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Facts & Student Outcomes

NAPLEX pass rates

WSU Pharmacy first-time test takers North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) pass rates

First-Time Pass RatesWashington State University
National
(all first-time attempts)
Class of 2015Pass Rate94%93%
First-time Attempts7913786
Class of 2016Pass Rate83%86%
First-time Attempts11214190
Class of 2017Pass Rate85%88%
First-time Attempts9214087

The NAPLEX measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. Click here to read more. Data Source.
* Effective 11/1/2015 the test blueprint changed. Click here to read more (page 15).

MPJE pass rates

WSU Pharmacy first-time test takers Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) pass rates

First-Time Pass RatesWashington State University
National
(all first-time attempts in home state)
Class of 2015Pass Rate92%94%
First-time Attempts648474
Class of 2016Pass Rate83%85%
First-time Attempts868688
Class of 2017Pass Rate86%85%
First-time Attempts698864

*WA state MPJE
The MPJE combines federal and state specific questions to test the pharmacy jurisprudence knowledge of prospective pharmacists. Click here to read more. Data Source.

Post-graduation placement (employment or residency)

Representing class ofPlacement rate
2014, N=85
as of April 2014
69%
2015, N=82
as of May 2015
85%
2016, N=117
as of May 2016
77%
2017, N=92
as of May 2017
67%
2018, N=128
as of May 2018
55%

Post-graduation plans

Post-graduation plansClass of
2014
Class of
2015
Class of
2016
Class of
2017
Class of
2018
Residencies and Fellowships*
Washington1213161321
Other States1049611
Community Pharmacy
Chain2741523227
Independent65564
Ambulatory/Clinic Pharmacy01204
Hospital21011
Pharmaceutical Industry00001
Long-term Care00100
Other25211
Position type unreported00-NA0
Students in negotiation--641415
TOTAL59
as of April 30, 2014
70
as of May 2015
64
as of May 2016
73
as of May 2017
84
as of May 2018

* Class of 2015: Approximately 38% of our graduates went on to a fellowship or residency. This represents 52% (16/31) of those graduates who sought them.
Class of 2016: Approximately 22% of our graduates went on to a fellowship or residency. This represents 49% (23/47) of those graduates who sought them.
Class of 2017: Approximately 21% of our graduates went on to a fellowship or residency. This represents 50% (19/38) of those graduates who sought them.
Class of 2018: Approximately 23% of our graduates went on to a fellowship or residency. This represents 48% (29/61) of those graduates who sought them.

Graduating student statistics

Class of# Total Matriculated% Total Attrition% Withdrawals% Academic Dismissals% On-time Graduation
2013933.21.10.097.8
20149312.91.11.189.2
2015839.62.40.092.8
201612310.62.40.892.7
2017852.41.20.098.8
20181325.31.50.897

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment

The Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment exam is an independent, objective, external measure of student performance in US pharmacy curricula. The 225-question assessment is composed of four content areas, as follows:

  • Basic biomedical sciences (10% of the assessment)
  • Pharmaceutical sciences (33% of the assessment)
  • Social, behavioral, and administrative sciences (22% of the assessment)
  • Clinical sciences (35% of the assessment)
Average Scaled Score for PY3sWashington
State University
National
(# of test takers in same testing window)
Class of 2017Average Scaled Score349358
Test Takers926172
Class of 2018Average Scaled Score356354
Test Takers1306516
Class of 2019Average Scaled Score345352
Test Takers1487821

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

Fourth-year pharmacy students are assigned a geographic zone for their last year of pharmacy school to complete a set of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Below is a summary of the number of students by cohort assigned to each zone. Read more about our APPE rotations.

SitesClass of 2014Class of 2015Class of 2016Class of 2017
Total878311492
Olympia021311
Pullman3363
Spokane56505645
Tacoma108107
Tri-Cities3373
Vancouver3003
Wenatchee
0210
Yakima14152120

n = numbers of students

Class profiles

Class of 2021

  • Number of students: 176
  • 144 in Spokane, 32 in Yakima
  • Incoming student average age: 25
  • Incoming student average GPA: 3.2
  • 93 female, 83 male
  • 107 students from Washington state
  • 33 students from California
  • Other states represented: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

Class of 2020

  • Number of students: 167
  • 130 in Spokane, 37 in Yakima
  • Incoming student average age: 24
  • Incoming student average GPA: 3.3
  • 109 female, 58 male
  • 121 students from Washington State
  • 18 students from California
  • Other states represented: Hawaii, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas

Class of 2019

  • Number of students: 152
  • 122 in Spokane, 30 in Yakima
  • Incoming student average age: 23
  • Incoming student average GPA: 3.3
  • 89 female, 63 male
  • 114 students from Washington state
  • 14 students from California
  • Other states represented: Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, and Montana

Class of 2018

  • Number of students: 131
  • Incoming student average age: 24
  • Incoming student average GPA: 3.3
  • 65 female, 66 male
  • 96 students from Washington state
  • 7 students from California
  • 7 students from Arizona
  • Other states represented: Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, Delaware, Nebraska, Montana, Illinois, and Nevada

Class of 2017

  • Number of students: 84
  • Incoming student average age: 23
  • Incoming student average GPA: 3.3
  • 43 female, 41 male
  • 63 students from Washington state
  • 4 students from Arizona
  • Other states represented are: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah