On the 2019 North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX), PharmD students from the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy had one of the highest first-time pass rates in the country. The NAPLEX first-time pass rate of 97.28 percent for the School of Pharmacy is nearly nine points higher than the national average for all accredited pharmacy schools at 88.34 percent.
“We’re so proud of our student pharmacists. Their NAPLEX performance puts the School of Pharmacy in the top 10 percent of accredited pharmacy schools for highest first-time pass rate,” said Steven Swanson, dean and professor of the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy. “Our PharmD students are truly among the best in the nation.”
In the Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE), which assesses knowledge of state and federal laws governing the practice of pharmacy, the School of Pharmacy’s first-time pass rate was 93.16 percent compared to the national average at 83.58 percent.
The NAPLEX is one component of the licensure process for pharmacists. The MPJE is an exam covering pharmacy law. Both exams are for use by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of candidates’ competence to practice pharmacy.