The University of North Texas’ Health Science Center College of Pharmacy has been accredited for the first time. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education approved the Fort Worth center two months after its inaugural pharmacy class graduated.
According to ACPE, the accreditation signifies that the UNTHSC pharmacy program meets all 25 standards of qualification and education. Accreditation is designed to provide a guideline basis for educational institutions where students are pursuing a doctorate in pharmacy.
The ACPE gave an accreditation for two years, since UNTHSC pharmacy school is still new. In 2019, the college will be eligible for a longer term.
Since UNTHSC opened, the pharmacy faculty members have raked in more than $24 million in research funding focusing on cataracts and opioid abuse. Moreover, the facility has designed affiliation agreements with community pharmacies around Dallas-Fort Worth including CVS Health, Walgreens, Tom Thumb, and Walmart, as well as pharmacies in hospitals and health systems.
Dr. Charles Taylor, UNT System College of Pharmacy dean, believes the accreditation will help accelerate the school’s progress in pharmaceutical research and student education in North Texas. “This is a journey that’s taken several years, and the process is methodical and thorough,” Taylor said in a statement. “It’s incredibly exciting—and a testament to the quality of education our student pharmacists are receiving … There’s a strong foundation that’s been built here, and with accreditation, now we’re able to focus on what’s next.”