Methods of Assessment
All degree programs offered at Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) employ a combination of direct and indirect assessment methods in order to gauge student learning and monitor the need for programmatic improvements. While direct measures provide a distinct assessment of student learning through the monitoring of student work, indirect measures allow for consideration of perceptions related to student learning and programmatic effectiveness. Therefore, this two-tiered method of assessment provides a holistic understanding of student outcomes and allows for improvements to programs and curricula which are evidence-based and backed by best practices.
Direct Methods of Assessment
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)
Benchmark exams (written and practical)
Business plan evaluation
Course-embedded assignments and exams
Dissertation/thesis and defense
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)
Mock board exams
Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE)
Professional licensure exams
Indirect Methods of Assessment
Current student satisfaction surveys
Patient satisfaction surveys
Each of these method of assessment are actively used in one or more components of the TAMHSC in order to assess student learning. Results stemming from these assessments are used to inform the decision making process when modifying and improving programs and curricula.