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Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy Awarded Full Accreditation: Four-Year Program Graduated First Class in May 2013

July 8, 2013

Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy, the first such program in the nation to be established on the campus of a women’s undergraduate college, has  received full accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the official accrediting body of pharmacy programs at U.S. colleges and universities. The School of Pharmacy, a key component in Notre Dame’s recent transition to University status, welcomed its first class students in 2009 and awarded its first 53 doctorates in May.

News of the accreditation comes as the School of Pharmacy prepares to unveil a new $2.5 million expansion to its research facilities in fall 2013 and projects enrollment to reach 256.

“This is a historic achievement for Notre Dame of Maryland University and a testament to the vision and pioneering leadership of Dr. Anne Lin and the School of Pharmacy faculty, the hard work of our pharmacy students and the overwhelming support of the Baltimore community,” said Dr. James F. Conneely, president of the university. “As our first graduates begin to practice in community pharmacies and hospitals throughout the region, we are proud that they have been prepared to serve as committed, compassionate providers of care.”

Notre Dame’s the School of Pharmacy, which educates women and men, prepares student pharmacists to be compassionate, ethical professionals who improve medication use and provide quality patient care to a diverse population, developing leaders and advancing public health.

Five focus areas form the basis of Notre Dame’s distinctive pharmacy curriculum: leadership development; women’s health across the lifespan; public health; the care of diverse populations; and professionalism. The innovative Advocaring program partners students with one of 12 community-based organizations for patient care experiences and experiential learning, beginning from the first year. The pharmacy program’s fourth year is dedicated to a prescribed set of clinical rotations delivered in actual practice settings.

Since its opening, the School of Pharmacy has garnered accolades for its programs and leadership:   

  • Payal Agarawal, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacy, received the 2012 National Biotechnology Conference Innovation in Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) for her research on oral delivery systems for Type-2 diabetes medication.
  • James Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was awarded a grant by Notre Dame with support of the National Institutes of Health to conduct research examining the potential benefits of natural products in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
  • Michelle Fritsch, Pharm.D. and Nicole Culhane, Pharm.D., were honored as Health Care Heroes for creating Advocaring, through which students have provided more than 10,000 hours of community health care.
  • Anne Lin, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy and a national leader in pharmacy education, has been honored locally as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and as a Health Care Hero for assembling a top-tier team of faculty and administrators from across the country. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. John’s University and serves on the boards of People’s Community Health and the Women’s Housing Coalition.
  • Sharon Park, Pharm.D., assistant professor of clinical and administrative sciences, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

In September 2010, the School of Pharmacy received “candidate” status, marking ACPE’s expectation that Notre Dame’s program would become fully accredited.

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Notre Dame of Maryland University, founded as a Catholic liberal arts college in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, educates nearly 3,000 women and men enrolled in degree and certificate programs at its main campus in north Baltimore and at satellite centers in Maryland. The University encompasses a distinguished Women’s College, the first Catholic institution of its kind in America; a College of Adult Undergraduate Studies; a College of Graduate Studies, and an English language Institute, and includes Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing and Pharmacy. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Visit www.ndm.edu.