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Pharm.D. Program Accreditation

The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy’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

The doctor of pharmacy program was reaccredited in August 2020. The accreditation term extends until June 30, 2028, which represents the customary eight-year cycle between self-studies.

The accreditation term granted for the doctor of pharmacy program extends until June 30, 2028, which represents the customary eight-year cycle between self-studies.

The professional program of the School and its accreditation status is designated on ACPE’s web site,

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has three program outcomes for our doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum

We will create…

Exemplary pharmacy practitioners who provide high-quality, team-based, patient-centered care;

Leaders and innovators who identify opportunity, lead teams toward improvement and change, and positively impact human health and health care; and

Lifelong learners who continually strive for positive impact both personally and professionally.

The core competencies reflect the skills, areas of knowledge, and abilities that we aspire to foster in our students throughout their time at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. We believe these attributes are critical to achieving our Pharm.D. program outcomes and advancing the practice of pharmacy. Our students are expected to develop the following core competencies through coursework, immersion experiences (practica), and co-curricular experiences:

  1. In depth knowledge and proficient skills in the pharmaceutical sciences and the practice of pharmacy: demonstrate an in-depth understanding of medicines, human health, and health care, and apply the principles and practice of pharmacy to advance human health and health systems
  2. Accessing and analyzing information: identify, locate, critically evaluate, and process information to arrive at an informed opinion
  3. Critical thinking and problem solving: engage in the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, and events to identify, prevent, or solve problems
  4. Communication: effectively develop, express, and listen to ideas that inform, inspire, or create focus
  5. Collaboration and Influence: work effectively with others to create networks and groups that respect differences and make progress toward a common goal
  6. Adaptability: demonstrate a willingness and ability to change in order to fit new surroundings, ideas, trends, and technologies
  7. Initiative: be self-directed; seek out new opportunities, ideas, and strategies; take responsibility for implementing plans and ideas
  8. Curiosity and Inquisitiveness: demonstrate a desire to learn and understand more than is currently understood
  9. Professionalism and ethical behavior: uphold the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior and act appropriately, thoughtfully, and with integrity at all times


Ph.D. Program Accreditation

An internal self-study of the School’s graduate program occurs every eight years, with the last self-study occurring in 2016. This information is used to inform the program review process within the University.

The graduate program in Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S. and Ph.D.) is reviewed as part of the University’s accreditation process every ten years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Program Review at UNC-Chapel Hill is outlined at The Graduate School.