To describe measures used to evaluate the quality of U.S. pharmacy graduates in an era of rapid increases in the number of pharmacy colleges and schools (CS) and students and to assess if the expansion has influenced such measures.
Institutional research used by CS and the pharmacy accrediting organization in evaluating the knowledge, skills, and abilities of pharmacy graduates.
Main outcome measures
Scores on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and survey data from CS graduates, faculty, and preceptors.
Mean first-time NAPLEX pass rates over time are comparable for older and newer CS and for main versus branch campuses. Graduates, faculty, and preceptor survey results affirm that faculty, preceptors, and students perceive the quality of pharmacy education to be very high.
The increase in pharmacy programs and graduates has not thus far affected educational quality based on available objective and subjective measures.