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College of pharmacy and health sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Doctor of Pharmacy Student Successes

First-Time Passing Rate on NAPLEX

The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just 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.

The 1st time pass rate below reflects results for those candidates who graduated and took the exam in the same year reported. 

Butler’s 1st time pass rate on NAPLEX for 2019 was 94.95%. The national 1st time pass rate for 2019 was 88.34%.  

Graduating Class

Butler’s First Time

Pass Rate*

National Average First Time

Pass Rate*

2019 95% 88%
2018 99% 89%
2017 97% 88%
2016 93% 86%
2015 99% 93%

*Values rounded to the nearest whole number



Butler’s First Time

Aggregate Pass Rate

All Indiana

Pharmacy Schools

First Time Pass Rate

National First Time

Aggregate Pass Rate

3 Year

2017 - 2019

97% 90% 89%


View the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) data to compare Butler's NAPLEX pass rates to other schools. 


edited 7/16/2020

Pharmacy Program Class of 2019 Post Graduation Plans


2019 Post Grad Plans


Based on self-reports from 107 graduates collected from May through December 2019:


Employed within the Pharmacy Profession 64%
Pharmacy Residency 31%
Fellowship  3%
Other Graduate School     1%
Still seeking employment/lost to follow-up  1%

Overall Employment Placement Rate for Butler’s 2019 Doctor of Pharmacy Graduates = 99%

Pharmacy Program Class of 2019 Practice Setting

Out of 107 responses, 69 graduates reported full time employment in the pharmacy field.  This represents 64% of the graduating class.  This excludes those reporting post-graduate training (i.e. residency, fellowship and post-graduate education.)

2019 Practice Setting

Chain Community Pharmacy 69%
Community Independent Pharmacy 6%
Hospital Pharmacy 12%
Long-Term Care 6%
Industry 4%
Telepharmacy 3%



Pharmacy Program Class of 2019 Residency Placement

Butler’s combined Phase I and Phase II is based on data supplied by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

2019 Residency Placement



Butler’s Combined Phase I & Phase II

(ASHP) PGY1 Match Rate

ASHP National PGY1

Match Rate



2019 72% 64%
2018 78% 65%
2017 89% 67%
2016 77% 68%

Graduation Rate Class of 2019

The four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2019: 

Class of Butler Graduation Rate*
2019 81%
2018 90%
2017 83%
2016 83%

 *This excludes those students who voluntarily withdrew or were terminated for conduct code violations after beginning their first year of the program.