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Accreditation

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees*.

  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The University of Florida was first accredited in 1913.

Understanding Accreditation

In the United States, there are two types of institutional accreditation for colleges and universities, regional and national. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducts institutional regional accreditation.

Regional Accreditation
Regional accreditation is a measurement the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) uses to ensure that schools meet rigorous and up-to-date standards of education and professionalism. All schools must be accredited, and their curriculum must pass approval with a DOE-approved accreditation board.

  • There are six regional associations, each named after the region in which it operates (Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Western). The regional associations are independent of one another, but they cooperate extensively and acknowledge one another’s accreditation. The University of Florida is regionally accredited, and meets the educational standards of the Department of Education. As such, our course credits are generally eligible for transfer to another institution, if you choose to continue your education at a different school or program.

National Accreditation
National accreditation commissions focus on particular kinds of institutions (for example, trade and technical colleges, and religious colleges and universities); their standards are typically less defined when compared with regional accrediting bodies. One major disadvantage of attending a nationally accredited school is the inability to transfer credits between multiple institutions, should you choose to continue your education at a different school or in a different program.

*Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida. www.sacscoc.org/

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10 Responses to “Accreditation”

  1. yeshiu says:

    how many years is this program?

    • mgil says:

      Hi Yeshiu,

      Program requirements can be completed in as little as 3 years, and you have a total of 7 years to complete the program. Thank you!

  2. Lyndel says:

    What are the requirements for a preceptor? Our director has a BS in pharmacy and is a preceptor for both Auburn Univ. and South University in Savannah, GA.
    Thank You

    • mgil says:

      Preceptors must be approved by the University of Florida. Practitioners who desire to precept a WPPD student must complete an online application with the University. Ideal preceptors include a pharmacist who already has his/her Pharm D, a pharmacist with their Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with advanced clinical experience, or a pharmacist who has done a residency or fellowship, or a pharmacist who is board certified. Therefore, the preceptors should have advanced training and experience. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-800-431-6687 if you have any further questions. Thank you.

  3. Radwa says:

    Hi.. I’m An egyptian citizen and i have a BS of pharmacy in egypt… I want to have Pharm D at your college.. What’s the requirement to get it? Thanks alot

    • mgil says:

      Thank you for your question. To be eligible for the program, you must be a licensed pharmacist in the U.S. or Canada with your Bachelors of Pharmacy degree to be eligible to apply to the program. If your BS of Pharmacy degree was from outside the U.S. or Canada, you must be a licensed pharmacist in the U.S. to be eligible. If you have any further questions, please call 1-800-431-6687 to speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

  4. Belal says:

    Hi There

    Is a foreign Pharmacy Graduate with (B.S degree) entitled for enrollment in this program WHILE doing the 2000 internship hours mandated by the Florida board of Pharmacy to be eligible for licensing?

    • mgil says:

      Thank you for your question. However, you must be a licensed pharmacist in the US or Canada to be eligible to apply. Once you have obtained your license you will be eligible to join the program. If you have any further questions, we encourage you to call 1-800-431-6687 to speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

  5. Marie says:

    Is the working professionals Pharm D progam ACPE accredited?

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