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KU Pharmacy students again rank among best in licensure exams

Thursday, April 22, 2021

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy posted the second-highest pass rate in the nation on the 2020 Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). The school’s 2020 graduating class had a 99% first-time pass rate, compared to a national pass rate of 85% among all ACPE accredited programs.

This marks the second time in three years that the KU School of Pharmacy ranked second in the nation on the law exam, and the average pass rates of the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 combine to lead all U.S. schools of pharmacy.

“Our students have a long history of excelling on the license exams. They consistently score at or near the top in the country on both parts of the test. It is wonderful to be at the top in any year but even more impressive when students are at the top using a rolling average over a three-year window,” said KU School of Pharmacy Dean Ronald Ragan. “These data demonstrate that KU is one of the elite pharmacy programs in the nation and prepares graduates for all sorts of pharmacy settings.”

The Class of 2020 also scored in the top 21% of all school nationwide on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) with a 95% pass rate. The average pass rate among all ACPE accredited programs is 88%, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

This year’s graduating class exceeded the national average for residency placement, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Members of the Class of 2021 matched PGY1 (post-graduate year-one) residency programs at a rate of 71%, compared with a national rate of 65%. Of the 140 members of the Class of 2021, 72 sought a residency program.

Graduates seeking a residency often apply to multiple programs throughout the United States. Following an interview process, the students and the program directors rank one another. When the numbers line up, a match is made.

The number of pharmacy students applying to and securing residencies is on the rise nationwide. Settings are varied and include locations such as hospitals, community pharmacies, long-term care facilities and more.

Associate Dean Janelle Ruisinger, faculty adviser to the School of Pharmacy’s Residency Club, said residency programs allow newly graduated students the opportunity to expand upon the knowledge and skills learned in pharmacy school.

“Residency programs are not easy, and the workload is often intense,” Ruisinger said. “But the professional gains more than make up for the hard work. The consensus is that a one-year residency is equal to about three to five years of work experience.”

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2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU