The pharmacy colleges of both Lipscomb and Belmont universities have received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
The ACPE accreditation comes after completing six years of program planning and implementation, and requires colleges to meet standards related to the program’s mission, adequacy of resources and student outcomes.
“It has been a team effort in building this program from the ground up by more than 300 student pharmacists, more than 40 faculty and staff members, 350 preceptors as well as the vision and leadership of the university’s administration and board of trustees and the entire Lipscomb community,” said Roger Davis, dean of Lipscomb’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in a press release.
Belmont’s College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Phil Johnston said, “This wonderful announcement is the culmination of efforts from so many great people, from our Board of Trustees, our Belmont University leadership, wonderful faculty and our students. We also must thank so many health care professionals, especially pharmacists in the Nashville region, for working with us this past five years. We could not have provided such rich experiences without them. And I want to particularly thank the first graduating class who were the pioneers in the program, and who now are preparing to practice throughout the country.”
Both Lipscomb and Belmont’s colleges awarded their first doctoral degrees in May.
The ACPE accreditations, both announced Thursday extends until June 30, 2014, which is the customary two-year term for a new program receiving full accreditation status.