Between May 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019, Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CoPPS) learners who took the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) for the first time had an 83.65 percent pass rate. This pass rate represented an increase of approximately eight percentage points over the 2018 results.
The NAPLEX® measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. The exam is developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. It is one component used by the state boards of pharmacy for assessing a candidate’s ability to practice pharmacy.
The CoPPs has invests approximately $75 – $100K per year (depending on the class size) in resources to help P4 learners succeed on the NAPLEX. P4 learners are required to pass the NAPLEX with 75% or better and they have up to 5 attempts to pass the exam. The College’s goal is to maintain a high percentage pass rate for first-time test-takers.
Some of the resources provided by the College before the exam include a study guide for P4 learners enrolled in Clinical Seminar and Research Methods I, II, and III courses. The learners are required to take monthly cumulative examinations per the study guide.
The College has also partnered with RxPrep. RxPrep is the leading provider of Pharmacy licensure study materials written by expert Pharmacists. The company designs, develops, and supports a desktop and mobile application for exam preparation and skill-building for healthcare professionals and universities.
From March 30, 2020, to April 2, 2020, RxPrep NAPLEX® review instructors will visit the Tallahassee campus to conduct a three-day intensive NAPLEX® licensure review session with P4 learners. This review session is from 8a-5pm, and the learners utilize their RxPrep coursebook and online access to study materials. The RxPrep instructor will present a variety of crucial exam topics with quick subject reviews, in combination with integrated patient cases. Learners will respond to case questions, and the learner’s responses will enable the instructor to assess whether more or less time is required for reach topic. Following the live review, the learners engage in a self-directed study for the remainder of the month.
After graduation, the College provides a one-time Pre-NAPLEX® voucher. The Pre-NAPLEX® prepares you for the NAPLEX testing experience as learner’s field questions similar to those they will face on the day of the test. The cost of each voucher is $65. Learners may take the Pre-NAPLEX twice.
The College is committed to providing these invaluable resources to our learners. We are definitely excited about the return on our investment said Jocelyn D. Spates, PharmD., FAMU-CoPPS Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Spates serves on the University’s Licensure Pass Rate Task Force chaired by Provost Maurice Edington, Ph.D.
Currently, the NAPLEX® national average for first-time candidates is 90.59 percent; the state average is 86.96 percent.