published on July 12, 2016 - 6:12 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

California Health Sciences University in Clovis is one step closer to accreditation for its Doctor of Pharmacy program.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) recently moved the university from “pre-candidate” status to “candidate” status, the second phase of a three-step process toward full accreditation. ACPE is the national agency that accredits all Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

“We’re proud to achieve this critical milestone with ACPE, which grants our students the same rights as full accreditation allowing them to take the pharmacy board exams upon graduation,” said Florence Dunn, the founding president at CHSU, in a statement. “With the leadership and guidance from Dr. Wendy Duncun, Provost and Interim Dean of Pharmacy and her amazing team of administrators and faculty, we are providing our students with an excellent pharmacy education. This achievement also gives incoming students the reassurance they need to select our new, innovative pharmacy program right here in the Valley.”

CHSU initiated the accreditation process with the ACPE shortly after the university was founded in 2012. ACPE granted the CHSU College of Pharmacy pre-candidate accreditation in January 2014, allowing CHSU to welcome its first class of pharmacy students in August 2014.

Provost and Interim Dean of Pharmacy Wendy Duncun is very familiar with the accreditation process. In her role as a site evaluator for the American Council for Pharmaceutical Education, Duncun successfully completed self-studies resulting in accreditation and reaccreditation at four institutions at both the programmatic and regional level.

“We are creating a culture of student success at CHSU through our lifelong learning and leadership development programs to enable students, especially those from underserved communities in our region, to be successful in our program and have a great career as a pharmacist,” Duncun said in a statement. “We are preparing our graduates to perform at the top of the licenses through team-based learning and an innovative curriculum that includes physical assessment and delivery of primary health care services to meet the demand for health professionals in this region.”

The university and the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be eligible for full accreditation by WSCUC and ACPE upon graduation of the first class in 2018.

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