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Campbell University School of Pharmacy Residency Program Receives Seal of Approval from ASHP, APhA

The Campbell University School of Pharmacy community pharmacy residency program in Buies Creek, N.C., was recently granted accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Commission on Credentialing in cooperation with the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA). This innovative collaborative effort is based on the Accreditation Standard and Learning Objectives for Residency Training in Pharmacy Practice (with Emphasis in Community Care) adopted by APhA and ASHP in 1999.


Campbell’s community pharmacy residency program includes two independent pharmacies and one chain pharmacy in North Carolina that are committed to providing advanced patient care: Central Pharmacy in Durham, Kerr Drug in Benson, and Ward Drug in Nashville. Each site offers residents the opportunity to provide direct patient care in an innovative pharmaceutical care practice. Examples of patient care services provided include health and wellness, women’s health, pain management, smoking cessation, specialized compounding, and screenings for asthma, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and osteoporosis.

"We are extremely proud of the recent accreditation of our community pharmacy residency program, the first such in North Carolina. The Campbell University School of Pharmacy has, from its inception, a clear record of commitment to the practice of community pharmacy," said Gilbert A. Steiner, Pharm.D., program director. "This distinction will help our program continue to attract quality residency candidates. Former residents have made real contributions to patient care, including developing disease management programs and physician office-based pharmacy care practices, and contributing to pharmacy and medical literature."

For more information on each practice site, visit the Professional Development section of APhA’s Web site at

The American Pharmaceutical Association is the first established and largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States. APhA’s 50,000 members include practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacy students, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. The Association is a leader in providing professional information and education for pharmacists, promoting quality residency training in the community pharmacy setting, and an advocate for improved health through the provision of pharmaceutical care.

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.