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Publish Date: 11/21/00
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Pharmacy Graduates Set High Standards

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Pharmacy still leads all other Ohio pharmacy schools in the number of graduates passing the state licensure examination. This year's 65 graduates repeated the success of last year's class with a 100 percent pass rate. The UC College of Pharmacy has had the highest success rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) among all other schools in the state for the past five years.

"We have always had strong board performances from our graduates," said Robert Lee, PhD, associate dean, UC College of Pharmacy. "Most years, our graduates are the top in the state." Before taking the exam, candidates must graduate from an accredited college of pharmacy and have 1,500 hours of internship experience. After meeting these initial requirements, candidates take the NAPLEX to earn their pharmacy license issued by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

"We do not just prepare students for the test," Lee said. "We prepare them with the knowledge, skills and values to be professional pharmacists and important members of the health care team. The students at UC College of Pharmacy are some of the best and the brightest," he added. "The mean grade point average of entering students is 3.45. We receive approximately four applications for each position. We currently admit 60 doctor of pharmacy students into the fall quarter each year."

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