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Program Measurements

Graduation Rate

On-time graduation rate for the class of 2019: 91%

Pharmacist Board Licensure Exams

National Pharmacy Licensing Exam (NAPLEX) Pass Rate for 2019

  • First-time pass rate for the calendar year: 82.14%
  • First-time pass rate for students who graduated on time in May 2019: 84.6%
  • Second-time pass rate: 91%
  • Third-time pass rate: 92%

*NAPLEX first-time pass rate national average: 87.1%

Pharmacy Calculations Proficiency Exam Pass Rate for 2019-20

  • First-time pass rate: 88%

Job Placement and Employment

For the class of 2019:

  • Graduates employed in the pharmacy profession (including postgraduate education and training): 75%
  • Graduates who pursued postgraduate education or residency training: 18%
  • Graduates not employed in the pharmacy profession: 1%
  • Graduates employment status unknown: 24%

Postgraduate Training

A total of 62 graduates from the class of 2020 and some recent alumni applied for postgraduate education or training programs. At the end of Phase II of the match, 33 individuals obtained a postgraduate training position.

Overall, of these 33 individuals, 31 from the graduating class of 2020 and 2 were recent graduates, were placed in a degree or training program. Students were placed in 29 different programs in 17 states throughout the entire United States.

This represents approximately a 72% match rate and a 53% placement rate. 

For the 2019-20 year:

  • 65% of graduates seeking postgraduate training were matched with a PGY1 pharmacy residency program.
  • 82% of graduates completing a PGY1 residency in 2019 were matched with a PGY2 pharmacy residency program.

Graduates will be training in residency programs across 17 states.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis ranks 28th nationally in the number of candidates matched to a PGY1 residency program.

Requirements for State Licensure

To practice pharmacy, one must become licensed as a pharmacist in the state in which they wish to practice. Licensure means that the candidate has met the eligibility requirements for licensure and successfully passed an examination.

The School of Pharmacy prepares a student for potential licensure/certification in Missouri and meets the relevant educational requirements for the licensure/certification board/agency in the state of Missouri. Most states' eligibility requirements include graduation from an accredited school or college of pharmacy and completion of a specific number of hours of practical experience under the supervision of a pharmacist. Since these requirements are not uniform from state to state, students should obtain information regarding state licensure, examination, educational and practical experience requirements from the board of pharmacy for the state in which they plan to be licensed. The University has not made a determination that the pharmacy program meets any other state's educational requirements for licensure.

It is important for you to know the specific requirements of the state in which you intend to apply for licensure/certificate.

The pharmacist licensure exam consists of two parts. Part one is a standardized, computer-based exam known as North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). NAPLEX is administered through the state board of pharmacy and consists of questions drawn from all aspects of pharmacy. Part two is the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE), a test on the federal and state laws that affect pharmacy. Both NAPLEX and MPJE are administered at specific testing centers across the country. For information about these exams, students should contact the board of pharmacy in the state in which they plan to be licensed and consult the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website.

Once licensed, the pharmacist can reciprocate this license to most states.

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