Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA)?

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My question is, did anyone get asked about their PCOA scores while on interviews?

Just an FYI just incase anyone is unfamiliar with the PCOA: PCOA | National Association of Boards of Pharmacy .

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Here's a sample from a letter from ACCP/NABP that was sent out to all RPDs last year during interviews. Some programs may choose to use the PCOA during their interviews or application review anyway.

" To date there has not been suffcient evidence that PCOA scores are a reliable measure of students’ ability to apply their knowledge in a practice context. In developing and validating the PCOA, NABP has not verified the integrity of the PCOA for purposes other than those noted in the preceding paragraph and strongly advise against the use of individual student scores for post-graduate placement (e.g., resident selec on, employment decisions, graduate school admissions) or other uses."
The program I matched with requires your PCOA individual score report as an attachment to your application for "data collecting purposes".
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