The impact of pharmacy students' remediation status on NAPLEX first-time pass rates

Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Dec 12;76(10):191. doi: 10.5688/ajpe7610191.


Objective: To determine whether there is a difference in pass rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) between students who did and did not require remediation for deficient course grades.

Methods: Student-specific data were collected regarding course grade deficiencies and completion of a comprehensive examination or course for remediation. Student-specific first-time NAPLEX performance data for the graduating classes of 2008, 2009, and 2011were provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

Results: A significant difference was found in first-time NAPLEX mean pass rates between students who did not need to undergo remediation versus those who did ( 97% vs 70%).

Conclusion: Students requiring remediation for deficient course grades had a lower pass rate on the NAPLEX compared with those who did not require remediation. The difference can be attributed to several factors and therefore further study is needed.

Keywords: NAPLEX; assessment; examination; remediation.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Pharmacy / standards*
  • Educational Measurement / standards*
  • Humans
  • Licensure, Pharmacy / standards*
  • Students, Pharmacy*
  • United States