Pharmacist School Reaches 100% Licensing of Graduates

A pharmacist school in Rhode Island set a lofty goal for its graduating classes a few years ago.

The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy wanted to see all of its students pass the national licensing exam following graduation.

The graduating class of 2011 helped the pharmacy school achieve its goal when all 89 students took and passed the National Association Licensing Exam. The 100% pass rate is a first for the school. All of the students also passed the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam.

Though an astonishing achievement, Norma Owens of the pharmacy school’s assessment committee says it is not that much different than every graduating class at the school. She said that around 95% of graduating pharmacy technicians passes the licensing exams.

Owens claims that the 100% pass rate goal was a bit controversial at the pharmacy college.

“Some thought it should be 99 percent because you can’t expect perfection, but some felt that if you pass the classes in the program, you should be able to pass the exam. This was the first year we achieved it.” Owens said.

New England is home to eight pharmacy colleges, a number that is on the rise according to Owen. The growing number of pharmacy schools may lend to the university’s desire for absolute excellence.

The pharmacy school at University of Rhode Island boasts successes due to relationships between pharmacy technician students and the faculty at the school, Owens added. URI has only 572 pharmacy students while other schools may enroll thousands in their own programs. The smaller group of students makes one on one teaching attainable which lends to the pharmacy school’s success at exam time.

While most schools require a Student ID to ensure that only students are taking the exams (as opposed to another person taking an exam for the student). The pharmacy college at the Rhode Island university doesn’t check identification. “…we know all of our students”, Owen said.