VESTAL, N.Y. — Binghamton University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) can begin enrolling students after a ruling from its accrediting body.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has approved the school for precandidate status for its doctor of pharmacy program, the school said in a news release.
ACPE grants precandidate status when it believes a school has taken ACPE standards and guidelines into account during the planning process.
It also “suggests reasonable assurance” of moving to candidate status, which is required for graduates to meet the educational requirements for licensure.
“This accreditation action was taken in recognition of the programmatic development at the school and with confidence that existing school and programmatic needs will continue to be addressed in a timely manner and to the satisfaction of the ACPE board of directors,” ACPE said in the Binghamton University release.
Binghamton’s precandidate status continues until June 30, 2018, with an on-site evaluation for consideration of candidate status scheduled in the spring of 2018, the school said.
Binghamton is also required to update ACPE by May 1 of this year on its program’s overall development and “state of readiness to matriculate its inaugural class in the fall.”
“We’re all looking forward to welcoming our inaugural class in August 2017,” Gloria Meredith, SOPPS founding dean, said. “Our students will learn from an innovative curriculum that includes a broad range of opportunities in different practice settings and through research. I’m confident this school will be a great asset for our community and will help address gaps in the health-related workforce in our region.”
ACPE made the decision, “in part,” based on a site visit an evaluation team made in last October.
The visit included meetings with stakeholders, along with a tour of the Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park in Johnson City, where Binghamton is locating the SOPPS.
Construction on the project is “moving forward,” with the building expected to be ready for occupation in fall 2018, the school said.
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