BANGOR, Maine — Husson University’s School of Pharmacy has cleared its first hurdle toward accreditation.
The National Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education, the accrediting body of pharmacy schools, has given Husson’s school candidate status, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
“This is an exciting step for the program and leads us toward the final approval by ACPE,” Rod Larson, dean of the School of Pharmacy, said in the press release. “Our second class of 65 students will be arriving on campus this fall, and having candidate status validates all of the hard work put into building the school over the past three years.”
A candidate program, under the rules of accreditation, is one that has not yet graduated its first class, according to Julie Green, spokeswoman for Husson. The program will be evaluated at least two more times before its accreditation is complete, she said.
Applications for the program increased from 155 last year to 645 this year, according to Larson.
“Even though we are getting applicants from many other states, more than half of the successful applicants who have accepted offers are from Maine,” he said. “This fits in well with our mission to improve the practice of pharmacy and rural health care in the state.”
The first class is scheduled to graduate in May 2013.