2010 UW Pharmacy Graduates Excel on National Examinations

November 12, 2010
Student working in pharmacy
UW Pharmacy student Monica Schmitz served an internship at a Laramie pharmacy to fulfill requirements for the UW School of School of Pharmacy Experiential Education Program. She is a member of the class of 2010 that scored highly on two national examinations students must pass to practice pharmacy in the United States. (UW Photo)

Continuing the outstanding performance of previous classes, members of the University of Wyoming's School of Pharmacy (SOP) graduating class of 2010 scored highly on two major national examinations.

The UW graduates exceeded the national average on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). The school average on the NAPLEX was 105.23, higher than the national average of 103.06. The graduates averaged 84.61 on the MPJE, exceeding the national average of 82.67.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy developed and use the NAPLEX and MPJE as part of their assessment of a candidate's competence to practice pharmacy. Satisfactory performance on these exams is one of the requirements for being licensed as a pharmacist. Graduates of UW's pharmacy program are eligible to take licensure exams in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The MPJE combines federal- and state-specific questions to test the pharmacy legal knowledge of prospective pharmacists. It serves as the pharmacy law examination in participating jurisdictions.

"The quality of our pharmacy program as represented by the examination successes is also reflected in the strong interest of applicants nationwide," School of Pharmacy Dean John Vandel says. "We received 350 applications for the 52 openings available in the 2010 entering class for the four-year program."

The school 's mission is to be recognized as a leader in pharmacy education by providing and sustaining knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values necessary to develop outstanding pharmacists capable of delivering patient-centered care in a rural-frontier environment. To fulfill this mission, faculty members throughout the curriculum integrate the teaching and application of critical-thinking skills, decision-making skills, and professional communication techniques as applied to pharmacy practice.

For more information visit the School of Pharmacy website.

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