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Wegmans School of Pharmacy Earns Accreditation

August 3, 2016

The School was found compliant with all 30 standards and earned a full eight years of accreditation from the Council, which is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.

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St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy recently received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, ACPE sets the standards for the education of pharmacists to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care. The accreditation process included a self-study that began in fall 2014, as well as a site visit in spring 2016.

“We were pleased to receive such a positive report, and to be awarded the full eight years of accreditation for our program,” said Dr. Christine Birnie, interim dean of the School. “Faculty and staff continue to demonstrate a commitment to maintaining excellence in our program.  These results are consistent with our other program outcomes, all of which result in producing high performing graduates for the pharmacy profession.”

The first pharmacy school in Monroe County and the fifth in the state, the School was established in 2006 and offers a Doctor of Pharmacy program rooted in the mission of preparing pharmacists for lives of intellectual, professional, and civic integrity. The School is housed in a 37,000 square-foot building, made possible by a $5 million donation by the late Robert B. Wegman, then chairman of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Since its opening, the School has graduated more than 480 students, who consistently perform well on state-wide licensure exams. In June 2016, students taking the New York State Part III Exam enjoyed a 100 percent pass rate; the only school in the state to do so. Additionally, the 69 Fisher students who took the 2015 North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination for the first time earned a 97.10 percent pass rate, outperforming their peers from Albany College of Pharmacy, D’Youville College, and the University at Buffalo, among others. Fisher’s pass rate also exceeded the national average of 92.64 percent.

In addition to classroom and laboratory learning, 30 percent of the School’s curriculum includes experiential education components. Students participate in clinical rotations in a variety of health care settings in the Rochester area, and also have the opportunity to engage in medical missions and service trips to Montana, El Salvador, and India, among other places.

Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, president of the College, offered his gratitude to the faculty and staff at the School who worked on the accreditation process, which was led by Drs. Sean Leonard, Jill Lavigne, Jennifer Mathews, and Jane Souza.

“Earning this highly regarded accreditation speaks to the good work of the School of Pharmacy’s faculty and staff, the academic successes of our students, and professional accomplishments of our graduates,” he said.  “In the 10 years since its founding, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy has earned a tremendous reputation in our region and has made a profound impact on health care throughout New York State and beyond.”