Butler University’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program has earned an eight-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy.
Butler’s Pharm.D. program is one of the first in the country to earn the “full” eight-year accreditation, which was implemented by ACPE in January. Previous “full” accreditations were for a term of six years.
Butler’s pharmacy program has been accredited by ACPE since its founding in the 1930’s.
“It’s exciting to earn the re-accreditation and to get the full eight years,” said College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dean Mary Andritz. “It validates that we are doing a lot of things very well.”
The accreditation process includes a self-study report that provides demographic information about the program and evidence proving that the program operates in compliance with 30 standards. Butler’s self-study was more than 1,100 pages in length and took roughly two years to complete.
“We wanted the self study to be a very open process,” said Andritz. “While we had a re-accreditation committee leading the effort, our faculty, students, alumni, preceptors, and Board of Visitors, were encouraged to provide input.”
Along with the self-study report, an ACPE Evaluation Team conducts an onsite visit to verify the evidence presented in the report through interviews with the dean, faculty members and students. The team visiting Butler consisted of two faculty members and a dean from other pharmacy schools, a clinical practitioner, and ACPE staff member.
The team uses information gained from the visit to write a report which notes strengths and areas of improvement. Among the many strengths noted in Butler’s report was the recent (2009) 42,000 sq. ft. addition to the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building. As stated in the report, “It is a very student friendly environment, conducive to teaching, learning, and professional growth and development.”
The Pharm. D. program was also commended for its requirement that all students complete an experiential rotation in the provision of care to medically-underserved populations, and for the breadth of elective courses available to students.
Still fresh off receiving the news, “the College will take some time to celebrate,” according to Andritz. “You celebrate but then you work on the information the self study brought out. There are always areas to improve.”
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