Number of PharmD graduates declines

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The new data from Sept 2019 is out from the AACP. It's always a year behind.


The number of PharmD grads peaked in 2018 at 14905. The year with the highest total enrollment was 2014 at 63927; it dropped to 60594 in 2019. The attrition rate (12.6%) and academic dismissal rate (3.1%) are also at highs in 2019.

Actual number of degrees awarded:
2015 13994
2016 14556
2017 14502
2018 14905
2019 14800

Size of class of 20XX (as of Sept 2019)
2020 14683
2021 15045
2022 14961

The number of applications to PharmD programs continues its free fall:
2017 72941
2018 60042
2019 50842
 
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Let’s keep flattening the curve here at SDN by berating, humiliating, and discouraging anyone who comes here looking for advice to go to pharmacy school.

Flattening the curve.....
 
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Let’s keep flattening the curve here at SDN by berating, humiliating, and discouraging anyone who comes here looking for advice to go to pharmacy school.

Flattening the curve.....

So how can we make meaningful change? Email blasts to student fraternities, ncpa/ashp/apha student listservs about the problem with job market? Who can spearhead this cause?
 

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Looks like number of applicants are declining but class sizes are staying pretty steady. This means even if number of applicants drops to 15k, pharmacy schools will just admit 100% of them. They’ll get away with it too because ACPE doesn’t give a ****
 
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Looks like number of applicants are declining but class sizes are staying pretty steady. This means even if number of applicants drops to 15k, pharmacy schools will just admit 100% of them. They’ll get away with it too because ACPE doesn’t give a ****
How does that help their business stay afloat if 15k applicants do something else?
 
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Lets not forget the quality of these students...lot of good SoP candidates are choosing other careers, the 2.0 GPA types are still applying (if they can read the application)

Honestly this is my biggest concern. If we had great quality people in all these programs provider status may be a possibility.

There are states where provider status has passed with Medicaid/Medicare support. Job opportunities would explode if we could start applying to clinics at a NP level.
 

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While the number of applicants has gone down, it's disappointing the number of students and graduates has stayed relatively the same (which is what's really important in the context of the job market saturation). It's probably just going to result in lower quality of pharmacists graduating which may be evidenced by the higher attrition rate.
 
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I remember the day when you could make money in real estate by getting someone to sign for a liar loan. Someone would buy a house for 20k and then sell it someone with no credit or job but who received a mortgage for 100k. It crashed our economy. Pharmacy schools are now the same, the do not care about the quality of the applicant. Many applicants will graduate pharmacy school and never get a job, but the school still wins because they have your tuition. I don't worry about the bottom tier of applicants, they don't have the smarts to run a pharmacy. They will be bartenders upon graduation and not put pressure on wages. Do you really think someone with 2.5 gpa is going to have the discipline necessary to run a pharmacy and meet metrics. They don't have a chance.
 

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I remember the day when you could make money in real estate by getting someone to sign for a liar loan. Someone would buy a house for 20k and then sell it someone with no credit or job but who received a mortgage for 100k. It crashed our economy. Pharmacy schools are now the same, the do not care about the quality of the applicant. Many applicants will graduate pharmacy school and never get a job, but the school still wins because they have your tuition. I don't worry about the bottom tier of applicants, they don't have the smarts to run a pharmacy. They will be bartenders upon graduation and not put pressure on wages. Do you really think someone with 2.5 gpa is going to have the discipline necessary to run a pharmacy and meet metrics. They don't have a chance.

It's not hard to run a pharmacy. Let's be honest, the computer does 99% of the work for us. Make sure nothing turns red and you'll be fine. Case in point, that pharmacy tech who worked as a pharmacist for 12 years at Walgreens. Anyone can do it.
 
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