Assessment of center for the advancement of pharmaceutical education (CAPE) outcomes in a capstone course of an accelerated pharmacy program

UMMS Affiliation

Meyers Primary Care Institute

Publication Date


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Education, Pharmacy


Health Services Research | Medical Education | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Primary Care



Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education endorses assessment of achievement of learning outcomes in pharmacy programs. This is a process that is aided by requiring that course outcomes align with student learning outcomes (SLOs). We sought to assess student achievement of multiple outcomes that have been linked to a senior capstone course.

Materials and Methods

SLOs were applied to a capstone course that requires a professional poster presentation. Faculty assessment of SLOs achievement and students' self-assessment were completed using specific evaluation tools. Successful achievement was defined as an overall score of greater than or equal to 70%.


There were 158 students assessed by faculty; 92 students completed self-evaluations. Faculty assessment found that students completed 85% of the course evaluation items (70% expected, p less than or equal to 0.001), with student self-assessment consistent with faculty assessment.


The assessment methods in this course provided insight into how well our pharmacy curriculum prepares students for performance of tasks that are essential attributes for a graduating pharmacist.

DOI of Published Version



Donovan JL, Kanaan AO, Silva MA, Horton E, Abel C, Belliveau PP. Assessment of CAPE outcomes in a capstone course of an accelerated pharmacy program. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.2011;3:299-306. DOI 10.1016/j.cptl.2011.07.003

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning