Objectives To characterize student performance on the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) and to determine the significance of specific admissions criteria and pharmacy school performance to predict student performance on the PCOA during the first through third professional years. Methods Multivariate linear regression models were developed to study the relationships between various independent variables and studentsʼ PCOA total scores during the first through third professional years. Results To date, four cohorts have successfully taken the PCOA examination. Results indicate that the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT), and cumulative pharmacy grade point average were the only consistent significant predictors of higher PCOA total scores across all students who have taken the exam at our school of pharmacy. Conclusion The school should examine and clarify the role of PCOA within its curricular assessment program. Results suggest that certain admissions criteria and performance in pharmacy school are associated with higher PCOA scores.
- Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
- Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)