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 two (Alaska and 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.
Students who successfully complete the requirements for a professional degree must pass a state licensing examination in order to engage in professional practice. Pharmacy is the third largest health profession (after nursing and medicine) with more than 200,000 clinicians practicing in community pharmacies, hospitals and a variety of other healthcare settings.
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.
The Association is structured as a democratic organization with decision-making vested in a House of Delegates, a Board of Directors and the Office of the Executive Vice President. The House of Delegates meets annually and generally considers only issues of major policy. The Board of Directors consists of three presidential officers, three representatives of school administrations, three representatives of school faculties, three representatives of academic disciplines, Speaker of the House, Treasurer and the Executive Vice President. The Board generally meets four times a year to authorize policy and program implementation and to consider significant matters related to the operational and financial affairs of the Association. The Executive Vice President is selected and employed by the Board of Directors as the chief executive officer of the Association, with overall responsibility for the administration of the policies and programs adopted by the House of Delegates and the Board of Directors. The Association's staff is appointed by the executive vice president, who is responsible for all actions taken by staff members on the Association's behalf.
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.
Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph.Executive Vice President and CEO703-739-2330 ext. 1021