ACPE's decision was made based on a site evaluation and PCOM's self-study as well
as communications with the school.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) recently granted the Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine Doctor of Pharmacy program, located in Suwanee, Georgia, eight years of continued accreditation. The accreditation term was extended through June 30, 2028, which represents a customary
eight-year cycle, according to ACPE. The accreditation decision was made at the ACPE
board of directors meeting held July 29 - August 1, 2020.
Shawn Spencer, RPh, PhD, dean and chief academic officer of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, said, “ACPE safeguards
quality in pharmacy education by verifying accreditation standards are met within
the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. The faculty, staff, students, preceptors and
administrators within the School of Pharmacy have all worked together to ensure programmatic
excellence which helped us achieve continued accreditation status in light of more
rigorous ACPE standards.”
According to ACPE, the decision was made based on an onsite evaluation held March
10 - 12, 2020, the School of Pharmacy’s self-study, along with additional communications
with the school. ACPE is not scheduled to conduct another site visit at PCOM until
the 2027-28 academic year, however monitoring of the School of Pharmacy’s accreditation
status will occur regularly.
PCOM Provost Kenneth Veit, DO, MBA, said, “We are extremely proud of the tremendous effort put forth by the PCOM School
of Pharmacy community to maintain a quality program and to earn continuing accreditation
from ACPE. I congratulate Dean Spencer and all involved for meeting each of ACPE’s
accreditation standards and thereby garnering continuing accreditation status for
the next eight years.”
Founded in 2010, the PCOM School of Pharmacy is a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program consisting of the Department of Pharmaceutical
Sciences and the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Students enrolled in the PharmD
program have the option of enhancing their credentials by pursuing a concentration or a dual degree program. Concentration areas include acute care pharmacy, ambulatory care pharmacy and managed
care pharmacy. PharmD students also may pursue one of three online graduate business
programs offered in partnership with Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
The school’s vision is to be recognized “as a national leader in educating doctors
of pharmacy who influence and impact health.” The mission of the School of Pharmacy
is to “promote the health and well-being of diverse communities in society by training
student learners to become collaborative healthcare team members, advocates and leaders
The SOP achieves its mission through “advancement of contemporary pharmacy practice,
interprofessional education, patient-centered care, innovative research, a commitment
to service, and lifelong personal and professional development.”
ACPE’s official accreditation language confirms that “PCOM School of Pharmacy’s Doctor
of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
(ACPE), 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60603-4810, 312-664-3575, fax
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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