Doctor of Pharmacy program granted continued accreditation

Campbell University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted continued accreditation for eight years, the maximum time allowed between self-studies, by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

The accolade underscores the program’s commitment to maintaining high standards of excellence in pharmacy education. The ACPE’s stamp of approval signifies that Campbell University’s pharmacy program aligns with the rigorous criteria and guidelines set forth by the accrediting body.

Reflecting on this achievement, Jeff Mercer (PharmD, MBA), dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, said, “The continued accreditation from ACPE is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our faculty, preceptors and staff to providing a high-quality education for our pharmacy students. This recognition reinforces the integrity of our program and ensures that we are equipping future pharmacists with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this dynamic field of healthcare.”

Beth Mills (’98 PharmD), chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, emphasized the significance of ACPE accreditation to students and expressed her gratitude.

“ACPE accreditation not only validates the integrity of our curriculum but also assures our students that they are receiving an education that meets educational standards across the country,” Mills said. “Continued accreditation reassures students that the foundation of our pharmacy program is strong and gives our graduates confidence in their readiness to contribute meaningfully to the pharmacy profession and make a positive impact on patient care. A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated students for their commitment to excellence in their academic journey and their contributions to the success of our program.”

Top-ranked program

The Doctor of Pharmacy program stands out as a leader in pharmacy education. One distinguishing feature is the program’s three-year North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) average pass rate, making it the top-ranked private school program in the state based on NABP-reported NAPLEX scores. According to Mercer, the accomplishment not only underscores the program’s “unwavering commitment to academic excellence,” but also solidifies Campbell University’s reputation for producing highly competent and successful pharmacy professionals.

Another factor that sets the program apart is its exceptional residency match rate, earning the 18th spot nationally according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). With a 92 percent residency match rate, the program surpasses the national average of 82%, underscoring the outstanding caliber of students emerging from the program.

Mercer said the accomplishment not only reflects the program’s commitment to academic excellence, but it also highlights its emphasis on practical training and postgraduate success, preparing students to excel in diverse and dynamic health care environments. The program’s consistently high residency match rates contribute to its reputation as a hub for cultivating future leaders and innovators in the field of pharmacy.

About ACPE
ACPE sets standards for the education of pharmacists to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care. Since 1932, ACPE has worked with educational institutions and organizations to assure excellence is available for people in the pharmacy profession.