OU College of Pharmacy Continuing Education Program Granted Accreditation With Commendation for Outstanding Quality of Education

Published: Monday, July 25, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy has earned accreditation with special commendation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Accreditation involves a process that takes nearly a year to complete. Commendation means that the educational provider is not only meeting, but exceeding the minimum requirements for accreditation.

“The College of Pharmacy is the sole ACPE-accredited provider of continuing pharmacy education in the state of Oklahoma,” said JoLaine R. Draugalis, RPh, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy dean. “Therefore, maintaining our status is critical. The commendation distinction reflects the high quality of the program content and delivery mechanisms.”

ACPE sets the national standards for the education of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. To receive accreditation, the educational facility must adhere to all ACPE guidelines and standards. Cassidy Roberts, outreach liaison for the College of Pharmacy, submitted a 500-page document to demonstrate the College was consistently meeting the strict standards.

"We are excited to be one of the first two in the nation to receive this commendation from our accrediting organization,” said Eric J. Johnson, CPA, MBA, the College’s senior associate dean for administration and finance. “As the only Oklahoma operated ACPE continuing professional development program, it allows our attendees to have their Continuing Education credits recognized across states. Additionally, the commendation validates the effort our staff puts into providing quality programs with outstanding presenters – many of which are faculty at the College – and maintaining the highest of standards as required by ACPE.” 


OU College of Pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

OU College of Pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in partnership with OU Health, offers the Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree program and graduate programs in the Pharmaceutical Sciences leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Since 1896, the College of Pharmacy has had more than 5,300 graduates.


OU Health is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. The flagship academic healthcare system is the clinical partner of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, one of the most comprehensive academic and research campuses in the country. With 10,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest doctor network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only dedicated children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health was named one of the Top 50 Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent rankings. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit ouhealth.com.