The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy just released the 2015 North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) passing rates for pharmacy schools in the United States.

In 2014, 9 US-based pharmacy schools saw 100% of its students pass the NAPLEX on their first attempt. This year, however, significantly fewer schools achieved the same accomplishment.

Only 2 schools saw 100% of their students pass the test on their first try, but 3 other schools weren’t far off, with around 99% of their students passing.

Here are the top 5 schools with the strongest NAPLEX passing rates.

(Note: One school that is not on this list, Lebanese American University, achieved a 100% passing rate, but since it is not located in the United States and 2 students took the exam, it is not included here. However, Lebanese American University is an accredited American University; it operates under a charter from the state of New York.)

1. South Dakota State University (100% NAPLEX pass rate, 82 first-time attempts)

Located in Brookings, South Dakota, this pharmacy school offers a PharmD/PhD in pharmaceutical sciences and a BS in medical laboratory science. Pharmacy was first offered at the school as a branch of chemistry in 1887.

In 2014, the school had a 98.65% passing rate with 74 students taking the test.

2. University of Pittsburgh (100% NAPLEX pass, 105 first-time attempts)

The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy has around 72 full-time faculty members. It offers a unique Master of Science in Pharmacy Business Administration program through its pharmacy and graduate business schools.

In 2014, with 101 first-time attempts, the school achieved a 100% passing rate.

3. University of Southern California (99.43% NAPLEX pass, 176 first-time attempts)

Founded in 1905, this school created the country's first clinical pharmacy program.

With 176 first-time attempts in 2014, the school had a NAPLEX pass rate of 98.83%.

4. Butler University (99.22% NAPLEX pass, 128 first-time attempts)

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosts a 6-year PharmD program with opportunities for an MBA or MS dual degree.

With 111 first-time attempts, it also achieved a 100% passing rate in 2014, as well. 

5. University of California, San Francisco (99.15%, 117 first-time attempts) 

US News & World Report ranks the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy as the top public pharmacy school in the United States.

In 2014, the pharmacy school had a pass rate of 99.13% with 115 first time attempts. 


*Correction: Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy was originally included on this list, but it did not have a 100% pass rate in 2015.