SPRINGFIELD, MA (03/31/2021) Western New England University’s Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2020 has achieved a pass rate of 93.22% on the NAPLEX (The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) marking the third consecutive year that the program has exceeded the national average pass rate. The pharmacy program at Western New England University is one of only three schools in the northeast with a NAPLEX pass rate greater than 90% in each of the last three years.
The NAPLEX was developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy for use by the state boards of pharmacy as part of their criteria for assessing candidates’ competence to practice pharmacy. The exam is taken by recent college of pharmacy graduates shortly after they receive their degree and is designed to evaluate general practice knowledge.
“We are thrilled about the success of our Class of 2020 graduates on their NAPLEX exams,” said Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice Beth E. Welch. “This marker demonstrates the strength of our students, our curriculum, and our faculty. Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences continues to be a leader in preparing excellent pharmacists in the state and the entire Northeast.”
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences educates the leaders of tomorrow in the health and wellness fields through innovative doctoral programs. A highly personal educational experience prepares students to be active participants in the role of Pharmacy Educators focused on the future of their professions. The PharmD program integrates science, communication, ethics, management, and practical learning in an interprofessional approach. Each student is trained in the theoretical and practical aspects of pharmacy and has the tools to become a well-rounded healthcare professional, able to effectively dispense medicine, knowledge, and advice to patients.
“This result demonstrates that the College is offering a top quality pharmacy program,” said Professor and Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dr. John Pezzuto. “Graduates who can pass the NAPLEX on their first attempt are valued by employers. I am very pleased that the efforts of our students and our outstanding faculty have resulted in excellent exam pass rates for the third consecutive year.”
For more information visit Western New England University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences website.
Having just celebrated its Centennial, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,690 students, including 2,486 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Law.