Pharmacy Graduation Outcome Measures

Pharmacy Graduation Outcome Measures

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

Policy regarding methods used to collect and review information on student outcomes and licensure pass rates: Data regarding student pass rates on licensure exams is collected annually from national licensing bodies and is posted to LECOM’s website. This information is collected and reviewed by the Dean of each respective program and the Provost of the institution. Once the data has been reviewed and confirmed, it is approved by the Office of Communications and Marketing for use on the website, as well as in recruitment materials.

As part of the Accreditation council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) policies and procedures (8.4 Policy on Program Disclosure of Specific Information), any ACPE-accredited program is required to post on its website the following information:

  • 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 NAPB Website; and
  • A measure of student achievement for the most recent graduating class as determined by the institution or pharmacy program.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine(LECOM) School of Pharmacy(SOP) has a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in Erie, Pa. a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in Bradenton, Fla and a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program offered through the Distance Education Pathway. 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®*.

LECOM SOP On-Time Graduation Rates

2013 2014 2015 2016
Overall 91.8% 94.3% 94.1% 90.69%
Bradenton 87.8% 96.0% 93.8% 93.06%
Erie 95.0% 92.6% 94.5% 88.63%

As the profession of pharmacy is transitioning to a more clinical profession, more students, upon graduation, are choosing to enter pharmacy residency programs.  In 2016, according to statistics from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), 5,741 applications were made to pharmacy residency programs nationwide (PG Y1) and 3,155 graduate students (2016) matched into these programs.   Overall, this match rate represents approximately 22% of the overall PharmD graduate population.

LECOM SOP Graduates Entering Residency Programs

2013 2014 2015 2016
Overall 9.7% (23/238) 11.7% (30/256) 12.4% (34/275) 10.36% (26/251)
Bradenton 11.4% (12/105) 10.2% (12/118) 14.2% (19/134) 10.25% (12/117)
Erie 8.3% (11/133) 13.0% (18/138) 10.6% (15/141) 10.45% (14/134)


 LECOM SOP NAPLEX® pass rates

2013 2014 2015 2016
First Time LECOM Candidates 92.47%








National All First Time Candidates 95.36%









  LECOM SOP MPJE® pass rates

Calendar Year 2013 2014 2015 2016
First Time LECOM Candidates 94.59%








National All First time Candidates 92.80%








*The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE®) are developed by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) for use by the boards of pharmacy as part of their criteria for assessing candidates’ competence to practice pharmacy. The NAPLEX® measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist. The MPJE® combines federal and state-specific questions to test the pharmacy jurisprudence knowledge of prospective pharmacists. It serves as the pharmacy law examination in participating jurisdictions and tests a candidate’s mastery of pharmacy law.