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Tops in Texas for 4th Year

UHCOP Class of 2020 Graduates Post 4th Straight Year with Highest First-time Pass Rate in Texas, 6th Highest in Nation Among Peers

March 23 — UH College of Pharmacy's Pharm.D. Class of 2020 achieved a 96.26% first-time pass rate on the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®), which extends the college's streak for the highest pass rate in Texas to a fourth consecutive year.

According to the newly released results from exam administrator, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), UHCOP 2020 graduates' first-time pass rate was the sixth highest in the nation among accredited pharmacy programs with at least 100 first-time test takers. The national average first-time pass rate for all 2020 graduates from the 140 programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) was 88.43%.

"In a year that brought unimaginable challenges to successful completion of academic work and experiential clinical rotations, not to mention adhering to safety protocols while both preparing for and taking the licensure exams, we're truly in awe of the resilience, focus and commitment to the profession shown by our Class of 2020," said UHCOP Dean F. Lamar Pritchard, Ph.D., R.Ph. "We also are immensely appreciative of the efforts and flexibility of our preceptors, sites, alumni, faculty and staff in helping our graduates succeed in achieving their dream of providing outstanding patient care for our communities under such difficult circumstances."

According to the NABP, the NAPLEX "is designed to evaluate general practice knowledge and is taken by recent college of pharmacy graduates shortly after they receive their degree. The NAPLEX is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy to assess a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist."