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KGI’s Third-Year Pharmacy Students Excel on PCOA Exam

The KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) third-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students had the opportunity to take the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) exam in April, and the results are in. KGI’s PharmD students did better in most areas than the average of third-year students across the country who took the test.

The National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy created the exam as a tool to assist with curriculum development and review. Scores supply schools with a tool to provide constructive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of students’ performance in the curriculum. The school can also track student scores from year to year and chart growth over time.

In April, 60 KGI PharmD students took the test, which is required by many pharmacy schools.

“Research shows that there is a strong correlation between PCOA exam scores and the NAPLEX exam this group will take in the future,” SPHS Dean Martin Zdanowicz said.

“We’re excited to share the progress of our P-3 group and we look forward to a tremendous final year at KGI before they enter their careers.”