Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy receives pre-candidate status
Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 12:10 pm
The Messenger 07.09.08
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has announced that Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy has been granted pre-candidate status, the highest designation granted a new college of pharmacy.
Pre-candidate status gives a green light to enrolling the first class of Lipscomb student pharmacists.
The inaugural class of 75 pharmacy students, some hailing from as far away as California and Florida, has already been selected and the majority attended early orientation in May.
They will begin classes Aug. 11 in the Burton Health Sciences Center, a newly-renovated 44,000-square-foot building that officials hope will be certified as the state’s first “green” classroom building in July.
“This decision is a reflection of the quality of the plan put forward by the faculty and staff and unparalleled support committed by the university administration and board of trustees,” said Dr. Roger L. Davis, dean of the pharmacy college. “Clearly, ACPE has confidence Lipscomb will continue to develop the pharmacy college with the highest levels of academic performance and integrity.
“I commend our team for their hard work and vision over the past two years. When most of our first students were on campus last month, it was inspiring to see their enthusiasm. Now I am doubly excited to welcome such a quality group of students to a program also recognized for its high quality,” he said.
In response to the growing need for highly-qualified pharmacists throughout the nation, Lipscomb University announced in September 2006 that it would create the third pharmacy college in the state, the first in Middle Tennessee. Davis, former assistant dean for Middle Tennessee at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, was appointed dean of Lipscomb’s college in January 2007.
In the past year and a half, Lipscomb has hired 13 faculty, signed more than 50 educational affiliation agreements with Middle Tennessee health care facilities, pharmacies and hospitals and created joint appointments for faculty to teach and conduct research at Vanderbilt University.
The pharmacy college will immediately begin working on its application for candidate status, the next step in the process. It takes two years to achieve candidate status, which provides students the same rights and privileges of graduates of a fully-accredited existing program.
After four years of study in the college of pharmacy, the inaugural class will receive its doctor of pharmacy degrees, Lipscomb’s first doctorate degree. Full accreditation is granted to candidate status colleges who have graduated their first class. Achievement of pre-candidate status does not guarantee approval at the candidate or full accreditation level.