Doctor of Pharmacy Program Outcomes


Doctor of Pharmacy Program Outcomes

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Graduation Rates
Class of Four-year graduation rate1 Delayed graduation for personal or academic reasons Dismissed Withdrew for personal or academic reasons
2023 86.5% 4.3% 1.4% 7.8%2
2022 93.6% 2.4% 0.0% 4.0%
2021 92.1% 0.8% 0.0% 7.1%2
2020 96.9% 2.3% 0.0% 0.8%
2019 94.4% 2.8% 0.7% 2.1%


Licensure Exam Pass Rates3
Ohio State
All ACPE-accredited programs
Ohio State
All-accredited programs
2022 90% (n=110) 80% (n=12,548) 95% (n=76) 77% (n=7,827)
2021 86% (n=110) 82% (n=13,935) 87% (n=87) 79% (n=9,002)
2020 91% (n=127) 86% (n=14,081) 85% (n=97) 83% (n=9,397)


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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 20244

Percentage of students who passed PLA 3 course (n=118): 100%
Percentage of class passing ≥ 80% of assessments:  98%
Percentage of class passing ≥ 90% of assessments: 76%
Percentage of class passing patient communication assessments: 100%


How did students pay for pharmacy school?5

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2023 post-graduation outcomes

Post-Graduation Employment 20235

Average number of months spent aggressively seeking employment, at graduation 1.9 (↑0.2 from 2022)
Average number of employers interviewed with, at graduation 1.6 (↑0.1 from 2022)
Average number of job offers received per student at time of graduation, at graduation 1.3 (↓0.1 from 2022)
Average starting salary May 2023 (FT, excluding residency salaries) $116,511 (↑$6,769 from 2022)

Post-Graduation Placement Satisfaction 20235

Pleased with Post-Graduation Offers Received (including graduates till seeking placement) 89%
Satisfied with Post-Graduation Placement (of graduates receiving offers) 94% 
Obtained Placement in Preferred Pharmacy Setting (of graduates receiving offers) 91% 


1Four-year graduation rate: Percentage of students from cohort admitted four years prior, not counting students pursuing dual degrees requiring longer time to degree. Percentages of students delaying graduation for other reasons, withdrawing, or dismissed from program based on number of non-dual-degree graduates from the cohort admitted four years prior.

2Class of 2023 and Class of 2021 withdrawal rates are under review by program administration.

3Pass rates for 2020-2022 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.

4The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum includes end-of-year Program-level Assessments 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 shown here are for Class of 2024 graduates, who completed these assessments in April 2023. Students were required to pass at least 11 of 16 activities to be eligible to begin advanced practice experience rotations.

5Data obtained from OSU College of Pharmacy PharmD Post-Graduation Survey of the Class of 2023, conducted April 17-May 2, 2023. Of 124 graduating students, 124 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. 44 students self-reported months seeking employment, number of interviews and number of offers. 23 of 29 students receiving or accepting employment reported starting salaries.