TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

Office of Outcomes Assessment

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High Risk Drug Knowledge Assessment (HRDKA)

The HRDKA is a key evaluation of basic student knowledge of drugs prior to their entry into the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) of the P4 curriculum. The assessment evaluates student knowledge of top 200 drugs in the area of in- and out-patient pharmacies.

High Risk Drug Knowledge Assessment (HRDKA) Information Link

SOP OP: 80.P.06 Policy for Poor Performance on the School’s P3 High Risk Drug Knowledge Assessment (HRDKA)

2016 HRDKA Top 200 Drug List

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*Student can request a review of his or her test up to 2 weeks from the release of HRDKA exam score. Thereafter test review will not be provided.

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assesment (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.

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) Information Link

SOP OP: 80.P.05 Procedures for Poor Performance on the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) Exam

PCOA Exam Content Areas


Important Deadlines Prior to the Assessment:

January 15, 2016: 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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Friday, January 22, 2016: PCOA Examination

CAMPUS ROOM CLASS TIME Campus Representative(s)
Abilene ABSON 2000 P3s & P4s 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Dr. Ninh (Irene) La-Beck -
Amarillo AMSOP 107 P3s & P4s 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Dr. Nikita Mirajkar
Dr. Xinli Liu -
Dr. Anna Karamyan
Dallas DLSPSW 450
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dr. Kalin Clifford -
Lubbock LBACB - ACB 100 P3s & P4s 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Dr. Janie Robles -


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.


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


Prohibited Items from the Exam Room:

The proctors will locate a space within the exam room for items to be left during the exam. Some of these items include, but may not be limited to:

  • Any electronics with one or more memories (except for the computer being used to take the exam). This includes cell phones, iPods, PDAs, calculators, etc.
  • Wristwatches
  • Hats/headgear unless worn for religious reasons
  • Food/beverage
  • Backpacks, purses, etc.
  • Personal writing utensils


Our Mission

The Office of Outcomes Assessment is committed to assessment and evaluation of school of pharmacy curriculum. Its mission is to develop consistently reliable assessment and analysis which will enhance educational outcomes of administration, faculties and students.


Annually the Office of Outcomes Assessment and the Student Assessment of Learning (SAL) Committee administer and evaluate High Risk Drug Knowledge Assessment (HRDKA) and Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA). The Committee is responsible of developing policy and making recommendations as required in all matters relating to assessing student progress in achieving the educational outcomes.


Committee Faculty Members

Nikita Mirajkar, Chair, Amarillo

Xinli Liu, Chair-Elect, Amarillo

Kalin Clifford, Dallas

Anna Karamyan, Amarillo

Irene La-Beck, Abilene

Crystal Brown, Dallas

Janie Robles, Lubbock

Sachin Shah, Associate Dean, Assessment & Accreditation, Executive Committee Liaison (Ex Officio), Dallas

Elected Students

TBA, P4, Amarillo

Abraham Amos, P3, Dallas

Bill Long, P4, Abilene

Grace Voller, P4, Abilene

Resources and Links

PCOA - National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Website


The HRDKA exam to evaluate student readiness for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience at TTUHSC-SOP



Dr. Sachin ShahSachin Shah, Pharm.D., BCOP, FCCP
Associate Dean, Assessment & Accreditation
Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Sachin Shah is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Texas Tech. He practices as a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Texas Tech University HSC – School of Pharmacy and completed his general and oncology pharmacy residencies in San Antonio, Texas. He joined Texas Tech in 2002 and developed clinical oncology pharmacy program at the Dallas VA Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Shah established ASHP accredited Hematology/Oncology Specialty Residency program and trained multiple students and residents through his practice. Dr. Shah has been recipient of Lewis S. Smith Pharmacy Practitioner Award and Lou Cuellar Circle of Excellence leadership awards at the TSHP. In addition, he has received HOPA Clinical Practice Award. Dr. Shah has delivered multiple national presentations and served as a faculty on BCOP Preparatory Review Course.

Office Phone: 214-358-9042
Mail Address: 4500 S. Lancaster, Bldg 7, R#119A Dallas TX 75216

Iverlyn PengIverlyn Peng
Unit Coordinator

Iverlyn Peng was born in Taiwan and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. She started working for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 2014. Prior to her time with the SOP, Iverlyn worked in student and business support services. She lives in Arlington with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, gardening, music and exploring Texas for the best BBQ.

Office Phone: 214-358-9035
Mail Address: 4500 S. Lancaster, Bldg 7, R#119A Dallas TX 75216