TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA)

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA): The PCOA is a key evaluation of student learning during each year of the curriculum. It provides students with individual performance measures. The exam is used as a gauge of the School of Pharmacy’s performance compared to other schools of pharmacy. This assessment is created by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. PCOA is a mandatory exam for all P3 and P4 students at the TTUHSC–SOP.

Students missing the PCOA exam or performing poorly in January 2018 will not be allowed to retake the exam until January 2019.

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) Information Link

Updated Policy *Please note that this policy is effective starting PCOA in January, 2017
SOP OP: 80.P.05 Procedures for Identifying Poor Performing Students on the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) exam

PCOA Exam Content Areas


Important Dates for the PCOA

January 22, 2018 Download the WebLock Browser & Look for the Practice Test
January 26, 2018 PCOA Examination

January 22, 2018: Download the WebLock Browser & Look for the Practice Test
About two weeks prior to the PCOA administration, NABP will send students a link to the PCOA practice test. The practice test includes a voluntary 50 questions and will help students become familiar with the types of questions and the format of the PCOA, as well as the FastTEST WebLock software used to deliver the assessment.

Students who have registered for the PCOA but do not receive the email with the practice test code should check their spam filters. If no email has been received, please contact the office of Outcomes Assessment.

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Laptop System Requirements
Note: Virtual desktops, tablets, and other mobile devices cannot be used for the PCOA at this time.


Friday, January 26, 2018: PCOA Examination

Abilene ABSON 2000
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Amarillo AMSOP 107 P3s
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dallas DLSPSW 450
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Lubbock LBHSC 1C124 P3s & P4s 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Exam Type: Computer-Based Exam

What to Bring on Exam Day:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Laptop
  3. Laptop AC Adapter/ Power Supply Cord
  4. Network Cable

Note: A calculator is available within the exam program for any calculations needed. Students will also be provided a sheet of scratch paper, which will be collected at the end of the exam.


Prohibited Items from the Exam Room:

To ensure that assessment results for all students are earned under comparable conditions and represent fair and accurate
measurement of each student’s individual knowledge and skills, it is necessary to maintain a standardized and secure testing

Prohibited items will not be allowed in the testing room. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Books, reference, study, or other such hard-copy materials
    • Electronic devices, including
      • Calculators
      • Cell phones
      • Any device that has a recorder
      • Any device that has a camera (eg, Google Glass)
      • Other wireless devices such as pagers or ear pieces
      • Other digital devices such as watches, activity wristbands, or PDAs
      • Outerwear such as coats and hats
      • Purses, backpacks, briefcases, and bags
      • Weapons
  • Food/beverage*
    * Very limited food/beverage like protein bar, water or soft drink bottle.

Note: A place for students to store these items will be designated either inside or outside of the testing room.