Pharmacy's unblemished pass rate hits fifth year

February 24, 2014

Image with caption: The College of Pharmacy's 2013 graduating class at their white coat ceremony in 2009. Dean Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., is at top left.

The College of Pharmacy's 2013 graduating class at their white coat ceremony in 2009. Dean Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., is at top left.

For the fifth consecutive year, the College of Pharmacy graduating class had a 100 percent pass rate on the national pharmacy licensing examination.

All 65 of UNMC's graduating pharmacy students in 2013 passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) on their first attempt.

The national pass rate for all colleges of pharmacy was 95.4 percent.

The UNMC students had an average score of 109.3, reported Charles Krobot, Pharm.D., associate dean for student affairs. This is an increase of nearly two points over UNMC's average score a year ago. The 2013 national average score was 102.9.

Each state requires pharmacy students to pass the NAPLEX as a requirement toward licensure to practice.

Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy, expressed great pride in the five-year streak, which began with the class of 2009.

"The entire College of Pharmacy family shares in this achievement," Dr. Fletcher said. "It reflects the commitment and expertise of the College of Pharmacy faculty, and it is a result of the outstanding students who come to study pharmacy at UNMC."

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