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Pharmacy students ace exam

Lindsay Acree, a 2013 graduate of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, said she felt well prepared for her pharmacist licensure exam.

The South Charleston native wasn't the only one. In fact, all 70 of the school's pharmacy students who took the North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination passed, representing a 100 percent first-time passage rate. This test is necessary to practice pharmacy. 

Michelle Easton, school of pharmacy dean, said although this year marks the highest first-time passage rate, the school has beaten the national average every year except one.

The current national pass rate is 96.57 percent, according to a UC news release.

Last year, the school had a passage rate of 98 percent. Of the students who didn't pass, Easton said typically they would pass the second time around.

"To have a perfect score -- to receive a 100 percent is exhilarating, exciting and reflective of the quality education provided at UC," Easton said.

The reason Easton thinks this year's passing rate was at its highest is that the school is building upon its foundation.

The pharmacy school enrolled its first class in 2006 and received full accreditation in 2010, when the first class graduated, the UC news release states.

"This 100 percent pass rate didn't happen overnight," she said.

Easton credited the school's small class sizes and the admissions process to the school's success.

"Although we are a small school, we have meaningful impact," Easton said.

For Acree, passing the test means doing what she loves. Right now, she is doing her residency with the University of Charleston, where she is teaching and working in clinics.

"I want to teach, so passing the test and doing it within a short amount of time within graduating has helped with my future," she said. 

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