URI College of Pharmacy exceeds national marks in several categories

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99 percent pass rate on national board exam,

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KINGSTON, R.I. – December 9, 2014 – Students earning a six-year doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island achieved a 99 percent pass rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, according to a 2014 report by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.


URI’s 2013 pass rate was four points higher than the national average and placed URI’s College of Pharmacy in a tie for first in New England with the University of Connecticut’s pharmacy school.


E. Paul Larrat, interim dean of URI’s College of Pharmacy, said the pass rate and a number of other benchmarks show that URI is not only keeping pace with pharmacy colleges across the country, but it is a national leader.


“During the last four years, our pass rate has been either 100 percent or 99 percent,” he said.


URI’s pharmacy employment rate at graduation of 97 percent makes it tops in New England. For every open seat in the college, URI has 10 qualified applications compared to the national average of 5.6. And the College of Pharmacy’s on-time (six-year) graduation rate of 93 percent tops the national average by 4 points.