Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) as Predictor of Performance on NAPLEX

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Objectives: The purpose of the study was to respond to students’ inquiry regarding the relationship between student performance on the PCOA administered in early spring of the P3 year and performance on the NAPLEX administered post-graduation.

Method: PCOA scores for two of the four content areas, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Sciences, resulting from administration of the assessment for P3 students in 2012 and 2013 were compared to the same student scores for the 2013 and 2014 NAPLEX taken post-graduation. A Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was calculated to measure the linear correlation between the two sets of exam scores. Additionally, a linear regression was used to explain the predictor, PCOA, variability on the NAPLEX Score.

Results: The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient for the combined PCOA content areas, Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Science scores, was r=.572. A linear regression established that PCOA Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Science scores could statistically significantly predict NAPLEX scores, p

Implications: Students taking the PCOA exam in the P3 year of their PharmD program may find value in using their performance on the assessment in the areas of Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Science to predict their performance on the NAPLEX which is blueprinted to these areas of study.


Presented at American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, July 2015.

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