2021 Pharmacy Graduates Exceed National Average On NAPLEX

2021 School of Pharmacy graduatesThe Duquesne University School of Pharmacy graduating class of 2021 achieved a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), easily surpassing the national average of 85 percent, according to the 2021 National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) interim report for tests taken between February 1, 2021 and October 25, 2021.

NAPLEX is a standardized test that measures a candidate's knowledge of pharmacy practice and is an important part of the pharmacist licensure process used by state pharmacy boards. It was developed by the NABP to help individual state pharmacy boards assess an individual's competency to practice as a pharmacist.

"Our exceptional exam results reflect the overall high quality of our pharmacy programs, the commitment of our faculty, and the talent and capability of our excellent students," said Dr. James K. Drennen, III, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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