The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) at SUNY-Stony Brook has submitted an application for Pre-candidate status via the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). “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 accreditation process aids the SUNY-Stony Brook SPPS in the development of the school, its curriculum, the hiring of qualified and exemplary faculty and staff, and producing effective, engaged, and transformative pharmacists.
For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Pre-candidate Status, Candidate Status, and Accredited Status.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Doctor of Pharmacy program of Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has applied for accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult ACPE (www.acpe-accredit.org) or the Office of the Dean (631-638-3738).
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.” The new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Stony Brook is waiting for accreditation from ACPE as well as approval by the NY State Education Department. Following New York State regulations, we cannot officially enroll students at 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.
Chronological Timeline for Application for Full Accreditation and the School’s status in the Application Process.
|Date (Range)||Step in the Process||Status|
|March 16, 2015||Received approval for the State University of New York (SUNY) to offer a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.||Completed|
|September 2016||Founding Dean L. Douglas Ried, PhD named||Completed|
|January 2017||Draft of Pre-candidate application submitted to ACPE||Completed|
|March 2017||On-site consultation with ACPE staff||Completed|
|April 2017||Submitted revised Pre-Candidate application to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).||Completed|
|June 2017||Meet With ACPE Board, if invited, to present Pre-candidate Application and request approval to recruit students for August 2018 admission.||Completed|
|July 2017||Leadership team and first-year faculty members begin employment.||Completed|
|September 2018||Submission of application to the New York Higher Education Board.||Completed|
|December 2017||Revise application and resubmit to ACPE||Completed|
|January 2018||Meet With ACPE Board, if invited, to present Pre-candidate Application and request approval to recruit students for August 2018 admission.||Completed|
|February 2018||If application approved, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences begins student recruitment||Completed|
|March-April 2018||ACPE Board of Directors has scheduled a on-site evaluation during May||Scheduled|
|June 2018||If application approved, ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant pre-candidate status|
|December 2017 - April 2018||Recruitment of second year faculty and staff||Started|
|July 2018-Sept 2018||Second-year faculty members begin employment.|
|August 2018||If application approved, SBU School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences matriculates first PharmD class|
|AY 2018-19||Submit application for Candidate status to ACPE|
|AY 2018-19||If application approved, comprehensive on-site evaluation to assess for readiness for Candidate status|
|December 2018 - April 2019||Recruitment of third year faculty and staff|
|July 2019-Sept 2019||Third-year faculty members begin employment.|
|July 2019||If application approved, ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant Candidate status|
|August 2019||If application approved, SBU School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences matriculates second PharmD class|
|December 2019 - April 2020||Recruitment of fourth year faculty and staff|
|July 2020-Sept 2020||Fourth-year faculty members begin employment.|
|August 2020||If application approved, SBU School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences matriculates third PharmD class|
|August 2021||If application approved, SBU School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences matriculates fourth PharmD class|
|May 2022||Inaugural Class graduates|
|July 2022||Application to ACPE Board of Directors to grant Full Accredited status|
|Fall 2022||If application approved, ACPE Full Accreditation visit.|
|January 2023||If application approved, ACPE grants Full Accreditation.|