Doctor of Pharmacy Program Outcomes


Doctor of Pharmacy Program Outcomes

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Graduation Rates1
Class of Four-year graduation rate Delayed graduation for personal or academic reasons Dismissed Withdrew for personal or academic reasons
2017 93.4% 3.3% 0.8% 2.5%
2018 96.7% 0.8% 1.7% 0.8%
2019 95.0% 3.6% 0.0% 2.1%
2020 96.9% 2.3% 0.0% 0.8%
2021 90.6% 2.4% 0.0% 7.1%2


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


89.46% (n=14,103) 97.44% (n=78) 83.76% (n=8,705)
2019 92.97%
88.34% (n=13,869) 96.59%
2020 91.74%


3 Pass rates for 2018-2020 graduates reported by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (here and here). Results are for first-time test takers who reported graduating from Ohio State.

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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 20214

Percentage of students who passed PLA course (n=119) 100%
Percentage of class passing ≥ 80% of assessments:  95%
Percentage of class passing ≥ 90% of assessments:    65%  


4Each year of the Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum includes an end-of-year Program-level Assessment, which includes both written and performance-based assessments of critical knowledge and skills. Third-year Program-level Assessments are both formative opportunities and summative assessments of student readiness to progress. Results displayed are for Class of 2021 graduates, who completed these assessments in April 2020. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the total number of assessments in PLA 3 was reduced to from 16 to 12 in Spring 2020. Students were required to pass at least 7 activities to be eligible to begin advanced practice experience rotations.

How did students pay for pharmacy school?5

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2021 Outcomes

Post-Graduation Employment 20215

Average number of months spent aggressively seeking employment    2.2 (no change since 2020) 
Average number of employers interviewed with 1.8 (↑0.7 from 2020)
Average number of job offers received per student at time of graduation    0.8 (↑0.2 from 2020)
Average starting salary (FT salaries only, excluding residency salaries)   $101,667 (↑$11,375 from 2020)

Post-Graduation Options Satisfaction5

Satisfied with Post-Graduation Plans (99% graduates responding)    87% (↑7% from 2020) 
Pleased with Post-Graduation Offers Received (98% graduates responding)    77% (↑2% from 2020)
Obtained Placement in Preferred Pharmacy Setting (99% graduates responding)    77% (↑2% from 2020)  


5Data obtained from OSU College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Exit Survey of the Class of 2021, conducted April 5-May 5,2021. Of 120 graduating students, 120 returned completed surveys (100% 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. 66 students self-reported months seeking employment. 65 students self-reported number of interviews and number of offers. 34 students receiving or accepting employment offers self-reported starting salaries. Outcomes data have been supplemented with online surveys administered three months and six months post-graduation.