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NAPLEX Pass Rate Exceeds National and State Averages

by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer

Pharmacist talks with a customer at Cedar Care PharmacyCedarville University’s School of Pharmacy class of 2020 currently has a first-time pass rate of 92.5% on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), which is higher than both state and national averages.

“Our faculty believe in personally committing to each student's success,” explained Dr. Aleda Chen, interim dean of the school of pharmacy and associate professor of pharmacy practice. “We work with all of our students to ensure they stay on track with preparing for the NAPLEX, providing many opportunities to address challenging areas, while also helping them gain the skills they need to be excellent pharmacists.”

The current state average NAPLEX first-time pass rate is 92.1% and the national average is 91.7%. Forty Cedarville pharmacy graduates took the NAPLEX this year that contributed to Cedarville’s high passing rate. Passing NAPLEX tests pharmacy graduates’ knowledge of the practice of pharmacy and is a key aspect of getting licensed as a pharmacist.

“We recognize and foster the unique gifts and talents of our students through many different endeavors,” said Chen. “We also have unity in our purpose of preparing academically excellent pharmacists that live life missionally to serve Christ.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Doctor of Pharmacy program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about Cedarville University, visit

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