The South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions leads the nation in first-time pass rates on the national pharmacy licensing exam.

The university’s Pharm.D. 2016-2018 graduates led the nation with the highest first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX. South Dakota State graduates recorded a pass rate of 99.1 percent compared to a national average of 87.8 percent. That performance ranked South Dakota State first out of 134 schools. This outstanding metric demonstrates the quality of academic excellence the college provides its students.

“We continuously work to recruit and retain outstanding students and faculty and to improve our curriculum and facilitates, making sure our graduates are getting a state-of-the-art experience,” Dean Jane Mort said. “This is just one example of their success. It is not surprising that our Pharm.D. graduates are highly sought after by employers and become great practitioners who make an outstanding impact in the health-care arena.”
The NAPLEX®, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination®, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.

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