WSU College of Pharmacy accreditation renewed through 2023

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy has received confirmation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) that effective February 5, 2015, the college has been awarded reaccreditation for its Doctor of Pharmacy program through June 2023.

“ACPE also has endorsed the college’s plans to extend the Doctor of Pharmacy program to Yakima, Washington, beginning this August,” said Gary M. Pollack, dean of the college. The accreditation covers both Spokane and Yakima locations, but WSU will continue to provide updates to the ACPE after student pharmacists in Yakima complete their first year and the program continues to grow.

The College of Pharmacy was founded in 1891 and has been accredited since 1912. The college’s main degree programs include the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and the doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.). The College of Pharmacy employs about 120 faculty and staff, with over 400 adjunct faculty and primary preceptors. There are currently 450 students enrolled, and the college has about 3,160 alumni.

The college relocated from Pullman to the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane in December 2013, but has been heavily involved in the Spokane health care community since the 1970s through internships, experiential rotations, and pharmacy residency programs. As of 2013, the WSU College of Pharmacy is ranked 38th out of around 130 pharmacy schools in the country by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

[March 17, 2015] Lori J. Maricle