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The University is proud to announce that its Doctor of Pharmacy Program in its School of Pharmacy has been awarded full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The Council voted to award the School full accreditation in late June and notified the School of its decision on July 2. The decision was supported by a positive ACPE Site Visit in March.

This achievement is a culmination of more than five years of CUW’s visionary leadership, as well as countless hours of work by faculty, staff, administrators, preceptors, and students. According to School officials, this also couldn’t have been accomplished without generous support from community partners.

“We are very thankful to all our practice site partners, preceptors, and donors,” said Dr. Dean Arneson, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “The amount of time and support from so many in the region is the reason for our success,” he added.

Full accreditation, which evaluates 30 different standards, demonstrates academic and professional excellence in pharmacy and servant leadership, according to Dr. Arneson.

“The accreditation is the next big step into the validation of our program,” said Dr. Arneson. “It means the qualifications of a good program have been met and that this past May the first CUW School of Pharmacy class (67 students known as the Genesis class) graduated. The students began the program back in 2010 as a way to fill the acute shortage of the pharmacists in the state of Wisconsin. According to Dr. Arneson, approximately 70 percent of this year’s graduates stay in Wisconsin to work.

In the fall of 2011 the new School of Pharmacy building officially opened on CUW’s campus. The $12 million building features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for instructing students and conducting research. A study done prior to the School of Pharmacy officially opening found the economic impact to the area from the School to exceed $9 million per year.

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— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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