UMES School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2018 had the highest first-time pass rate in Maryland

The UMES School of Pharmacy (SOP) achieved an impressive 96.23% first-time pass rate among our pharmacy graduates taking the 2018 North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX).  Compared to the 89.46% first-time pass rate national average, the UMES was the highest of the three doctor of pharmacy programs in Maryland and the highest among the seven HBCU pharmacy programs nationwide.

The NAPLEX measures the pharmacist candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy.   The NAPLEX is one component of the pharmacist licensing process used by the states as an assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice. The UMES SOP is a 3 year condensed doctoral program in contrast to a 4 year curriculum used in most U.S. pharmacy schools. 

Class of 2018*

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) earlier this month released first-time pass rates for the 2018 North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

School1st-time Pass Rate  
Maryland Schools of Pharmacy
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Notre Dame of Maryland University
University of Maryland at Baltimore
96.23%
87.76%
87.05%
HBCU Schools of Pharmacy
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Texas Southern University
Howard University
Florida A&M University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Hampton University
Chicago State University

96.23%
88.57%
85.96%
75.00%
75.00%
72.75%
57.75%
2018 National average89.46%

* UMES graduated its first pharmacy class in 2013.

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