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Publish Date: 12/13/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Pharmacy Graduates Achieve Highest Standards on Board Exams

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy leads all other Ohio pharmacy schools with 100 percent of its graduates passing the state licensure examination this year. All 49 UC first-time candidates passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). No other Ohio pharmacy school matches UC's success record. Failure rates for other Ohio pharmacy schools this year ranged from 1.8 percent to 6.8 percent.

"We are very proud of our students for their accomplishments this year and in past years," said Daniel Acosta, Jr., PhD, dean of the UC College of Pharmacy. "The licensure exam is very difficult, and it is not uncommon to have as many as 10 percent of the candidates statewide fail the first time. Our students' traditional success over the past decade is a reflection of the quality of the College of Pharmacy's educational program and the dedicated and innovative faculty who teach our students."

Pharmacists are an important part of the healthcare team and participate in many types of important medical research. Before taking the NAPLEX exam, graduates must complete 1,500 hours of internship experience. Many work in pharmacies of major retail stores throughout Greater Cincinnati, helping to counsel patients and distribute medications and drug information.

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