The Purdue College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, which acts as the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. State boards of pharmacy require that licensure applicants from the United States have graduated from an accredited pharmacy degree program to be eligible to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX®). The College has not made a determination as to the sufficiency of its program to satisfy all professional licensing requirements of any state or jurisdiction other than Indiana.  Each state licensing authority sets and enforces its own professional licensing standards.  Every student should inquire directly to the licensing authority in the jurisdiction where the student plans to seek licensure in order to determine the mandatory requirements to be licensed to practice.  You can read the 2019 Accreditation Self-Study report.

Student Performance and NAPLEX Pass Rates

Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to assisting students in succeeding in the classroom and, ultimately, as professionals. Ninety-two percent of our students who began the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in fall 2017 graduated on time in May 2021.

Our Doctor of Pharmacy students scored above the national average for passing the NAPLEX pharmacy licensure exams. The 2021 NAPLEX pass rate was 84.7% on the first attempt. The 2021 MPJE (in-state only) pass rate for Purdue Doctor of Pharmacy students was 73.5% on the first attempt.

Career Choices and Salaries

Graduates of the Class of 2021 received an average starting salary of $100,412 (includes chain and independent pharmacy salaries only). Below are listed the career choices and starting salaries of our May 2021 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates as of August 15, 2021.

Placement for May 2021 Pharm.D. Graduates - 149 graduates
Employment Number Percent Avg. Salary Salary Range
Residency 63 42.5 % $47,159 $40,000 - $60,000
Fellowship 14 9.4 % $52,831 $50,000 - $60,000
Community Pharmacy (Chain and Independent) 21 14.1 % $107,964 $78,000 - $131,444
Other (e.g. hospital, industry, etc.) 13 8.7 % $101,642 $60,000 - $160,000
Offers, but not yet accepted as of May 2021 6 4.0 % n/a n/a
Seeking Employment 13 8.7 % n/a n/a
No Response 18 12.1 % n/a n/a
Note: percentages do not sum to 100% due to rounding.


Below are listed the career choices of our May 2021 graduating Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences students:

Placement for May 2021 Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduates - 45 graduates
Employment Number Percent
Employed† 9 20.0 %
Continuing Education‡ 20 44.4 %
Offers, but not yet accepted as May 2021 1 2.2 %
Seeking Employment 6 13.4 %
No Response 7 15.6 %
† - Average salary $46,000, Range $30,000-71,000
‡ - enrolled in graduate or health professional program


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