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Application Requirements

Academic Requirements

Pre-Pharmacy Credit Hours and Grade Point Average

To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete a minimum of 72 semester credit hours of pre-pharmacy study in an accredited college or university in the United States.
  2. Achieve a recommended cumulative grade point average of 2.5/4.0 or its equivalent.
  3. 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 on-campus interview.

Required Prerequisite Courses

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 of the time of application to the program.)

Prerequisite Courses

Required Credit Hours

General Biology with lab

8.0 Sem. Hrs.1

College Chemistry with lab

8.0 Sem. Hrs.1

Organic Chemistry with lab

8.0 Sem. Hrs.1

College Physics with lab

8.0 Sem. Hrs.1

Human Anatomy

3.0 Sem. Hrs.

Human Physiology

3.0 Sem. Hrs.

General Microbiology

3.0 Sem. Hrs.

English Composition

6.0 Sem. Hrs.1

College Mathematics

6.0 Sem. Hrs.2

Public Speaking

3.0 Sem. Hrs.

College Statistics

3.0 Sem. Hrs.3


13.0 Sem. Hrs.4


72.0 Sem. Hrs.

1Two semesters terms or three quarters terms.
2The mathematics component must include a minimum of three semester hours of calculus.
3The three hours of college statistics is required in addition to the mathematics requirement.
4In 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.

International Prerequisite Courses

Applicants who have completed any of the core prerequisites from non-U.S. accredited institutions must submit transcript evaluations from either World Educational Services or Josef Silny & Associates. 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 achieve a score of at least 90 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL iBT®), and must submit these scores with their applications.

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.

Citizenship Requirements

All applicants to Appalachian College of Pharmacy are required to be a U.S. Citizen or have permanent resident status granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Documentation of residency status will be required to complete the application process.

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.

ACP Supplemental Application

Applicants are also required to complete and submit a supplemental application directly to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy. There is no charge for this supplemental application.

Letters of Recommendation

Appalachian College of Pharmacy requires three letters of recommendation. The requirements are as follows:


1. Science Professor

2. Pharmacist

3. Applicant’s Choice


Note: ACP does not accept evaluations from friends, family members, clergy, co-workers, or politicians. Letters of recommendation are to be submitted through PharmCAS.

On-Campus Interview

Once an applicant’s file is evaluated, the Student Affairs Office will select candidates that meet the College’s admissions criteria and may invite those applicants for an on-campus interview. Candidates will be interviewed by two panels: one of current students and one of faculty. During the interview, the panels will assess the candidate's oral communication skills, motivation, accomplishments, professionalism, compassion, and cooperation skills. Candidates selected for an interview should expect to spend a full day at Appalachian College of Pharmacy.