About the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

At the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we’re committed to providing innovative and interprofessional educational experiences with a liberal arts perspective.  Along with our renowned Pharmacy program, which originated in 1904, Butler also houses the longest-running Physician Assistant (PA) program in the state of Indiana. We have since evolved to include on-campus Nursing and Health Sciences programs, as well as an online Doctor of Medical Science, Bridge to Doctor of Medical Science, and a PharmD Online Pathway program. Within all our programs, students are prepared for meaningful healthcare careers through hands-on learning in the classroom, collaborative research opportunities alongside our dedicated and accomplished faculty, and outstanding clinical experiences.


Butler University and the programs within each college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The HLC  is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities. HLC accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution, including its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources. Accreditation was granted to Butler University initially in January 1915.  The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was in 2022–2023.  The next reaffirmation of accreditation is 2032–2033.

The Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The pharmacy program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through June 2028. By completion of the doctor of pharmacy curriculum, its graduates fulfill the educational requirements for examination and licensure as pharmacists in every state in the nation.

Butler’s PA Program is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association and is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Graduates of the PA Program must sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), the successful completion of which provides one the criteria for licensure or certification.

The Butler Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing as of May 17, 2024. Graduates of the Nursing Program must sit for the National Council Licensure Examination [for] Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), the successful completion of which provides one the criteria for licensure. Butler University is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence, and to further solidify our commitment to quality education in Nursing, we have set forth a timeline to seek accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As per CCNE guidelines, a degree program must have students enrolled for one academic year (two semesters) prior to hosting the on-site visit. Therefore, the earliest opportunity for us to host an on-site visit is fall 2026, as these visits are scheduled a minimum of 12 months in advance. Given this, the earliest point at which we can apply for CCNE accreditation is fall 2024.

College Leadership and Guiding Principles

Advocacy Statements

Meet the Dean’s Advisory Council