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What is the doctor of pharmacy degree? 
The doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) is awarded in recognition of the attainment of the highest level of professional education in pharmacy. With advanced training in clinical and patient-centered care, the PharmD graduate is well prepared to assume an active role as a drug therapy specialist.

How long does it take to complete the PharmD program at ACP? 
It takes three years to complete ACP's program.

How does ACP provide the education and training in just three years? 
ACP utilizes a modified block curriculum where two half-day courses are taught during the first professional year, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. During the second professional year two courses alternate days throughout the week and generally run from 9:00am to 4:00pm with a one hour lunch break at noon.  Courses vary in duration from 10 to 30 days.

What is the minimum GPA considered? 
The college recommends students achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5/4.0, or its equivalent, in order to have their applications considered for admission.

Do you accept out-of-state students into your program? 
Yes, although preference is given to students applying from the Appalachian region, as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

How many students apply to the PharmD program? How many are accepted? 
For the Class of 2016, we received over 762 applications for 75 seats. 

What prerequisites must I have before applying to ACP? 
Details about academic requirements are available in the Admissions section.

Does it matter at which school I take my pre-pharmacy coursework? 
All pre-pharmacy study and prerequisites must be either completed at an accredited college or university in the United States, or coursework taken at a non-United States-accredited institution must be evaluated by either World Educational Services or Josef Silny & Associates. Preference will be given to students who complete their coursework at schools with which ACP has articulation agreements.

If I have credit from a foreign college or university, how can I have this coursework evaluated? 
Detailed information about having coursework evaluated is available in the Admissions section, along with information about the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

What if I have a grade lower than “C” in a math and science prerequisite course? 
ACP requires a grade of “C” (or its equivalent) or better in all prerequisite courses.

Do I have to complete all prerequisite courses before I apply? 
All prerequisites must be completed by June 1st of the year of enrollment.  You do not have to complete all prerequisite courses before applying.

If I take coursework after submitting my application, how will ACP know this? 
You must update your application in PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service). Updated information will be forwarded to ACP.

Does it matter at which school I take my pre-pharmacy coursework? 
All pre-pharmacy study and prerequisites must be either completed at a U.S. accredited college or university, or coursework taken at a non-United States accredited institution must be evaluated by either World Educational Services or Josef Silny & Associates. Preference will be given to students who complete their coursework at schools with which ACP has articulation agreements.

Previous Experience

Is a degree required to apply to ACP? 
You are not required to earn a bachelor’s degree in order to apply to ACP. The PharmD degree requires at least two years of undergraduate study and most pharmacy students complete three or more years of college before starting a pharmacy program. ACP does give preference to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or other advanced degree. Individuals who hold a bachelor’s or other advanced degree must still complete all three academic years of the accelerated professional pharmacy program at ACP.

Is work experience in a pharmacy required to be accepted to ACP? 
Pharmacy work experience is not required for admission to ACP. It is, however, strongly recommended that all applicants work in the field as a technician through employment, shadowing, or volunteer work. Candidates who have prior experience in a pharmacy environment do receive additional consideration during the application process.


Admissions Testing

What is the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)? 
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), an exam developed by Pearson Education, Inc. is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy and measures general ability and scientific knowledge in six areas: verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, biology, chemistry, quantitative ability, and writing.

Is the PCAT required for admission? 
Prospective students must submit at least one set of PCAT scores at the time of application. Students should request that PCAT scores be sent directly to PharmCAS using Code 104 and NOT to ACP. Please visit the Admissions page for more information.

How do I register for the PCAT? 
To register online for the PCAT or to request your scores be sent to ACP, contact Pearson or visit the PCAT Website.

PCAT Customer Relations
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 78259

When should I take the PCAT? 
The PCAT is administered by Pearson multiple times during the months of January, July, and September. We recommend that applicants take the PCAT in either summer or fall so their scores can be sent to PharmCAS and their applications completed as quickly as possible.

How should I prepare for the PCAT? 
We recommend that you use a PCAT study guide to prepare for the examinination and take the PCAT Practice Test offered by Pearson. Information about the practice test may be found at

What is the minimum acceptable PCAT score? 
ACP considers the candidate’s composite percentile score in the admission process and considers only the highest score if more than one test result is submitted. ACP recommends candidates have a composite PCAT score in the 50th percentile to receive serious consideration.

How many times may I take the PCAT? 
Student are permitted to take the PCAT five (5) times, however additional prevision may be considered. Contact Pearson or visit the PCAT Website for more details.


Applying for Admission

How do I apply to ACP? 
Details about the application process are available in the Admissions section.

When is the application deadline at ACP?
The deadline for both applying through PharmCAS and for submitting the ACP Supplemental Application is March 1st of the admissions cycle.  An early application receives stronger consideration.

What is PharmCAS? 
The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) is an online application system that allows students to submit a single application to apply to multiple PharmD programs. Applicants to ACP are required to use PharmCAS. Visit the PharmCAS website for more information.

How will I know that my application has been received and is complete? 
If you wish to verify that your file is complete with PharmCAS and has been forwarded to ACP, you can log into your PharmCAS application and check the Status menu option. Please do not contact ACP with questions about your PharmCAS application.

We strongly suggest that applicants send the Supplemental Application to ACP via certified mail.  Both applications must be received or postmarked by March 1st.  Due to the volume of materials that we receive we are unable to verify receipt of individual applications.  However, we will notify you once your file is processed and complete.

When will I be notified of acceptance? 
After your application is complete and you have been interviewed, the Admissions Committee makes its decision. Admission decisions cannot be made without PCAT scores. All acceptances are conditional on your completing remaining prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.

What are rolling admissions? 
Rolling admissions means that ACP's Admissions Committee reviews and decides on applications as they are received until no openings remain for the entering class.

Can my parents call to find out the status of my application or speak with the Director of Admissions? 
No, we are not allowed to disclose application information to anyone except the applicant.


On-Campus Interview

Is an interview required for admission into the Pharmacy program? When do interviews take place? 
After evaluating application files, the Admissions Committee will invite selected candidates for on-campus interviews. Interviews take place between October and April. More information can be found here.

Who will interview me? 
Candidates are interviewed by ACP faculty members, outside pharmacists, and current ACP students.

How should I dress for the interview? 
Professional dress is expected for the personal interview.


Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of recommendation are required? 
ACP requires three (3) letters of recommendation. For more information, including how to submit your letters, please visit the PharmCAS website or the Admissions page. 

Who would be the best person to ask for a letter of recommendation? 
This institution requires an evaluation from both a science professor and a pharmacist. ACP does not accept evaluations from friends, family members, clergy, co-workers, or politicians.


Financial Information

Is federal financial aid available for attending ACP?
Yes, Title IV federally funded financial aid is now available.

Are scholarships available?
Yes. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Do you have an estimate of the cost of living while attending ACP?
Yes, that information is available in the Tuition & Fees section.

How much will textbooks cost each year?
Students are provided electronic access to a majority of ACP curricular textbooks; this expense is included in college fees.  For textbooks not available electronically, print copies may cost students up to $400 each academic year, for the first two years. 

When are tuition and fees due? 
The seat deposit is due within ten (10) business days of notification of acceptance to the College (unless otherwise stated in the admissions offer). A seat deposit is refundable up to $500 until June 1st, after June 1st no refund will be issued. The remainder of the tuition for the Fall Semester is due on the first day of enrollment. The schedule for remaining tuition payments can be found in the Tuition & Fees section.

Health and Safety Issues

Am I required to have health insurance before I can attend ACP? 
You must have health insurance to attend ACP and be able to provide proof of your coverage. Insurance coverage is required throughout a student's enrollment at ACP.  More information can be found here.

Are there any health requirements for pharmacy students? 
Yes. All students must provide documentation of the following immunizations before matriculation:

     MMR: Measles (Rubeola) vaccine without immune globulin after 1967, which includes two doses after twelve months of age, and at least one month apart. The second dose should be received after 1980. Also required is mumps immunization or documentation of the disease within your lifetime and rubella immunization or positive titer within your lifetime.

     Tetanus-diphtheria: Td booster within the past ten years. The student should substitute Tdap for one booster of Td. A two-year interval since the last Td is suggested.

     Polio: Complete OPV series.

     Hepatitis-B: Students must show documentation of the first two of the three shots upon admission to pharmacy school. Before entering Early Pharmacy Practice Experience (EPPE), students must provide documentation of the third shot.

     Varicella Zoster (Chicken Pox): Varicella vaccination or documentation of disease in lifetime.

     PPD testing: Two-step Mantoux baseline and annually thereafter. PPD testing shall be an annual requirement unless there are other circumstances requiring more frequent testing. Students with a positive PPD test will be required to show proof of a chest x-ray and a statement from their physician confirming the results of the chest x-ray. Information regarding any necessary treatment must be provided.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to have all immunizations completed and forwarded to ACP prior to matriculation.


On Campus

How do I get to ACP? 
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) is closest to ACP. Visit the Contact Us section for more information and driving directions.

Is there a library on campus? What are the hours? What books are available? 
Yes, more information is available in the Library section of the website.

Is housing available on campus? Nearby? Who do I call to get my utilities connected? Phone, cable, Internet, power, gas, etc.? 
You will receive details about housing and other residency information when your seat deposit has been received.

What student organizations exist at ACP? 
ACP has active chapters of the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, and National Community Pharmacists Association. ACP also has a very active Student Government AssociationFellowship of Christian Pharmacists, Kappa Psi professional fraternity, Phi Delta Chi professional fraternity, Phi Lambda Sigma pharmacy leadership society, and Rho Chi honor society.  ACP is working to establish other social and professional organizations.

What are ACP's policies about tobacco, drugs, and alcohol? 
Details can be found in Section X of thePDF file Student Handbook.

Is there a dress code for classes? For rotations? 
Yes, please refer to the professional guidelines or your Student Handbook PDF file.

Am I required to bring a laptop with me? 
Laptops are issued to students on the first day of orientation for their use, during the three year program.



Is ACP accredited? 

Yes, Appalachian College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-CC), and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy has received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  The college is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the status of Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has certified the Appalachian College of Pharmacy to operate in Virginia, and approved the formal use of the name "Appalachian College of Pharmacy," as well as ACP's right to confer the doctor of pharmacy degree. 

Can I get a student enrollment visa while attending ACP? 
ACP does not currently have INS approval to issue F-1 student visas. You must have a permanent resident visa to attend.

Where are the sites for the experiential program located? 
Our sites for the Early Pharmacy Practice Experience are primarily located within a 100-mile radius of ACP. Sites for the Core and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience are located across the United States.