New course prepares fourth-year pharmacy students for comprehensive exam

The course prepares fourth-year pharmacy students to take a comprehensive exam given nationally that measures competence to practice as a pharmacist.

By Susan Enright.
This story is part of a series on new courses offered this semester.

Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit
Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit

A new course to help prepare pharmacy students for licensure is being offered at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo this semester.

The purpose of the course is to introduce and prepare fourth-year pharmacy students at the Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy to a major comprehensive exam made up of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) and used by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to assess a graduate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist.

“Successfully passing the (exam) is a challenge and often the final hurdle that our pharmacy graduates face to attain the pharmacist licensure,” says Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit, professor of pharmacy and interim associate dean for academic affairs at the college.

“I strongly believe this course will provide students a necessary review of the knowledge, judgment, and skills expected of career-ready, entry-level pharmacists.”

The course (PHPP 598-02: APPE NAPLEX/MPJE Preparation) prepares the students with the background knowledge, skills, and judgment necessary to understand how to utilize the resources and review content before taking the exams.

“Most importantly, with the use of various available on-line preparation tools and assessments from our clinical faculty panel, this review and preparation course can significantly improve our graduates’ overall confidence that they will successfully pass the licensure examination,” says Wongwiwatthananukit.

The course reviews previous content taught in the curriculum and offers students guidance on an outline of a study plan to cover content assessed in the exams.

The course is accessed online and is self-paced, consisting of 14 weekly sections. Students must complete each section by the end of a designated date before moving on to the next section.


About the author of this story: Susan Enright is the editor for UH Hilo Stories and serves as a public information specialist at the Office of the Chancellor. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo. 

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