Accreditation


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (SACS) Accreditation Status

“The University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral level degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas at El Paso.”

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Accreditation Status

 For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Precandidate Status, Candidate Status, and Accredited Status.

Precandidate Status indicates a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate 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 Precandidate status and that has students enrolled, but has not yet had a graduating class.

Accredited status is awarded to a program that has successfully achieved Precandidate and Candidate statuses, met all ACPE standards for accreditation, and has graduated its first class.

The University of Texas El Paso School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program has been authorized by the Board of Directors for an on-site evaluation to be scheduled during spring 2017 for consideration of Precandidate status. Authorization of an on-site evaluation for consideration of Precandidate status does not carry with it nor imply an accreditation status. The on-site evaluation is authorized solely for purposes of gathering additional information in furtherance of an accreditation decision. The Board will consider Precandidate status at the next regularly scheduled meeting, which occur in January and June of each year, following the on-site evaluation.

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 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. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60503, 312-644- 3575; FAX 312-664-4652; website www.acpe-accredit.org

For more information regarding the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) Educational Outcome see http://www.aacp.org/resources/education/cape/Pages/default.aspx.

 José O. Rivera - CV

September 2015 Founding Dean José O. Rivera named Completed
November 2015 UT System Board of Regents establishes the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and creates the School of Pharmacy at UTEP Completed
March 2016 On-site consultation with ACPE staff Completed
April 2016 Precandidate status application report submitted to ACPE Completed
June 2016 UTEP SOP appears before ACPE Board of Directors Completed
July 2016 ACPE Board of Directors decision to authorize a comprehensive on-site evaluation Completed
September 2016 THECB Committee on Academic and Workforce Success (CAWS) reccomends approval for the School of Pharmacy Completed
September 2016 THECB approves the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and creates the School of Pharmacy at UTEP Completed
December 2016 Final Precandidate status application report submitted to ACPE Completed
January 2017 UTEP Pharmacy appears before ACPE Board of Directors Completed
February 2017 ACPE Board of Directors authorize a comprehensive on-site evaluation Completed
Spring 2017 Comprehensive on-site evaluation to assess for readiness for Precandidate status
June 2017 ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant Precandidate status
August 2017 UTEP SOP matriculates PharmD class
January - April 2018 Comprehensive on-site evaluation to assess for readiness for Candidate status
July 2018 ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant Candidate status
January 2020 Focused on-site evaluation to continue Candidate status
June 2020 ACPE Board of Directors decision to continue Candidate status
January 2021 Comprehensive on-site evaluation prior to graduating the first class to assess Accredited status readiness
May 2021 Inaugural Class graduates
July 2021 ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant Accredited status