Pharmacy Schools in Arkansas - 2021

Job prospects for pharmacists in Arkansas seem to be promising in the near future. The healthcare workforce requires pharmacists to play roles that go beyond a pharmacy. As of 2020, there were approximately 3,200 pharmacists working in the state, drawing an average salary of $120,040. If you are interested in pursuing this career, you must complete a Doctor of Pharmacy program from any of the accredited pharmacy schools in Arkansas.

2021 Ranking of ACPE Accredited Pharmacy Schools in Arkansas

#1. University of Arkansas

Ranking Score: 93.74%
Location: Little Rock
Accreditation: ACPE

University of Arkansas NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 117 91.45%
2018 111 93.69%
2019 108 94.44%
2020 112 93.80%

#2. Harding University

Ranking Score: 88.96%
Location: Searcy
Accreditation: ACPE

Harding University NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 53 86.79%
2018 45 84.44%
2019 44 88.64%
2020 50 92.00%

Licensure - Passing the NAPLEX and MPJE in Arkansas

To become a licensed pharmacist in Arkansas you must apply to the state board with a complete application. After the board approves your eligibility apply to the NABP to purchase the NAPLEX. The state does not require you to take the MPJE.

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

Pharmacy graduates in Arkansas have been performing well in the last four years, except for 2016 where it dropped considerably. While 2016, only 78.25% passed the exam on first attempt, the remaining three years it was around 90% of them passing it on first attempt.

School Location 2017 2018 2019 2020
#Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass %
University of Arkansas Little Rock 117 91.45% 111 93.69% 108 94.44% 112 93.80%
Harding University Searcy 53 86.79% 45 84.44% 44 88.64% 50 92.00%
Overall Arkansas NAPLEX Performance 170 89.12% 156 89.07% 152 91.54% 162 92.90%

Pharmacist Salary in Arkansas

A pharmacist in the state earns an annual salary of $120,020, which is lower than the national average pharmacist salary of $125,510. While the highest salaries are paid in Jonesboro, Fort Smith and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, the lowest are paid in Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway. When you start to work, you can expect to earn $84,950 as your annual salary.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pharmacist Job Outlook in Arkansas

The employment outlook in the state from 2018 to 2028 is projected to be at 0.90%, which is higher than the national employment growth rate. Each year during this period there will be 150 job openings to fill up new as well as replacement positions. Walgreens, Kroger Stores, CVS Health, Highlands Oncology Group, Baptist Health Arkansas, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, CHI St. Vincent, Roshdy pharmacies , Potomac Healthcare Solutions, National Park Medical Center, Northwest Medical Center, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Ouachita County Medical Center, Drew Memorial Health System and Cardinal Health are the prominent pharmacist employers in the state.

2018 Employment2028 EmploymentGrowthProjected Annual Job Openings (New + Replacement)
Source: Career One Stop

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