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Phase 1 Pharmacy Residency Placement Rate Best in Ohio

by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer

According to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), Cedarville University School of Pharmacy is the top pharmacy school in Ohio, the Midwest, and the U.S. among all Christian and faith-based schools for graduates receiving postgraduate year one (PGY1) residencies (Phase I).

Cedarville was also ranked fourth in the U.S. for all schools of pharmacy for its total match rate, which includes first- and second-year graduates. Cedarville’s 88.46% match rate for PGY1 is significantly higher than the 62.13% national average.

“These results are a combination of our focus on academic excellence as part of our mission as a Christian university and our size,” explained Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of Cedarville’s school of pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice. “We train our students for residency preparation and provide our soon-to-be graduates with one-on-one opportunities to practice interviewing for residencies. Our students have very high-performance expectations, so when they complete their clinical experiences, they tend to perform very well in patient care.”

What makes these rankings even more impressive is that Cedarville’s school of pharmacy is the newest among Ohio’s seven pharmacy schools, and has only been operational for 10 years.

“I attribute that success to the drive of our faculty,” he said. “We hired exceptional faculty who wanted to train up Christian pharmacists to be motivated to do work above and beyond.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 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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