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Background and Purpose: Top 200 Drug Card Exams are administered in the professional program at South Dakota State University to prepare students for clinical rotations and board exams.
Methods and Materials: Analysis of several variables was performed to find their impact on initial drug card exam pass rates: first exposure to the exam content, hours spent studying for the exam, average hours worked in a week, and time worked in a pharmacy. Data for this study was collected through an optional survey provided to P1, P2, and P3 students and optional quizzes that were provided to both P1 (n=42) and P2 students (n=61).
Results: Using Fisher’s exact test, the study found that there was statistical significance (p-value = 0.05) in pass rates between students who studied for the drug card exam for a total of 7.5 hours or more compared to those who spent less than 7.5 hours studying and in students studying more than two weeks before an exam to students who begin their studying less than two weeks before the exam. Additionally, statistical significance was found for P1 students who took one optional quiz for the second exam compared to those taking no quizzes; P2 students had statistical significance on the first exam of the semester in this analysis as well.
Results from this study demonstrate that providing optional or mandatory practice quizzes for students to prepare for these exams This research also provides objective data on strategies to increase the likelihood of passing Top 200 Drug Card exams.


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