Marshall University School of Pharmacy Accreditation Status

We are pleased to announce that Marshall University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, website


The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation involves three steps: Precandidate accreditation status, Candidate accreditation status, and Full accreditation status. Precandidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate accreditation status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the college or school to admit its first class. Candidate accreditation status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that is currently recognized by ACPE with Precandidate status and has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class. Full accreditation status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate accreditation status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program, generally including eligibility for licensure. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions. It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.

Should the School enroll and begin instruction of its inaugural class without first achieving Precandidate accreditation status, fail to achieve Candidate accreditation status, or fail to advance to Full accreditation status within five years following the submission of the initial application, any graduates would be considered to have graduated from an unaccredited Doctor of Pharmacy program. It is unlikely that graduates of an unaccredited Doctor of Pharmacy program will meet licensing requirements in any U.S. jurisdiction.

For more information on the ACPE accreditation process, please contact the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site

Regional Accreditation

Marshall University is accredited as an institution of higher learning by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. HLC has approved the institution’s request to award the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Higher Learning Commission Letter

2016 ACPE Comprehensive Review

Preparation for a comprehensive review by ACPE in Spring 2016 is currently underway within the Marshall University School of Pharmacy. The purpose of the review will be to determine whether the School is fully compliant with all accreditation standards and therefore eligible to receive Full Accreditation. As part of the review, the School must provide a detailed self-study report and undergo a comprehensive on-site review by an accreditation team by ACPE. A description of the self-study process and on-site review is provided below.

Self-study Report

The School of Pharmacy has established a Steering Committee for the 2015-16 academic year to prepare the ACPE self-study report. The committee has been carefully selected to include broad representation from the School’s faculty, students, and administration. Once the committee has prepared a complete draft of the report, it will be disseminated to all faculty in the School for comment and final revisions in early Spring 2016 prior to submission to ACPE. The self-study report will be made publicly available on this site following the comprehensive review by ACPE.

Comprehensive On-site Evaluation

The School will be hosting a team from ACPE for an On-Site Evaluation from March 29 to March 31, 2016. The on-site evaluation is one component of the accreditation process and results in an Evaluation Team Report that is used by the ACPE Board of Directors to make an accreditation decision. The on-site evaluation follows a pre-determined and highly structured schedule that includes interviews with the dean, faculty, students, and university administrators. A survey is made of physical and practice facilities as well as other educational resources. Once the Focused Review process has concluded, the Evaluation Team Report will also be made available on this site.

2015 ACPE Focused Review

A focused review of the School of Pharmacy was conducted by ACPE during the 2014-15 academic year in order to evaluate the continued growth of the School toward meeting the accreditation standards. The review consisted of an in-depth self-study prepared by the School as well as an on-site evaluation conducted by ACPE on March 31 to April 1, 2015. Outcomes from the review of the self-study and the site visit were positive: the School was found to be at the expected stage of development and has been authorized to continue under Candidate Status until after graduation of its first class in May 2016. At that time, the School will be considered for Full Accreditation following submission of a revised self-study and a comprehensive on-site review during the 2015-16 academic year.

In order to promote transparency, the 2015 Self-study Report as well as the 2015 Evaluation Team Report from the ACPE site visit team are provided below:

2015 Evaluation Team Report

2015 Self-Study Report

2013 ACPE Comprehensive Review

The Marshall University School of Pharmacy completed a Comprehensive Review by ACPE in spring 2013. The Comprehensive Review consisted of both a Self-Study report and an On-Site Evaluation. Following the review, ACPE granted Candidate Status to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Marshall University. The report from the ACPE Evaluation Team as well as the School’s Self-Study report have been provided below.

2013 Evaluation Team Report

2013 Self-Study Report

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