Assessments - OSCE & PCOA

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Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs)


  • The CP119 OSCE is held during the spring quarter of P1 year

  • Consult the OSCE schedule and submit a switch request if needed

  • Please arrive to the Kanbar Simulation Center 10 minutes prior to your assigned time. Late comers will not be admitted to the exam center.


  • Kanbar Simulation Center, 2nd Floor of UCSF Library


  • Formalized process to assess first year clinical knowledge and communication skills

  • Opportunity for additional feedback on professional skills learned during P1 didactic and experiential coursework


  • P1 “capstone” multi-station OSCE

    • Three stations assessing competency with Entrustable Professional Activities from the P1 Community Pharmacy IPPEs

      • Medication history

      • Immunization

      • Smoking cessation

  • Performance expectations

    • Treat the standardized patients as a “real” patient

    • Dress professionally

    • Introduce yourself (first and last name)

    • Conduct a patient-centered professional consultation

    • Complete the tasks outlined in the station instructions (aka door notes; see below)


  • Standardized patients (paid actors; NOT faculty member or residents) will be used in these simulated patient encounters

  • The CP119 OSCE SPs are professionals who have receive extensive training on the case and will provide student feedback using a standardized rubric

  • OSCE logistics

    • Encounter station instructions will be provided at the computer next to the exam room door after the log-in process is complete. These instructions will provide the following information:

      • Important patient-specific information

      • Items/resources in the room

      • Tasks to complete during the encounter

  • Each patient encounter will be 12 minutes in duration

    • If you finish prior to the 12 minute warning, you may leave the room

    • There will be a “5 minute remaining” warning to help you gauge your time during the counseling session

    • Once you exit the room, you will not be able to re-enter

  • An inter-station exercise (7 minutes in duration) will occur after each live patient encounter and will consist of 2-3 questions to document:

    • Information gained during the patient encounter

    • Recommended care plans.

  • Resources allowed during the encounter

    • Tablets/smart phones (e.g., CDC app or website; Lexi-Comp, etc)

  • Note: similar to real patient care settings, use of devices should be limited to looking for necessary information and may be seen as a distraction by the patient

  • Encounters will be videotaped for review after the experience

  • Exam security

    • DO NOT share details about the case with anyone. You will electronically sign an exam honor code agreement before each encounter. Students violating the OSCE honor code will be subject to disciplinary action including referral to the Committee on Student Status & Honors for further action.

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For more information on post-OSCE results and scoring refer to the PDF iconConnecting to Bline Clinical Skills PDF

OSCEs schedule


The CP 119 OSCE will take place in the spring quarter of P1 year.

If applicable, the remediation will take place in the fall or spring quarters of P2 year.


event quarter date time

CP 119 P2 OSCE Remediation


Thursday, September 25, 2017


CP 119 OSCE - Session #1


Friday, June 1, 2018


CP 119 OSCE - Session #2


Monday, June 4, 2018


Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA)

As part of American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) requirements, the first-year class will take the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA). This exam, developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), is taken by thousands of student pharmacists nationwide and offers each school a valuable tool to use in curriculum development and review. Students will retake the exam in their third year.

This is not an exam that requires preparation on students’ part, but instead will provide a snapshot of all students knowledge base on a variety of pharmacy-related topics as they enter and continue with the PharmD program.

PCOA registration

Students must self-register for the PCOA exam online by creating an e-Profile on the NABP website.

ADA request form

If students have an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) testing accommodations request, complete the attached form and send to me once complete so that I can attach it to your PCOA registration.

  • Note: this is done upon registration so that we can make accommodations for the PCOA exam as well as course midterms and finals going forward.
  • Page 1: student completes, Page 2: doctor completes, Page 3: Tim Montgomery ([email protected]) of Student Disability Services completes for school – students must coordinate this effort with Tim.


Also, once registered, students will need to install the PCOA testing application called FastTEST.

Contact NABP


If you have any other questions regarding the PCOA exam, please contact IPPE Coordinator.


Results are released 4 weeks after the end date of the window in which the PCOA exam was administered (generally, 4 weeks after the exam was taken). Both P1 and P3 results will be uploaded to students’ E*Value profiles for viewing.

Faculty members who discuss and assess the results

P1 & P3 PCOA schedule for 2017–2018







Thursday, November 16, 2017

2:00–5:00 pm



Monday, January 22, 2017

2:00–5:00 pm

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