Student Information

The PCOA measures your performance in pharmacy curricula and helps you become familiar with the examination process prior to sitting for the licensure examination after graduation. Learn more about what to expect during the registration process and on test day by reviewing the content below.

Register for the Assessment

Your college will notify you when it is time to register for the PCOA. After receiving the notification, you can complete registration using a two-step process.

  1. Create an NABP e-Profile.
    • When creating your e-Profile:
      • Ensure the name (including first, middle, and last names, as well as suffixes) you provide matches your valid (not-expired) state-issued photo ID.
      • Have your social security number accessible.
      • Update your profession. If you are a pharmacy technician, update your profession in e-Profile to pharmacy student or pharmacy intern.
    • With your e-Profile, you can register for the PCOA and manage all of your NABP programs and services. If you already have an e-Profile, skip to step two.
  1. Register for the PCOA with NABP.
    • Log in to your e-Profile, select Exam Services, and click the PCOA tile. Complete the registration form ensuring your education information is correctly entered.
    • You will receive a confirmation email upon registering, and your e-Profile will be updated.
    • You must register by the deadline for the appropriate testing window.
  1. Schedule the PCOA with ProctorU.
    • You will also receive an email from ProctorU six weeks before your college’s testing dates. The email will include information about how to create a ProctorU account and schedule the PCOA.

Registration Deadlines for Students

2020 Testing Windows


November 9, 2020 – December 12, 2020

Student registration and ADA request deadline: September 10, 2020

2021 Testing Windows


January 11, 2021 – February 19, 2021

Student registration and ADA request deadline: November 2, 2020

March 29, 2021 – May 21, 2021

Student registration and ADA request deadline: January 25, 2021

June 14, 2021 – June 25, 2021

Student registration and ADA request deadline April 5, 2021

August 16, 2021 – September 10, 2021

Student registration and ADA request deadline: June 14, 2021

November 8, 2021 – December 10, 2021

Student registration and ADA request deadline: September 6, 2021

Testing Accommodations

If you need testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), follow the instructions below for submitting a request:

  1. Download the Testing Accommodations Request Form.
  2. Complete Part I including the candidate statement.
  3. Have your practitioner complete Part II including the practitioner statement.
  4. Submit the form to your college’s PCOA administrator, who will complete Part III.
  5. Your college will submit the completed form to us for review.
  6. You will receive a confirmation from your college’s PCOA administrator.

Prepare for the Assessment

Prepare for test day by familiarizing yourself with the PCOA content areas.

Take the Assessment – Online Proctoring

You will have three hours to complete the assessment online via ProctorU including 10 minutes for a tutorial and survey. Test your device on the ProctorU website to ensure it is compatible for test day. Remember to have these items with you on test day:

  • Your valid (not-expired) state-issued ID.
  • Your personal laptop.
  • Blank scratch paper.
  • Writing utensil (pencil or pen).

Report Exam Irregularity

Follow all examination rules. If you have witnessed misconduct or other irregularities, report it immediately.