CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy may still be in its infancy, but its students are making high marks on the national certification exam.
The third graduating class - students who finished the program in 2012 - posted a 98.55 percent passage rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination on the first try.
That exceeds both state and national averages.
The average usually hovers around the mid-90s, according to Michelle Easton, dean of the UC pharmacy school.
"I attribute our success on these licensure examinations to one, the high quality and very caring faculty who provide excellent instruction and opportunities for real-world learning throughout our curriculum," Easton said.
"We also have wonderful staff who provide a learning environment that allows students to grow and become a pharmacist. In addition, we have co-curricular activities that support instruction they get in the classroom and laboratories."
The 2012 class of 75 pharmacy students were required to take the licensure exams during the year they graduated. Most 2013 graduates haven't yet taken the exam.
Students usually take a few months to study for it, said Amy Bryan, 36, a member of the first class to graduate from the school in 2010.
"It was all very exciting be cause we were in new territory," Bryan said of her time at the school.