The nation is in need of more pharmacists. Concordia’s School of Pharmacy is poised to help.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacists is projected to grow from 2021 to 2031; however, it will only grow at 2 percent, which is slower than the average for all occupations.

Additionally, the BLS projects about 13,600 openings for pharmacists each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The CUW School of Pharmacy difference

While pharmacy schools nationwide have seen an overall decline in applicants, CUW’s School of Pharmacy continues to turn out exemplary professionals for the field.

Concordia’s most recent pharmacy graduates achieved above-average pass rates on the NAPLEX and MPJE certifying exams. The class of 2022’s NAPLEX scores placed them in the top quartile of all pharmacy schools nationwide. Meanwhile, their MPJE scores earned them the number one spot in the state.

Additionally, the class of 2022 beat out the average of students nationwide who have attempted and successfully matched to an accredited pharmacy residency program. Their scores earned CUW the 9th best match rate in the U.S. out of 147 schools.

In the media

CBS 58 reporter Emerson Lehmann stopped by Concordia yesterday to talk about the shortages and the opportunities that exist. Emerson spoke with Hannah Yurske, a third-year pharmacy student from Cedarburg. He also spoke with Nancy Stoehr, PharmD, assistant professor and director of pharmacy admissions at CUW.

Click on the image below to watch the segment.

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The School of Pharmacy develops pharmacists who are servant leaders, dedicated to providing value-based, patient-centered care that improves the health of our communities in rural and urban areas through excellence in teaching, research, service, and practice.