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  • UMES School of Pharmacy's Class of 2018 had the highest first-time pass rate in Maryland

    The UMES School of Pharmacy (SOP) achieved an impressive 96.23% first-time pass rate among our pharmacy graduates taking the 2018 North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX).  Compared to the 89.46% first-time pass rate national average, the UMES was the highest of the three doctor of pharmacy programs in Maryland and the highest among the seven HBCU pharmacy programs nationwide.

    The NAPLEX measures the pharmacist candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy.   The NAPLEX is one component of the pharmacist licensing process used by the states as an assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice. The UMES SOP is a 3 year condensed doctoral program in contrast to a 4 year curriculum used in most U.S. pharmacy schools. 


    Class of 2018*

    The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) earlier this month released first-time pass rates for the 2018 North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

      Maryland Schools of Pharmacy                                                                                                                           

    1st-time Pass Rate                                     

      University of Maryland Eastern Shore


      Notre Dame of Maryland University 87.76%
      University of Maryland at Baltimore 87.05%
      HBCU Schools of Pharmacy  
      University of Maryland Eastern Shore 96.23%
      Texas Southern University 88.57%
      Howard University 85.96%
      Florida A&M University 75.00%
      Xavier University of Louisiana 75.00%
      Hampton University 72.75%
      Chicago State University 57.75%
    2018 National average 89.46%

    * UMES graduated its first pharmacy class in 2013.