Accreditation and Assessment

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Accreditation

The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB)  is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). UB has maintained continuous accreditation by the MSCHE since 1921. The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences degree programs fall within this university accreditation.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).  The current accreditation period is through June 30, 2020.

Outcomes and Assessment

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has a comprehensive assessment system that targets structure, process, and outcomes relative to the institution and its academic, research, and service missions. The school is committed to collecting and effectively using high quality data and information to support its continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts, particularly those that target improvements in student success.

Licensure Results – NAPLEX and MJPE – Classes of 2010-2016

Year First-Time Test Takers
NAPLEX MJPE
       
2016 UB 90.7% 88.3%
  State 83.2% 81.7%
  National 85.9% 84.7%
       
2015 UB 93.8% 97.6%
  State 90.1% 96.5%
  National 92.6% 94.4%
       
2014 UB 98.2% 98.6%
  State 93.3% 94.8%
  National 94.9% 95.2%
       
2013 UB 97.2% 100%
  State 93.9% 96.3%
  National 95.9% 94.9%
       
2012 UB 100% 97.7%
  State 94.8% 95.9%
  National 96.9% 95.5%
       
2011 UB 98.0% 97.3%
  State 91.4% 92.6%
  National 95.5% 94.8%
       
2010 UB 95.6% 97.9%
  State 91.1% 95.4%
  National 94.3% 96.4%

The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, 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 most recent NAPLEX pass rates from all accredited schools/colleges of pharmacy can be found here.

The MPJE, or Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination, 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. The most recent MJPE pass rates from all accredited school/colleges of pharmacy can be found here.

Licensure Results – New York Part III Examination Pass Rates – Classes of 2010-2016

Year Month
UB First-Time Test Takers
State First-Time Test Takers
2016 June 94% 87%
  January 74% 56%
2015 June 94% 72%
  January 83% 58%
2014 June 80% 65%
  January 72% 65%
2013 June 95% 77%
  January 71% 77%
2012 June 92% 66%
  January
86% 74%
2011 June 100% 92%
  January 100% 87%
2010 June 92% 84%

The goal of the NYS Part III Examination is to assess competence in prescription compounding and pharmacy practice. The exam is administered over 2 days. Day 1 accounts for 40% of the final grade and consists of open-ended, and short-answer written questions. Day 2 accounts for 60% of the final grade and is comprised of 3 questions on compounding prescriptions.

Graduation Rates – Classes of 2013-2017

  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Number of Students 130 126 124 125 125
           
On-Track Graduation
89.2% 92.1% 94.3% 84.0% 87.2%
On Time (4 years)
76.9% 81.0% 91.1% 76.8% 84.8%
On Time (Dual Degree)
12.3% 11.1%* 3.2% 7.2% 2.4%
           
Graduation Delayed
3.9% 3.2% 2.4% 8.0% 8.8%
6-year Graduation Rate -- -- -- 92.0% 96.0%
           
Not Graduating
6.9% 4.8% 3.2% 8.0% 4.0%
Withdrew 4.6% 3.2% 0.8% 4.0% 2.4%
Dismissed 2.3% 1.6% 2.4% 4.0% 1.6%

*These dual degree students are on track to graduate in the expected number of years based on their program.

Employment Areas - Classes of 2015 and 2016

  2016   2015  
  Number % Number %
Community 58 53.7% 68 52.3%
Institutional 4 3.7% 19 14.6%
Managed Care 4 3.7% 3 2.3%
Residency 27 25.0% 25 19.2%
Fellowship 6 5.6% 4 3.1%
Other Pharmacy Area
4 3.7% 1 0.8%
Total 103 95.4% 120 92.3%
         
Unknown 5 4.6% 10 7.7%