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Dean's Message

Welcome to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy website. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn more about the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and our commitment to academic excellence, our college family, our community, and to the profession of pharmacy.

Located in the heart of the central Appalachian Mountains the College offers one of the few accelerated three-year Doctor of Pharmacy programs in the nation.  The Appalachian College of Pharmacy was created to serve regional needs and to provide a beacon for progressive pharmacy practice and education that will shine nationally for its academic excellence and innovations in rural health care.  Through education, service, outreach, research endeavors, and an abiding determination the College faculty and students have begun to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from prevalent health disparities such as drug and tobacco addiction, asthma, obesity, and diabetes. 

The academic program instills the knowledge and skills that student pharmacists need to excel as health care professionals and to overcome barriers that plague health care in rural communities.  Through the experiential education program students gain exposure to a variety of practice models, settings, and in-depth experiences to enhance and expand their knowledge, practice skills, judgment, and sense of responsibility necessary to support independent and collaborative practice. 

This is a dynamic and exciting time for the profession of pharmacy and for pharmacy education.  There are more diverse career opportunities for today’s pharmacy graduates than ever before. Thank you for your interest in the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.  Please feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions regarding our academic program or campus.  We look forward to working with you to expand and enhance the future of pharmacy.

                  Sincerely,

                  Susan L. Mayhew, Dean