Union School of Pharmacy earns pre-candidate status
Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 11:26 am
The Messenger 07.02.08
Union University’s School of Pharmacy has been granted pre-candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, clearing the way for Union to admit its first class this fall.
“It’s a huge step,” said Sheila Mitchell, founding dean of Union’s School of Pharmacy. “The ACPE approval certainly allows us now to officially admit our first class, but it also means that a panel of experts has confidence in the excellence that defines Union’s program. We’re well on our way in the accreditation process and are excited about moving forward with our first class of students.”
The inaugural class will consist of 45 students. All faculty members are in place.
Representatives from ACPE visited Union in the spring.
“When they left, we had an outstanding exit interview with them,” Mitchell said. “We met all standards at that point. They were very complimentary of the faculty and of the program we had put together.”
The next step in the accreditation process is another site visit by ACPE in the spring. The pharmacy program is eligible for full accreditation after the first class has graduated.
“We congratulate Dean Mitch-ell, Provost Carla Sanderson and the entire faculty and staff of the School of Pharmacy on this historic day,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “Furthermore, we are grateful to the Union University Board of Trustees, the West Tennessee health care community and the numerous donors, faculty, staff, friends and consultants who have helped the Union University School of Pharmacy reach this place where we are ready officially to open the doors.”