The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Board of Directors granted full accreditation status to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Presbyterian College on July 2, 2014. ACPE is the national agency for accrediting pharmacy education programs.
The accreditation review process began in January of 2010 when the ACPE granted PCSP pre-candidate accreditation status, allowing the school to admit its first class in the fall of 2010, and in June 2011, PCSP was awarded candidate accreditation status allowing PCSP students to graduate and sit for the board exam. Two years later, the ACPE awarded the PC School of Pharmacy continued candidate accreditation status.
“This has been a long process, and we’re very proud of our recent full accreditation status,” said Dean of PCSP Dr. Cliff Fuhrman. “We owe a tremendous thank you to our faculty, staff, students and preceptors who have provided the hard work and dedication needed to ensure the success of this program. Watching our first 76 graduates receive their pharmacy hoods was a proud moment that I’m confident none of us will forget.”
Presbyterian College President Dr. Claude Lilly said, “I would like to congratulate Dean Fuhrman, the faculty, staff and students for their outstanding efforts in attaining full accreditation of the program. This newly acquired accreditation status will only bolster the incredibly strong reputation the PC School of Pharmacy has established over the last few years. To be the first four-year pharmacy program accredited in Upstate South Carolina is a huge honor, and we hope to set a standard of quality education for other programs across the state.”