The Doctor of Pharmacy program of Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) has applied for accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 644-3575; FAX (312) 664-4652. “ACPE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national agency for accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy, and is also the national agency for the accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy education.”

The SPPS is also waiting for approval by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Following NYSED regulations, we cannot officially enroll students in the School until we receive both approvals. While the School’s acceptance of a student's application does not guarantee that the program will be approved by NYSED and accredited by the ACPE, we are doing our best to secure these formal approvals. 

For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps:

Step 1: Pre-candidate Status indicates a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Pre-candidate Status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that meets all eligibility criteria but has no students enrolled. This status authorizes the program to admit its first class. ACPE defines pre-candidate status as: “A new program that has no students enrolled but that meets the eligibility criteria for accreditation may be granted pre-candidate accreditation status. The granting of pre-candidate status indicates that a college or school’s planning for the Doctor of Pharmacy program has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurances of moving to the next step, that of candidate status. Granting of pre-candidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation. Full public disclosure by the college or school of pharmacy of the terms and conditions of this accreditation status is required.”

Step 2: Candidate Status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that has been previously awarded Pre-candidate status and that has students enrolled, but has not yet had a graduating class. Historically, graduates of a class designated as having Candidate Status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accordance with its decisions. However, decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity ultimately reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.

Step 3: Full Accreditation Status is awarded to a program that has successfully achieved Pre-candidate and Candidate statuses, met all ACPE standards for accreditation, and has graduated its first class.