For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

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TUC College of Pharmacy Students Pass NAPLEX with one of the Highest Rates in California

97.83% of students passed the exam on the first-time at a rate significantly higher than the national rate and among the top in the State

Vallejo, CA (March 14, 2019): Touro University of California (TUC) College of Pharmacy (COP) graduates had a 97.83% North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) passing rate for the Class of 2018, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

Of the 92 TUC students taking the test, 97.83% passed, which is over 8% higher than the national first-time pass rate of 89.46%, from accredited programs, and the second highest first-time passing rate in California! When including all test attempts, TUC students had a 14% higher passing rate than all other programs.

“We’re immensely proud of our College of Pharmacy students,” said COP Dean Rae Matsumoto. “Their pass rate is significantly higher than the national average and among the top in California in part thanks to our unique 2+2 PharmD program which includes two full-years of hands-on clinical rotation at pharmacy practice sites instead of the traditional one year of rotations.”

The NAPLEX measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy and is just one component of the licensure process. It is a 250-question exam made up of a majority of scenario-based questions where patient profiles/medical records accompany test questions as well as stand-alone questions. These test a potential pharmacist’s ability to ensure safe and effective pharmacotherapy and health outcomes as well as the safe and accurate preparation, compounding, dispensing and administration of medications and provision of healthcare products.

TUC has an innovative 2+2 Doctor of Pharmacy program that prepares students to pass the NAPLEX exam, either alone or in combination with a Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree. The 2+2 program dedicates the first two years of a student’s learning to getting foundational pharmacy knowledge and skills, followed by two years of advanced pharmacy practice rotations where real-life experience instills confidence in the different systems and practice areas. The PharmD-MPH Dual Degree program prepares students to think about providing clinical pharmacy services in the context of health policy, epidemiology and health demographics (public health). Through the unique combination of hands-on, experiential learning combined with curriculum instruction, students are set up to succeed on the NAPLEX and become licensed pharmacists dedicated to providing quality care and services.

“Thank you to all the College of Pharmacy faculty and staff for guiding our students to such a successful pass rate year after year,” said Chief Academic Officer and Provost Dr. Sarah Sweitzer. “Since 2009, we’ve had an over 93% first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX and this reflects both on the desire of our students to learn as well as the dedication of our faculty in helping our students succeed!”

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.