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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. 

In 2018, Butler was ranked FOURTH in the nation for 1st time pass rates out of 134 Pharmacy Schools.  Butler’s 1st time pass rate on NAPLEX for 2018 was 99.21%.  The national 1st time pass rate for 2018 was 89.46%.  

Graduating Class

Butler’s First Time

Pass Rate*

National Average First Time

Pass Rate*

2018 99% 89%
2017 97% 88%
2016 93% 86%
2015 99% 93%
2014 100% 95%

*Values rounded to the nearest whole number



Butler’s First Time

Aggregate Pass Rate

National First Time

Aggregate Pass Rate

5 Year

2014 - 2018

98% 90%


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


edited 4/10/19

Pharmacy Program Class of 2018 Post Graduation Plans





Based on self-reports from 127 graduates collected from May through December 2018:


Employed within the Pharmacy Profession 58%
Pharmacy Residency 36%
Fellowship  3%
Other Graduate School     1%
Still seeking employment/lost to follow-up  2%

Overall Employment Placement Rate for Butler’s 2018 Doctor of Pharmacy Graduates = 98%

Pharmacy Program Class of 2018 Practice Setting

Out of 127 responses, 74 graduates reported full time employment in the pharmacy field.  This represents 58% of the graduating class.  This excludes those reporting post-graduate training (i.e. residency, fellowship and post-graduate education.)

Chain Community Pharmacy 69%
Community Independent Pharmacy 14%
Hospital Pharmacy 9%
Industry 1%
Other*  7%

(*includes specialty, compounding, managed care and long-term care pharmacy)


Pharmacy Program Class of 2018 Residency Placement

Butler’s combined Phase I and Phase II American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) PGY1 match rate for 2018 graduates was 78%. The national ASHP PGY1 match rate for 2018 graduates was 65%.



Butler’s Combined Phase I & Phase II

(ASHP) PGY1 Match Rate

ASHP National PGY1

Match Rate



2017 86% 67%
2016 83% 68%


Graduation Rate Class of 2018

The four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2018: 

Class of Butler Graduation Rate*
2018 90%

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