Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education standards are worth ranking and they accredit pharmacy education colleges. ACPE accreditation guidelines help the institutions maintain excellence in education. Read on to know why you must study from an ACPE accredited university

Posted by Navya B on 5th April 2018

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education is a non-profit nationally recognized accrediting body. It is also named as ACPE and was established in the year 1932.

It was first named as American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

In the year 2003, the council of accreditation was changed to Accrediting Council for Pharmacy Education.

This accreditation is mainly for the pharmacy and its related edification.

The mission of this accrediting body is to represent and maintain the quality of Pharmacy universities and colleges.

International services program (ISP’s) was formed in February 2011 to assure the advanced levels of pharmacy courses and education.

 Guiding values of an Institution

This accreditation body wants the institution to follow few guiding values and some standards as listed below:

Standard 1:  Foundational Knowledge

  • The institution should apply foundational knowledge and maintain the integrity and behavioral analysis.

Standard 2:  Essentials for Practice and Care

  • They should have a patient-centered care.

  • Meditational uses and system management.

  • Health and wellness should be maintained.

  • Population care should be taken care of.

Standard 3: Approach to Practice and Care

  • Baseline education is the main aim.

  • The problem-solving strategy should be taken into consideration.

  • Interprofessional collaborations are important for an institution.

  • Cultural Sensitivity, that is should be able to recognize social dissimilarities.

Standard 4:  Personal and Professional Development

The important key points for this particular standard are:

  • Leadership

  • Self-Awareness

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Professionalism.

Institution Requirements for ACPE

  • A university/college should support learning and student academics.

  • An institution should offer all the online courses trending for the students.

  • The governing body of the institution should be liable.

  • Institutions should have specific goals and future plans to improve their future requirements.

  • A University should possess good reviews from the general public.

  • The institution’s evaluation should be checked on a regular basis.

  • All legal matters should be sorted out.

  • The institution should maintain integrity.

 List of colleges which are accredited by ACPE

Drake University Hampton University
Harding University Long Island University (LIU)
Howard University Ohio Northern University
Buffalo State University of New York University of Michigan
University of Utah West Virginia University

How does it benefit students?

  • It acts as a guide for students and parents to choose the best college/University for pharmacy.

  • It helps the students to acquire a good quality of education.

  • This accreditation adds value to the degree received by the students.

  • You can transfer your credits to another college in case of change of college accredited by another board of accreditation.

  • Students will get good opportunities in placements.


ACPE is an accrediting body for institutions which provides pharmacy courses. The production and dispensary for drugs are indirectly dependent on the quality of education provided during the course of study in pharmacy.

The ACPE council board is one of the accrediting bodies which declares the approval and refinement of the university and its procedures.