ACPE considers first time submission of new program applications only once per year in the spring approximately 18 months prior to the first student’s matriculation into the professional portion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Preliminary applications and fees are due to ACPE January 15th and final applications are due April first. Chapman University has delivered the draft January 2014 application for consideration of Pre-Candidate status. Our final application is prepared for April delivery. The standards within that application require the development of certain curricula, policy, procedures and the employment of appropriately qualified school leaders and faculty. As we have applied for a site visit, the next risk area students should be aware of is the potential that Chapman University School of Pharmacy may not have its site visit for consideration approved, thereby leading to a delay in the earliest possible approval of Pre-Candidate Status, Candidate and Full Accreditation Status. Other risk points involve each of the visits and reviews that occur annually where ACPE examines the school’s progress as a pre-candidate or candidate for accreditation. Chapman University could be delayed in receiving approval of its candidate status at any point or have that candidate status denied by ACPE. Similarly, Chapman University School of Pharmacy may be delayed in receiving Full Accreditation. Those risks could affect the student’s right to take licensing examinations on the timeline they initially expected. The granting of a site visit by ACPE or approval of pre-candidate status does not carry with it or grant any accreditation rights. Candidate status must be achieved and retained by programs to ensure students right to take licensure exams.
Chapman University is committed to providing its students with the highest quality education. Every effort is being made to avoid any potential for delay, denial or withdrawal from consideration for the various ACPE site visit, pre-candidate, candidate or full accreditation status approvals required. That said, we cannot guarantee timely ACPE accreditation approval and any students applying must sign a statement indicating they understand these risks. Chapman University will commit to an exit strategy which assists students in locating alternative pharmacy schools and pathways to graduation and will provide the resources and faculty to implement that strategy for all students in the unlikely event that it should become necessary.
Our requirements for application and the pre-requisite courses and grades that need to be earned prior to entering the School of Pharmacy are specified elsewhere within this document. Applications for the inaugural class of students to enter in both the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016 are being accepted now.