Pharmacy Schools in Kentucky - 2022

Kentucky has a steady demand of pharmacists to cater to the health needs of its growing population. As of 2020, there were around 4,840 pharmacists working in the state, drawing an average salary of $121,680, which is at par with the national average. To become a pharmacist you must complete a Pharm. D. program, preferably from any of the ACPE accredited pharmacy school in Kentucky. With just two accredited schools to choose from, to help you make the right choice we have listed all the relevant details about the program they offer.

2022 Ranking of ACPE Accredited Pharmacy Schools in Kentucky

#1. University of Kentucky

Ranking Score: 95.14%
Location: Lexington
Accreditation: ACPE

University of Kentucky NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 135 97.78%
2018 124 97.58%
2019 138 97.10%
2020 134 91.80%

#2. Sullivan University

Ranking Score: 84.26%
Location: Louisville
Accreditation: ACPE

Sullivan University NAPLEX Performance
Year # of Students Attempted Pass Rate
2017 70 82.86%
2018 82 86.59%
2019 74 83.78%
2020 80 83.80%

Licensure - Passing the NAPLEX and MPJE in Kentucky

To become a licensed pharmacist in KY you must submit your application to the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy with all the required documentation. After verifying your application, the board will confirm your eligibility to take the licensure exam. You can then apply to the NABP to register for the NAPLEX and MPJE.

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

Kentucky has seen a decline in the number of graduates taking the exam in these last two years. In 2017, 205 graduates took the exam, an impressive 90.35% of them passed it on first attempt. In the recent 2020, 214 took the exam with a 87.80% first time pass rate. In 2019, 212 took the exam with a 90.45% of them passed it on first attempt.

School Location 2017 2018 2019 2020
#Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass % #Taken Pass %
University of Kentucky Lexington 135 97.78% 124 97.58% 138 97.10% 134 91.80%
Sullivan University Louisville 70 82.86% 82 86.59% 74 83.78% 80 83.80%
Overall Kentucky NAPLEX Performance 205 90.32% 206 92.09% 212 90.44% 214 87.80%

Pharmacist Salary in Kentucky

The salary of a pharmacist in Kentucky ranges from $85,160 to $161,150. On an average, however, the annual salary is $121,680, which is at par with the national average. If you work part-time, you can expect to earn a monthly income of $10,200 and an hourly income of $58.50.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pharmacist Job Outlook in Kentucky

Pharmacist employment growth rate for a period of 2018 to 2028 is projected to be at 7.52%. WALGREENS, Norton Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, CVS Health, Walmart Stores, University of Kentucky, KentuckyOne Health, University of Louisville Physicians, Baptist Healthcare System, T.J. Samson Community Hospital, Tailor Made Compounding, Pharmacy Alternatives, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Murray Calloway County Hospital and PharMerica are some of the prominent employers of pharmacists in the state. 230 job openings will be available each year for this 10 year period to fill up new as well as replacement positions.

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

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