Doctor of Pharmacy Program Outcomes


Doctor of Pharmacy Program Outcomes

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Graduation Rates1,2
Class of Four-year graduation rate Delayed graduation for personal or academic reasons Dismissed Withdrew for personal or academic reasons
2022 93.6% 2.4% 0.0% 4.0%
2021 92.1% 0.8% 0.0% 7.1%
2020 96.9% 2.3% 0.0% 0.8%
2019 95.0% 3.6% 0.0% 2.1%
2018 96.7% 0.8% 1.7% 0.8%


1Four-year graduation rate reflects the percentage of students from the cohort admitted four years prior to graduation, minus students pursuing dual degrees requiring them to extend their enrollment time in the PharmD program beyond four years. Percentages of students delaying graduation for other reasons, withdrawing or dismissed from program calculated based on number of non-dual-degree graduates from the cohort admitted four years prior.

2Class of 2021 withdrawal rate increase is currently under review by program administration.


Licensure Exam Pass Rates3
Ohio State
All ACPE-accredited programs
Ohio State
All-accredited programs
2021 87% (n=107) 84% (n=13,260) 87% (n=84) 80% (n=8,270)
2020 91% (n=127) 87% (n=14,011) 85% (n=97) 83% (n=9,227)
2019 94% (n=128) 87% (n=14,449) 98% (n=88) 83% (n=9,696)


3 Pass rates for 2019-2021 graduates reported by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy for the NAPLEX and MPJE. Results are for first-time test takers who are same-year graduates from Ohio State. Examinees who graduated before or after the reported years are not included. Examinees who tested before or after the reported years were not included. Only ACPE-accredited institutions are included in these pass rates. Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence (MPJE) exam results reflect test takers testing in state in which their school is located.

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Ohio State’s first-time test takers have exceeded the average annual pass rate for ACPE-accredited programs on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE) since 2012.

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Third Professional Year Program-Level Assessment Highlights, Class of 20224

Percentage of students who passed PLA 3 course (n=120) 100%
Percentage of class passing ≥ 80% of assessments:  98%
Percentage of class passing ≥ 90% of assessments:    62%  


4Each year of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum includes an end-of-year Program-level Assessment composed of written and performance-based assessments of critical knowledge and skills. Third-year Program-level Assessments are formative and summative assessments of student readiness to progress. Results displayed are for Class of 2022 graduates, who completed these assessments in April 2021. Students were required to pass at least 10 of 15 activities to be eligible to begin advanced practice experience rotations. 

How did students pay for pharmacy school?5

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2022 Outcomes

Post-Graduation Employment 20225

Average number of months spent aggressively seeking employment 1.7 (↓0.5 from 2021)
Average number of employers interviewed with 1.5 (↓0.3 from 2021)
Average number of job offers received per student at time of graduation 1.4 (↑0.6 from 2021)
Average starting salary (FT salaries only, excluding residency salaries) $110,120 (↑$8,453 from 2021)

Post-Graduation Options Satisfaction 20225

Satisfied with Post-Graduation Plans (99% graduates responding) 85% (↓2% from 2021)
Pleased with Post-Graduation Offers Received (98% graduates responding) 82% (↑5% from 2021)
Obtained Placement in Preferred Pharmacy Setting (99% graduates responding) 81% (↑4% from 2021)


5Data obtained from OSU College of Pharmacy PharmD Post-Graduation Survey of the Class of 2022, conducted April 14-May 16, 2022. Of 120 graduating students, 119 returned completed surveys (99% response rate). Due to the nature of the survey, individuals were only required to answer the questions that applied to them, leading to a varying number of responses for each item. 41 students self-reported months seeking employment, number of interviews and number of offers. 36 students receiving or accepting employment offers self-reported starting salaries. Outcomes data will be supplemented with online surveys administered three months and six months post-graduation.