(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The 2009 graduating class of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy achieved a 97.26 percent passing rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) between May 1 and Aug. 1, nearly two percentage points above the average nationally for all those taking the exam. Pharmacy Dean Philip Medon said the rate during that time period included nearly all of the current graduating class. "This is exciting news for our program, and clearly indicates we have not only great students but that our curriculum is sound and also well taught by a talented and dedicated faculty," Medon said.
"I am very pleased with this outcome, for the faculty and for the students," he said. The news of the pass rate comes on the heels of the announcement in July that the SIUE School of Pharmacy was given full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). That announcement and the news that the students had a high pass rate on the NAPLEX exams are yet other significant achievements in the School's young history. The School has been called a national model for other new schools of pharmacy.
The NAPLEX examination is necessary to determine that a candidate for pharmacy licensing has the knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively practice pharmacy. The exam is required by all 50 state boards of pharmacy and is continually reviewed and revised by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to ensure the exam remains current with best pharmacy practices. Those taking the NAPLEX exam must show their ability to perform the following services competently: assure safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes (this consists of 54 percent of the total exam); assure the safe and accurate preparation/dispensing of all medications (which covers another 35 percent of the exam); and the remaining 11 percent covers an exam candidate's knowledge of health care information as well as proficiency in promoting public health.
The national passing rate overall was 95.03 percent for all takers and 97.50 percent for first time candidates. Overall there were more than 10,000 examinees during the May 1-Aug. 1 time period.