School of Pharmacy
The UTEP School of Pharmacy (SOP) is a fully accredited school of pharmacy at The University of Texas at El Paso. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, our residency programs, and the services we provide to students interested in pharmacy.
Please consider giving to the UTEP SOP to help us fulfill our mission of “bridging borders for access and excellence: transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community service, research and leadership to benefit a 21st century demographic.”
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (SACSCOC) Accreditation Status
“The University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral level degrees. Questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas at El Paso may be directed to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on the SACSCOC website (https://www.sacscoc.org/).”
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Accreditation Status
The University of Texas at El Paso’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/664-3575; FAX 866/228-2631, website www.acpe-accredit.org.
The program was awarded Accredited status during the June 16-18, 2021, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon a virtual site evaluation conducted April 13-15, 2021, and discussion with University and School officials. Read the ACPE Board of Directors Report of Proceedings here. Full details regarding our change in status will be released on our website in the coming weeks.
For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation is a multi-year process that 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.
Graduates of a class designated as having Pre-Candidate or 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