PCOA Administrator Information

The PCOA provides colleges of pharmacy with data on individual students’ knowledge in major content areas and subtopics as recognized by ACPE. Colleges will also receive score reports for comparison with national samples. The assessment can be administered multiple times throughout a student’s academic career, making it easier to track student progress from year to year. The assessment also:

Administer the PCOA Assessment

To register, participating colleges should:

  1. Complete a PCOA Registration Form for each desired testing date. Testing dates must fall on Mondays through Fridays, excluding the published holidays and high testing days.
  2. Send the completed registration form to PCOA@nabp.pharmacy by the registration deadline outlined for the month of testing you selected.  

Registration Deadlines for PCOA Administrators

2022 Testing Windows


January 1 – January 31, 2022

Registration Closes for Colleges: October 15, 2021
Student Registration and ADA Request Deadline: November 15, 2021
Student Rosters Completed: November 30, 2021
ProctorU Registration Recommended Deadline: See Session Confirmation Email

February 1 – February 28, 2022

Registration Closes for Colleges: November 1, 2021
Student Registration and ADA Request Deadline: December 1, 2021
Student Rosters Completed: December 15, 2021
ProctorU Registration Recommended Deadline: See Session Confirmation Email

March 1 – March 31, 2022

Registration Closes for Colleges: December 1, 2021
Student Registration and ADA Request Deadline: January 1, 2022
Student Rosters Completed: January 15, 2022
ProctorU Registration Recommended Deadline: See Session Confirmation Email

April 1 – April 30, 2022

Registration Closes for Colleges: January 1, 2022
Student Registration and ADA Request Deadline: February 1, 2022
Student Rosters Completed: February 15, 2022
ProctorU Registration Recommended Deadline: See Session Confirmation Email

May 1 – May 31, 2022

Registration Closes for Colleges: February 1, 2022
Student Registration and ADA Request Deadline: March 1, 2022
Student Rosters Completed: March 15, 2022
ProctorU Registration Recommended Deadline: See Session Confirmation Email

June 1 – June 30, 2022

Registration Closes for Colleges: March 1, 2022
Student Registration and ADA Request Deadline: April 1, 2022
Student Rosters Completed: April 15, 2022
ProctorU Registration Recommended Deadline: See Session Confirmation Email

July 1 – July 31, 2022

Registration Closes for Colleges: April 1, 2022
Student Registration and ADA Request Deadline: May 1, 2022
Student Rosters Completed: May 15, 2022
ProctorU Registration Recommended Deadline: See Session Confirmation Email

   Holiday Reminders: 

High Volume Reminders (approximates from online testing vendor, may test but please consider avoiding): 

After we process your registration form and confirm the assessment date, you may have your students create an NABP e-Profile and register online. After students register, a roster will be available in NABP e-Profile Connect. You will need to verify students’ eligibility to take the exam by the student roster deadline.

Fees

Students nearing the completion of their didactic year can take the PCOA one time at no cost.

Testing Accommodations

Students may request testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by completing the Testing Accommodations Request Form and submitting it to the PCOA administrator at their college of pharmacy.

The administrator submits completed forms to us for final review by uploading the forms to the student’s NABP e-Profile.

Receive PCOA Scores

Scores will be released to administrators within two weeks after the testing session. We do not issue reports directly to the students.

We provide a thorough analysis of the data and two reports: