International 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 2017
The deadlines to submit completed PharmCAS and supplemental applications are as follows:
Early Decision Applicants: September 6, 2016
Regular Decision Applicants: March 1, 2017
Step 1: Complete and submit the PharmCAS application.
- PCAT Score(s)
- Official transcripts or transcript evaluations
- Evidence of English Language Proficiency
- 3 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: Mail financial documentation.
Step 5: Monitor your PharmCAS account to ensure the application process proceeds timely and that 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 prerequisite study. Courses completed in the United States must be from a regionally 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 to PharmCAS along 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
Joseph Silny and Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
AACRAO International Education Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 296-3359
Fax: (202) 822-3940
Evidence of English Language Proficiency
Applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. One of the following can be used as certification of English proficiency:
- Diploma or degree from an English speaking school – a degree or diploma from an accepted accredited college or university in which the primary language of instruction for the entire institution is English.
- You have graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
- You have taken English composition and speech prerequisites from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, and have earned a “B” or better.
- The TOEFL – The recommended minimum scores for admissions are:
- Paper-based test score of 550 or higher
- Internet-based test score of 90 or higher
- The date of taking the TOEFL should not be more than 12 months prior to the date of enrollment.
- 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 may be conducted in person or via video conferencing.
Official documents (photocopies are acceptable) certifying that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the Appalachian College of Pharmacy for one academic year are required. This evidence will be used to issue the student an immigration document (I-20) which will be required to obtain the F-1 student visa at a US embassy or consulate.