August 17, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, UNM - The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (UNM COP) recently had its accreditation continued until June 2009 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors.

The COP was recognized for several achievements including academic progression rates, implementation of a new curriculum, development and expansion of pharmacy practice facilities for new curriculum and faculty recruitment.

This August, the COP will be welcoming its largest first year class ever with 84 Pharm.D. candidates. The incoming class will also be the most ethnically diverse group, making the COP the most diverse college of pharmacy in the U.S. This fall, the COP will be admitting a student population made of 34 percent Hispanic, three percent Native American, five percent African American, 11 percent Asian American and 47 percent Caucasian.

The mission of the UNM COP is to develop innovative leaders in the pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico.

ACPE is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE was established in 1932 for the accreditation of pre-service education, and in 1975 its scope of activity was broadened to include accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy education.