The results are in, and graduates of Belmont University College of Pharmacy have beaten the national average once again. After graduating with their Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students must pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) to become licensed to practice pharmacy. This exam is focused on in-depth knowledge of drugs and their proper therapeutic uses. For Belmont graduates taking the NAPLEX in 2018, 93.4 percent passed on their first attempt; the remainder passed on their second attempt. This beats the national average for all first-time takers of 89.5 percent on this exam and the Tennessee average of 90 percent.
The Multistate Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) is another required licensure exam in most states, including Tennessee. The MPJE is focused on the laws governing the practice of pharmacy. All Belmont graduates taking the MPJE for Tennessee in 2018 passed on their first attempt. Among students taking the exam out-of-state, 89 percent passed on their first attempt. This compares to a national average pass rate of 85 percent, overall.
“We are extremely proud of the hard work put in by our students and faculty,” said David Gregory, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “These results come from many years of careful preparation. Not every school of pharmacy can point to the consistent results we see year after year. We are thankful for that.”
Belmont’s graduates have beaten the national average pass rate on the NAPLEX exam every year since 2013. They have exceeded the average on the MPJE five of the last six years.