American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

  • 1727 King Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
  • (703) 739-2330

Founded in 1900, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. The mission of AACP is to lead and partner with our members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, including more than 6,400 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study. There is at least one pharmacy school in every state but one (Delaware). A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is awarded after completion of a four year professional degree program following a minimum of two years of collegiate pre-professional study. Accreditation of bachelor of science degree programs (B.S. Pharmacy), requiring a minimum of five years of college study, ended in 2004.

All U.S. schools of pharmacy are regular or associate institutional members of AACP. Each regular member has two votes in the AACP House of Delegates (one representing the school’s faculty voting in the Council of Faculties and the other representing the school’s administration voting in the Council of Deans). Faculty may also be individual members of AACP, entitling them to receive a number of services and to participate in the various activities of the Association. AACP enjoys the widespread support of the community it represents and there is a high degree of faculty participation in Association committees, academic sections and special interest groups.

AACP conducts a wide variety of programs and activities in cooperation with a number of other national health and higher education associations in the Washington, D.C. area. Many Association activities are concerned with higher education issues. Some relate only to concerns of the profession while others relate to the broad community of all health professions.

This organization has completed the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence Certification Program and meets the highest standards of accountability, ethical practice, organizational effectiveness, and good public stewardship.