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WNE PharmD Class of 2021 Exceeds State and National Averages On NAPLEX and MPJE

SPRINGFIELD, MA (03/10/2022) The Western New England University (WNE) College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that the graduates of the PharmD Class of 2021 have achieved a pass rate of 91.5% on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and an 86.6% pass rate on the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).

“The NAPLEX first time pass rate of 91.5% significantly exceeds that of the state and national rate, 78% and 83.6%, respectively. This is the fourth consecutive year our pass rates have topped both state and national results,” said Professor and Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dr. John Pezzuto. “Our in-state MPJE pass rate of 86.6% also exceeds other MA programs in-state pass rate of 73.5%, and national in-state pass rates of 80.3%.”

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.

Required as a prerequisite for a pharmacy license in MA, the MPJE is a pharmacy law examination created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to help individual state boards of pharmacy assess the competency and knowledge of pharmacy law.

“The graduates of the PharmD class of 2021 have demonstrated superior performance in their passage of the NAPLEX and MPJE examinations. This clearly reflects the caliber of student attracted to WNE, the notable curriculum, and the excellent instruction and preparation offered by our faculty and staff,” said Pezzuto.

Pending approval from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of a new full-time, online distance pathway for new first year professional students to allow them to pursue a career in pharmacy remotely with a minimal on-campus commitment. Offered as a high-quality online alternative to our campus-based Doctor of Pharmacy program, the PharmD Distance Pathway will allow students to pursue a career in pharmacy from anywhere and with more flexibility to meet life’s demands.

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.

For more information visit Western New England University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences website.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.