Touro New York College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been given the status of Accredited with Probation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652; www.acpe-accredit.org, for partial or non-compliance with the following standards: Standard No. 5: College or School and University Relationships; Standard No. 7: College or School Organization and Governance; Standard No. 10: Curricular Development, Delivery & Improvement; Standard No. 14: Curricular Core – Pharmacy Practice Experiences; Standard No. 19: Progression of Students; Standard No. 23: Professional Behavior and Harmonious Relationships; Standard No. 24: Faculty and Staff – Quantitative Factors; Standard No. 26: Faculty and Staff Continuing Professional Development. For an explanation of the program’s Accredited with Probation status, consult the Office of the Dean or ACPE.
On July 3, 2014, the Touro College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program status was changed from “Accredited” to “Accredited with Probation” by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE). During ACPE’s site visit to the school in Spring 2014, eight of the thirty accreditation standards were deemed in need of improvement. The identified standards address University relationships, governance, curriculum, clinical experiences, student progress, professional behavior and development. We wish to assure our students, faculty, staff, applicants and the community that the College remains accredited, albeit on probation, and that during this academic year, the College will continue to offer financial aid and other benefits associated with fully accredited programs.
While we do not agree with some of the assessments made by ACPE and are disappointed by this decision, we take the report seriously in all respects. We are already engaged with the ACPE in addressing these issues. Specifically, we are:
- Increasing support for students needing additional academic resources prior to entering the program, throughout the program, and in preparation for licensure examinations;
- Increasing the length of semesters and instructional hours to provide maximal opportunity for academic success;
- Strengthening clinical rotations to optimize clinical experience with diverse patient populations, and
- Establishing a college culture that fosters respect and professionalism in all venues, internal and external.
The ACPE Board will consider our progress at its January 2015 meeting.
The College wishes to assure all constituents that we continue the pursuit of our mission:
“…increased educational opportunities to society as a whole and, more specifically, to the Harlem community through programs in pharmacy education, research and scholarship, and service to the community and the profession. The College will strive to prepare students to be competent, caring, and ethical professionals dedicated to providing individualized care to patients, involved in community health, and supporting the health care team.”
“Our mission, with its focus on community and public health has brought many students to Touro,” said Alan Kadish, President of Touro College and University System. “As we face the challenge of recalibrating the PharmD program, we will continue to recruit from underrepresented student populations and to emphasize community health especially in underserved communities. We will use this opportunity to further enrich our program in order to achieve our goals of academic excellence and service to the community.”
On-time Graduation Rates, NAPLEX Results, Post Pharmacy Placement
ACPE has established a new policy detailing what information ACPE-accredited programs must make readily available to the public. These include:
- The on-time graduation rate for the most recent graduating class in the single degree pathway
- The most recent year’s NAPLEX® results for first-time takers as found on the NABP website; and
- A measure of student achievement for the most recent graduating class as determined by the institution or its pharmacy program.
Touro College of Pharmacy on-time graduation rate
Class of 2013: 96% (74/77)
As part of the requirement of becoming a licensed pharmacist, students are required to take the NAPLEX and MPJE examinations. The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.
NAPLEX pass rates are available for each of the United States schools and colleges of pharmacy can be found by visiting NABP. The data includes all candidates who reported graduating from one of the reported schools/colleges of pharmacy and took the exam within the same year.
2012 School Pass Rate
First Time TCOP Candidates: 81.97% (61/66)
Post Pharmacy Placement
The measurable outcomes of our graduates are determined by the Alumni Information Survey that is distributed at the end of their P4 year. Based on the response of the survey, our graduates have gone into various fields of pharmacy that includes residencies, fellowships, retail, industry and hospital opportunities.
Graduates entering residency programs in 2013: 11.6%
Graduates entering a fellowship program in 2013: 3%
Graduates entering retail, industry and hospital opportunities: 57%