Is it time for a quality rating system for colleges of pharmacy?

David P. Nau, Benjamin Aronson, Terri Warholak

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The quality of educational programs, including Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs, has largely escaped the societal trend towards public reporting. Recent criticisms of pharmacy academia by practitioners should prompt us to reexamine how the quality of pharmacy education is measured and reported to the public. In supporting greater transparency related to quality, important questions that should be addressed include: Is the current public reporting of quality indicators for pharmacy schools sufficient for determining the quality of education provided by a school? Can a quality rating system be developed that will not only provide a valid assessment of quality, but also be easy to interpret by potential applicants and employers? The intent of this commentary is to initiate a discussion centered around this issue and to encourage the development of a new measure of pharmacy school quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7700
Pages (from-to)302-305
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination
  • Quality
  • Rankings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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