Pharmacy Schools in Alabama - 2022

Pharmacists in Alabama earn a salary almost at par with the national average. As of 2020, there were approximately 4,700 pharmacists working in the state, drawing an average salary of $123,200. If you are someone who is keen on joining this dynamic workforce, then you must start with enrolling for a Pharm. D. program at any of the ACPE accredited pharmacy schools in Alabama. The state has only 2 schools that have the accreditation, so to help you with this small choice we have provided with all the relevant information, making it easy for you to make an informed choice.

2022 Ranking of ACPE Accredited Pharmacy Schools in Alabama

#1. Samford University

Ranking Score: 92.09%
Location: Birmingham
Accreditation: ACPE

Samford University NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 131 92.37%
2018 110 91.82%
2019 120 87.50%
2020 90 95.60%

#2. Auburn University

Ranking Score: 88.88%
Location: Auburn
Accreditation: ACPE

Auburn University NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 147 89.80%
2018 137 89.05%
2019 144 90.97%
2020 131 87.00%

Licensure - Passing the NAPLEX and MPJE in Alabama

To become a pharmacist in Alabama, you must apply to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. After the board confirms your eligibility you must apply to the NABP to register for the NAPLEX and MPJE.

Alabama Pharm.D. Graduates NAPLEX Performance (2017-2020)

We look into the NAPLEX performance of the two accredited schools in the last four years. Apart from 2016, when only a disappointing 76% of graduates passed the exam on first attempt, the other three years the performance has been rather encouraging with a first time pass percent of above and near 85%. In 2016 the number of graduates taking the exam has been the least in these four years.

School Location 2017 2018 2019 2020
#Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass %
Samford University Birmingham 131 92.37% 110 91.82% 120 87.50% 90 95.60%
Auburn University Auburn 147 89.80% 137 89.05% 144 90.97% 131 87.00%
Overall Alabama NAPLEX Performance 147 89.80% 137 89.05% 144 90.97% 131 87.00%

Pharmacist Salary in Alabama

A pharmacist in Alabama starts with an annual salary of $91,440 and goes on to earn $160,360 with some years of experience. On an average you can expect to earn $124,170 in the state. While the highest salary comes from Gadsden, the lowest are paid in Auburn-Opelika.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pharmacist Job Outlook in Alabama

Pharmacists in Alabama have a low employment growth rate projected at just 2.78% for a period of 10 years, starting 2018 through 2028. There will be an estimated of 220 job opening to fill up new as well as replacement positions at various work settings in the state. CVS Health, WALGREENS, Walmart Stores, DCH Health System, Publix Pharmacy, American Family Care, Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, Baptist Health, Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, East Alabama Medical Center, University of South Alabama, Springhill Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center, Fred's and Mobile Infirmary Medical Center are some of the prominent employers in the state.

2018 Employment 2028 Employment Growth Projected Annual Job Openings (New + Replacement)
Number Percent
5,010 4,970 -40 -0.80% 220
Source: Career One Stop

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