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Pharmacy Milestones

It has been an exciting time for the University’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The school’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program has secured full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of pharmacy education. The accreditation term extends until June 30, 2018, which is the customary two-year term for a new program gaining accreditation status for the first time. ACPE representatives found FDU’s PharmD program to be compliant on all 30 accreditation standards, which is the best result that a program can earn. For more information go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/press-releases/2015-2016/07/fdu-school-of-pharmacy-receives-full-accreditation-from-the-acpe/.

“We are building the future of pharmacy with our program as we educate the next generation of health care leaders. Receiving accreditation is a huge milestone in the life of our program. We are excited about the coming opportunities this will bring for our students, and the 69 students who just graduated in our inaugural class in May 2016,” said Michael Avaltroni, school dean.

Michael Avaltroni and sign
Michael Avaltroni, dean, pharmacy/health sciences, with the sign of the new school name.

At the annual Academic Convocation on September 7, the School of Pharmacy’s name was changed to School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to reflect its new expansion.

“In addition to the doctor of pharmacy,” said President Christopher Capuano, “the master of health sciences and, eventually the doctor of physical therapy and master of science in physician assistant studies, will be added as new programming in the expanded school. The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health will join the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in offering undergraduate and graduate programming in nursing within our health science facility in Florham Park.”

Pharmacy Ribbon Cutting
Cutting the ribbon at the additional third floor of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are, from left, Richard Reiss, senior vice president for University advancement; Gillian Small, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Michael Avaltroni, dean, pharmacy/health sciences; Patrick Zenner, MBA’75 (Ruth), and chair, Board of Trustees; and Christopher Capuano, president.

After the convocation, a ribbon cutting was held at the facility to celebrate the opening of the additional third floor. See http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2016-2017/09/ribbon-cutting-celebrates-new-name-and-more-space-for-fdus-pharmacy-school/ .

The new facility includes an interprofessional simulation laboratory, a patient assessment laboratory, active learning classrooms, and student study and social space. A $2.8 million grant from the state of New Jersey supported the build-out of the third floor.

Pharmacy Faciities
Facilities in the newly opened third floor at the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences include, from left, an interprofessional simulation laboratory, a student study and social space and a patient assessment laboratory.

In addition, the school was named the 10th best place to work in New Jersey by The Best Places to Work in New Jersey Program created by NJBiz and organized by Best Companies Group. This program identifies, recognizes and honors the top places of employment in New Jersey that benefit the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. For more information go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/press-releases/2015-2016/05/fairleigh-dickinsons-school-of-pharmacy-named-one-of-the-best-places-to-work-in-new-jersey/.