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 to host the exam, participating colleges should:

  1. Complete a PCOA Registration Form for each desired testing date. Testing dates must fall within one of the five testing windows.
  2. Send the completed registration form to PCOA@nabp.pharmacy by the registration deadline outlined below. Deadlines vary depending on the testing window.

Registration Deadlines for PCOA Administrators

2020 Testing Windows

November 9, 2020 – December 12, 2020

College Registration Deadline: August 11, 2020
Student Roster Deadline: September 25, 2020

2021 Testing Windows

January 11, 2021 – February 19, 2021

College Registration Deadline: October 12, 2020
Student Roster Deadline: November 16, 2020

March 29, 2021 – May 21, 2021

College Registration Deadline: January 4, 2021
Student Roster Deadline: February 8, 2021

June 14, 2021 – June 25, 2021

College Registration Deadline: March 15, 2021
Student Roster Deadline: April 19, 2021

August 16, 2021 – September 10, 2021

College Registration Deadline: May 24, 2021
Student Roster Deadline: June 28, 2021

November 8, 2021 – December 10, 2021

College Registration Deadline: August 16, 2021
Student Roster Deadline: September 20, 2021

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.


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

If a student of any curriculum year misses their assigned PCOA testing session, fees will apply for make-up sessions: $75 for the test fee and $75 for the proctoring fee ($150 per student).

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. Complete details are provided in the PCOA Registration and Administration Guide as well as in the student information page.

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: