Pharmacy Schools in Arkansas - 2024

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 2021, there were approximately 2,990 pharmacists working in the state, drawing an average salary of $121,970. 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.

2024 Ranking of ACPE Accredited Pharmacy Schools in Arkansas

#1. University of Arkansas

Ranking Score: 92.37%
Location: Little Rock
Accreditation: ACPE

University of Arkansas NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate

#2. Harding University

Ranking Score: 88.24%
Location: Searcy
Accreditation: ACPE

Harding University NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate

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 (<2018-2021)

Pharmacy graduates in Arkansas have been performing well in the last four years, except for 2021 where it dropped considerably. While 2018, only 89.07% passed the exam on first attempt, the remaining three years it was around 90% of them passing it on first attempt.

School Location 2018 2019 2020 2021
#Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass %
University of Arkansas Little Rock11193.69%10794.00%11294.00%10590.00%
Harding University Searcy4584.44%4587.00%5092.00%4787.00%
Overall Arkansas NAPLEX Performance15689.07%15290.50%16293.00%15288.50%

Pharmacist Salary in Arkansas

A pharmacist in the state earns an annual salary of $121,970, which is lower than the national average pharmacist salary of $125,690. While the highest salaries are paid in Fort Smith, Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, and Jonesboro, the lowest are paid in Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway. When you start to work, you can expect to earn $80,060 fas your annual salary.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pharmacist Job Outlook in Arkansas

The employment outlook in the state from 2020 to 2030 is projected to be at 0.99%, which is higher than the national employment growth rate. Each year during this period there will be 120 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.

2020 Employment2030 EmploymentGrowthProjected Annual Job Openings (New + Replacement)
Source: Career One Stop

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