School of Pharmacy Graduation and Post-graduation Metrics

  • Class  NAPLEX First-time Pass Rate On-time Graduation Rate Students accepted into Residency or other Post-graduate Education*
     2013 95%  88%   18% 
     2014 87% 85%  15%
     2015 93% 79%  19% 
     2016 80% 78%  18%
     2017 74%  83%   12% 
     2018 96% ** 67%  12%
     Mean 86% (includes 2013-2017 only) 79%   16% 


    * Residency and Post-graduate Education rates are expressed as a percentage of the total # of UMES pharmacy program graduates of the specified year.

    ** First-time pass rate for graduates of the class of 2018 only, as of August 31, 2018.  

    What is the NAPLEX?

    The NAPLEX is an exam administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).  It is utilized, as a component of the licensure process, to assess prospective pharmacist competence.  

    The NABP website states that the NAPLEX assesses whether a prospective pharmacist:

    • Can identify practice standards for safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes in patients
    • Can identify and determine safe and accurate methods to prepare and dispense medications
    • Can provide and apply health care information to promote optimal health care

    Why Complete a Residency?

    In addition to the pharmacist's traditional roles of filling prescriptions and managing the integrity of drugs, pharmacists are increasingly involved as members of collaborative healthcare teams in clinical settings.  Residencies help to provide extra experience and clinical skills to pharmacists who plan to work directly with patients in a hospital or clinic.  The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) provides a brochure with additional information on why a residency may be appropriate for your career goals.