Objective: To implement and assess the impact of a virtual patient pilot program on pharmacy students' clinical competence skills.
Design: Pharmacy students completed interactive software-based patient case scenarios embedded with drug-therapy problems as part of a course requirement at the end of their third year.
Assessment: Assessments included drug-therapy problem competency achievement, performance on a pretest and posttest, and pilot evaluation survey instrument. Significant improvements in students' posttest scores demonstrated advancement of clinical skills involving drug-therapy problem solving. Students agreed that completing the pilot program improved their chronic disease management skills and the program summarized the course series well.
Conclusion: Using virtual patient technology allowed for assessment of student competencies and improved learning outcomes.
Keywords: clinical skills; learning outcomes; simulation; virtual patient.