Pharmacy Students Surpass State, National Averages on Exam

Members of the 2011 graduating class of Palm Beach Atlantic University's Gregory School of Pharmacy attend the traditional hooding ceremony at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. PBA is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. The 2011 graduating class of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy achieved the highest passing rate in the state on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, a first in the school’s history.

National 95.66%
State 93.53%
PBA 98.44%
FAMU 87.32%
NOVA 91.52%
UF 96.85%

In fact, the school’s 98.44 percent pass rate on the NAPLEX was higher than both the state and national averages, which were 93.53 and 95.66 respectively.

“This outcome is the result of the intelligence and hard work of the class of 2011,” said Dr. Mary Ferrill, dean of the Gregory School of Pharmacy. “We also feel that the results can be attributed to the new curriculum and the dedication of the faculty and staff.”

On the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MJPE), the 2011 graduating class’s pass rate of 92.86 was second in the state behind the University of Florida (96.36). It also was higher than the state average of 90.30.

In all, 64 PBA students took the NAPLEX and 56 took the MPJE. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy released the results of both exams Feb. 8.