LECOM School of Pharmacy Outcome Measures

On-Time Graduation Rates, Pharmacy Residency Rates, NAPLEX and MPJE Pass Rates

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors established a policy detailing what information ACPE-accredited programs must make readily available to the public. Each program accredited by ACPE must include the following information on its website:

  • The on-time graduation rate for the most recent graduating class in the single degree pathway, i.e., the percentage of a class cohort completing the curriculum in the specified timeframe (3 calendar or 4 academic years);  
  • The most recent year’s NAPLEX®* results for first-time takers as found on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) website; and
  • A measure of student achievement for the most recent graduating class as determined by the institution or its pharmacy program.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy has a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in Erie, Pa. and a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in Bradenton, Fla. The College is monitoring outcomes of its graduates using the on-time graduation rate, the percentage of graduates entering residency programs and the pass-rates for the NAPLEX®* and the MPJE** exams.

LECOM On-Time Graduation Rates

  2011 2013 2013 2014
Overall 93.1% 95.4% 91.8% 94.3%
Bradenton 90.6% 91.8% 87.8% 96.0%
Erie 94.7% 97.9% 95.0% 92.6%

As pharmacy transitions to becoming a more clinical profession, more students, upon graduation, are choosing to enter pharmacy residency programs.  According to statistics from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), in the past year 4,928 applications were made to pharmacy residency programs nationwide and 2,495 students matched into these programs.   Overall, this match rate represents approximately 18% of the overall PharmD graduate population.

LECOM Graduates Entering Residency Programs

  2012 2013 2014
Overall 10.7% (24/234) 9.7% (23/238) 11.7% (30/256)
Bradenton 14.9% (14/94) 11.4% (12/105) 10.2% (12/118)
Erie 7.9% (11/140) 8.3% (11/133) 13.0% (18/138)

LECOM performance summary for NAPLEX* and MPJE**:

NAPLEX first time pass rates have been comparable to national averages since 2008. 

Calendar Year




2013 Jan-Aug 2014

First Time LECOM Candidates

92.6% (113/122)

95.4% (186/195)

96.1% (225/234)

92.47% (221/239) 89.9%  (196/218)

National All First Time Candidates

94.41% (10726/11361)

95.7% (11364/11880)

96.4% (12191/12640)

95.36% (12543/13153) 95.34% (11888/12469)

MPJE Pass rates

Since 2007, LECOM graduates have had higher first time pass rates on MPJE than national average. 

Calendar Year




2013 Jan-Aug 2014

First Time LECOM Candidates

96.13% (149/155)

95.81% (160/167)

94.5% (260/275)

94.59% (297/314) 93.87% (245/261)

National All First time Candidates

93.89% (17815/18975)

         95.5%         (15856/ 16600)

91.8% (19554/21312)

92.80% (20172/21738) 93.74% (17630/18808)

*What is the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)?

The NAPLEX, an exam administered by the National Associations of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), is taken after graduation and graduates must successfully pass this exam to practice pharmacy in the United States.  NAPLEX is one component of the licensure process and is used by the state boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of competence to practice as a pharmacist.

The NABP website (http://www.nabp.net/programs/examination/naplex) states the following regarding the NAPLEX:

The NAPLEX assesses whether a prospective pharmacist:

§  Can identify practice standards for safe and effective pharmacotherapy and optimize therapeutic outcomes in patients

§  Can identify and determine safe and accurate methods to prepare and dispense medications

§  Can provide and apply health care information to promote optimal health care


It is a computer-based exam is intended to measure a graduate’s ability to recommend pharmacotherapy and monitor outcomes, to prepare and dispense medications, and to think critically in order to evaluate information as it pertains to pharmaceutical care.

**What is the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE)?

This exam is also administered by the NABP, it is specific to the state in which a graduate plans to practice.  It tests knowledge of  federal and state laws.  It is also taken after graduation and graduates must successfully pass this exam to practice pharmacy in most states within the United States.