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School of Pharmacy students score high on board exams

The LLU School of Pharmacy recently received some good news from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), according to Avis Ericson, PharmD, administrative dean of the School.

“Kudos to the class of 2006,” says Dr. Ericson, “and the School of Pharmacy faculty and staff.”

In an e-mail received from NABP, Dr. Ericson learned that 20 of the 34 recent graduates had taken their board exams as of August 31, 2006.

“Of the 20 who took the exam, 95 percent passed,” Dr. Ericson elaborates. “That’s certainly something to ‘crow’ about.”

Out of a total 146 points, 25 percent of the Loma Linda graduates scored 130 or better.

School of Pharmacy students averaged 117 points, compared to a state average of 113 and a national average of 107.

The Loma Linda passing rate of 95 percent also exceeded the average state pass rate of 92 percent and the national pass rate of 91 percent.

“Board scores are really the ultimate reflection of the success of our efforts at the School of Pharmacy,” points out Dr. Ericson. “After only five years in existence, I’d say the School is doing an excellent job of training its students and preparing them for success in the field.”

By Larry Kidder, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, November 2, 2006