Applicants who plan to apply for admission to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy are required to submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). PharmCAS is a web-based application service which applicants use to submit their application, PCAT score(s), official transcripts or transcript evaluations, TOEFL score, and letters of recommendation.
Application Deadlines for Fall 2018
The deadlines to submit completed PharmCAS and supplemental application are as follows:
Early Decision Applicants: September 5, 2017
Regular Decision Applicants: March 1, 2018
Step 1: Complete and submit the PharmCAS application.
- PCAT Score(s)
- Official transcripts or transcript evaluations
- TOEFL score (if required)
- Letters of Recommendation
Step 2: Mail arbitration agreement and photo to ACP Office of Admissions.
Step 3: Monitor your PharmCAS account to ensure letters of recommendation have been submitted.
Application to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is highly competitive. Priority is given to candidates who complete their application early.
Prerequisite Academic Requirements
To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Complete a minimum of 72 semester credit hours of pre-pharmacy study. Courses completed in the United States must be from an accredited college or university.
- Achieve a recommended cumulative grade point average of 2.5/4.0 or its equivalent. ***Experience and other evidence may be considered.
- Have a grade of “C-” (or its equivalent) or better in all prerequisite courses.
All applicants meeting the minimum criteria will have their files evaluated. Because a large number of candidates apply for admission each year, only the most qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.
Prerequisites Completed Outside the United States
Applicants who have completed any of the core prerequisites from a non-U.S. institution must submit transcript evaluations from either World Educational Services or Josef Silny & Associates. The transcript evaluations should be submitted with your PharmCAS application and not to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.World Education Services (WES) Bowling Green Station P.O. Box 5087 New York, NY 10274-5087 Phone: (212) 966-6311 Fax: (212) 739-6100 http://www.wes.org Joseph Silny and Associates 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami, FL 33173 Phone: (305) 273-1616 Fax: (305) 273-1338 http://www.jsilny.com AACRAO International Education Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 296-3359
Fax: (202) 822-3940
Applicants must have completed all following prerequisite coursework to be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. All prerequisites must be completed before students may matriculate into Appalachian College of Pharmacy. (In addition, it is recommended that all prerequisite coursework be completed within five calendar years immediately preceding the time of application to the program.)
|Prerequisite Courses||Required Credit Hours|
|General Biology with lab||8.0 Sem. Hrs.*|
|College Chemistry with lab||8.0 Sem. Hrs.*|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8.0 Sem. Hrs.*|
|College Physics with lab||4.0 Sem. Hrs.|
|Advanced Biological Science||4.0 Sem. Hrs.**|
|Human Anatomy||3.0 Sem. Hrs.|
|Human Physiology||3.0 Sem. Hrs.|
|General Microbiology||3.0 Sem. Hrs.|
|English Composition||6.0 Sem. Hrs.*|
|College Mathematics||6.0 Sem. Hrs.***|
|Electives||19.0 Sem. Hrs.****|
|Total||72.0 Sem. Hrs.|
*Two semesters terms or three quarters terms.
**Advanced Biological Science (e.g. physics II / lab, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, others)
***The mathematics component must include a minimum of three semester hours of calculus.
****In order to fulfill the Electives requirement, an applicant must complete at least one course in social/behavioral sciences (three semester credits), such as psychology or sociology, one course in the humanities/fine arts (three semester credits), such as literature, art or music, and at least one course in mathematics/sciences (three semester credits), such as economics. Humanities courses are to be content-based courses rather than skilled-based courses, such as English Composition or a foreign language course. Skill-based courses will not fulfill the Humanities requirements. The remaining four semester credits can be fulfilled by the completion of any of the three categories described above.
Applicants may not exclude any part of their college-level educational history. An applicant who fails to report all institutions attended will forfeit his/her eligibility for admission to Appalachian College of Pharmacy or may be dismissed. Records and documents submitted for admission to Appalachian College of Pharmacy will not be returned.
Evidence of English Language Proficiency
Applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the TOEFL or show successful completion of two years of full-time study in an English-speaking country in which English was the language of instruction.
Applicants submitting coursework from non-English speaking foreign schools who have not earned a “B” or better in the English Composition and Speech prerequisites must successfully complete the TOEFL.
More information regarding the TOEFL is available at www.ets.org/toefl.
The Appalachian College of Pharmacy school code is 5875. The date of taking the TOEFL should not be more than 12 months prior to the date of enrollment. The recommended minimum scores for admissions are:
Paper-based test score of 550 or higher
Internet-based test score of 90 or higher
The TOEFL score should be included in your PharmCAS application and not submitted to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.
Pharmacy College Admission Test Score
Applicants are required to submit at least one Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) score with their PharmCAS application. Applicants should request that the PCAT score be sent directly to PharmCAS using Code 104 and NOT to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.
Appalachian College of Pharmacy considers the applicant’s composite percentile score in the admission process and will consider only the highest score, if more than one score is submitted.
Letters of Recommendation
Appalachian College of Pharmacy requires three letters of recommendation. Please follow the PharmCAS instructions for submitting letters of recommendation. Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from each of the following:
1. Science Professor
3. Applicant’s Choice
Note: ACP does not accept evaluations from friends, family members, clergy, co-workers, or politicians.
Once an applicant’s file is evaluated, the Office of Admissions will select candidates that meet the College’s admissions criteria and may invite those applicants for an interview. Candidates will be interviewed by a student panel and a faculty/preceptor panel. During the interview, the panels will assess the candidate’s oral communication skills, motivation, accomplishments, professionalism, compassion, and cooperation skills. The interview will be conducted in person on the Appalachian College of Pharmacy campus.