ACPE sets standards for the education of pharmacists  to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care. Since 1932, ACPE has worked with educational institutions and organizations to assure excellence is available for people in the pharmacy profession.

  • ACPE is recognized by the US Department on Education as the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy. ACPE also serves as the national agency for the accreditation of providers of continuing education.
  • ACPE offers evaluation and certification of professional degree programs internationally.
  • In collaboration with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, ACPE accredits pharmacy technician education and training programs.

Our History

Founded as the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) in 1932, the agency’s name was changed to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education in 2003.  ACPE initially established standards for the baccalaureate degree in pharmacy and then added the doctor of pharmacy standards as an alternative. In 2000, ACPE announced the conversion to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) as the sole entry-level degree for the profession of pharmacy. In 1975, ACPE developed standards for the approval (now, accreditation) of providers of continuing pharmacy education and in 1999, developed additional standards for the CE providers who were conducting certificate programs in pharmacy.

ACPE’s International Services Program (ISP) was established in February 2011. The program was created to strengthen ACPE’s ability to assist international stakeholders who seek guidance related to quality assurance and advancement of pharmacy education.

ACPE has been recognized continually by the US Department of Education since the inception of its accreditation agency recognition program in 1952 and was recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in April 2004.

A PDF of the historic listing of members of the ACPE Board of Directors and executive staff is found below.

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Our Mission and Values

ACPE Mission Statement

To assure and advance excellence in education for the profession of pharmacy. 

ACPE assures excellence in education for the profession of pharmacy by:

  • Establishing standards and criteria for the accreditation of pharmacy programs and continuing education providers
  • Promoting continuous quality improvement within its accredited groups and itself
  • Accrediting pharmacy education providers and programs
  • Reporting publicly on its activities
  • Encouraging innovation in pharmacy education
  • Emphasizing learning outcomes in pharmacy education
  • Consulting and assisting in the development and advancement of quality pharmacy education, including the conduct of accreditation research
  • Gathering and analyzing information and ideas from multiple sources and viewpoints and requesting and responding to feedback from its various constituencies as the basis for wise policy development and decision-making
  • Managing its resources responsibly

ACPE Values

    • Collaborative Leadership – ACPE sets its direction after collegial and meaningful dialogue with those it accredits, professional organizations, and other stakeholders.

    • Commitment – ACPE shows dedication to its core purpose by working with its stakeholders in the establishment and application of standards and measurable criteria for quality pharmacy education.
    • Continuous Quality Improvement – ACPE continually strives to improve by considering feedback from its stakeholders and learning from other accrediting organizations.
    • Innovation – ACPE encourages and embraces constructive change to better meet the needs of the public and other stakeholders.
    • Integrity – ACPE strives for fairness and consistency and to work with stakeholders in a professional manner.
    • Service – ACPE is supportive of and responsive to the needs of its stakeholders.


    A PDF of the bylaws for ACPE is found below.

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