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Application Process

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 2015

The deadlines to submit completed PharmCAS and supplemental application are as follows:

Early Decision Applicants: September 2, 2014

Regular Decision Applicants: March 2, 2015


 

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: Complete and submit the Appalachian College of Pharmacy supplemental application.

Step 3: Mail arbitration agreement and photo to ACP Office of Admissions.

Step 4: 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Achieve a recommended cumulative grade point average of 2.5/4.0 or its equivalent. ***Experience and other evidence may be considered.
  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 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
 

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 immediately preceding 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

Electives

13.0 Sem. Hrs.4

Total

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.

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.

TOEFL Requirement

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

2. Pharmacist

3. Applicant’s Choice

Note: ACP does not accept evaluations from friends, family members, clergy, co-workers, or politicians. 

Interview

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.