Pharmacy Accreditation

D'Youville College's Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the:

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60603-4810
(312) 664-3575; FAX (312) 664-4652
www.acpe-accredit.org.

Graduates of a class designated as having candidate status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program, generally including eligibility for licensure.

New York State Department of Education (NYSED)

The D'Youville College School of Pharmacy is registered for professional purposes under Subchapter A of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (Chapter II of Title 8 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York); enabling all eligible Doctoral of Pharmacy students to receive financial aid.

Accreditation Disclosure Statement

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Precandidate accreditation status, Candidate accreditation status, and Full accreditation status. Precandidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate accreditation status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the School to admit its first class. Candidate accreditation status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class. Full accreditation status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate accreditation status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions. It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate accreditation status during the June 22-26, 2011, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted March 29-31, 2011, and discussion with College and School officials. An on-site evaluation will be scheduled during academic year 2012-2013 for purposes of gathering additional information to be considered in the Board's consideration of continued Candidate accreditation status. Based upon this evaluation, should the Board feel that Candidate accreditation status cannot be continued the School could respond to the Board's concerns and reapply prior to the graduation of the first class. If Candidate accreditation status is continued and the program continues to develop as planned, Full accreditation status of the Doctor of Pharmacy program would be considered by the Board following the graduation of students from the program.

Pre-candidate Status

Granting of Precandidate accreditation status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either Candidate accreditation status or Full accreditation status. Precandidate accreditation status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate accreditation status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of pharmacy that bear Precandidate accreditation status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure.

Candidate Status

With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate accreditation status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate accreditation status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.

Definitions

Preaccreditation
A newly instituted Doctor of Pharmacy program must be granted each of the two Preaccreditation statuses at the appropriate stage of its development. The standards are the same as those employed for accredited status, however, Preaccreditation involves planning in accord with the standards and provision of reasonable assurances for a quality outcome. A new program must achieve Precandidate accreditation status prior to beginning instruction of students1.
Precandidate
A newly instituted program that has no students enrolled but that meets the eligibility criteria (see "Eligibility for ACPE Accreditation or Preaccreditation") for accreditation may be granted Precandidate accreditation status. The granting of Precandidate status indicates that a program's planning for the Doctor of Pharmacy program has taken into account the standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurances of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of Full accreditation. Public disclosure by the program of the terms and conditions of Precandidate status is required (see paragraph 7, "Reference to Accreditation").
Candidate
Once students have enrolled in a new program that is currently recognized by ACPE with Precandidate status, such program may be granted Candidate accreditation status by ACPE. The granting of Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accordance with stated plans by the time the first class has graduated. Granting of Candidate status brings rights and privileges of Full accreditation. Public disclosure by the program of the terms and conditions of Candidate status is required (see paragraph 7, "Reference to Accreditation").

Complaint Policy

The School of Pharmacy's process for registering concerns and complaints is as follows:

1. A student who has a concern or a complaint about the School of Pharmacy or the Doctor of Pharmacy Program related to ACPE's accreditation standards, policies, or procedures may file a written, signed, and dated complaint using a standard complaint form available in the Office of the Assistant Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs. Alternatively, the student may choose to file an anonymous complaint or write directly to the ACPE. (The ACPE address is listed above).

2. The form will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs, recorded in a log of complaints, and then referred to the Leadership Team for analysis, discussion, and action.

3. The complaining student (assuming the complaint is not anonymous) will be notified of the resultant actions taken or planned.

4. All aspects of student complaints will be confidential. Notwithstanding this confidentiality requirement, the student complaint file and log of complaints maintained in the Office of the Assistant Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs will be made available to representatives of the ACPE in order to fulfill the requirements for accreditation.

5. Concerns and complains will also be considered in the School of Pharmacy's assessment, quality improvement, and self-study processes.

6. If and when a complaint regarding an ACPE standard is filed, those records will be chronologically maintained in the Office of the Dean. If a complaint regarding an ACPE standard is filed resulting in formal legal action, the School will notify ACPE immediately.

Photo Gallery

DYC faculty and students created a medicinal garden at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens in fall 2011. This is an ongoing joint community service project with Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (Catholic Health) which serves to educate the public about the different characteristics of medicinal plants.  

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