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The Appalachian College of Pharmacy, a college of higher education conferring the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, provides academic, scientific, and professional pharmacy education to address the health-related needs of rural and underserved communities, particularly those in Appalachia, through education, service, and scholarship. The philosophy of the College is to cultivate a learning community committed to education, community outreach, and the professional development of pharmacists.


Our Pharmacy Education

At the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, we provide our students with a quality pharmacy education leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Our three-year program provides substantial monetary savings for our students while maintaining the rigorous standards found in traditional four-year programs.

Degree in 3 Years

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is the only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Therefore, our students graduate and enter the workforce one year earlier than graduates from a traditional four-year program and they do so with equivalent classroom hours and clinical training.

$100K Advantage

Our students save one year of tuition and related expenses while earning income one year sooner. A recent analysis of the differences found the overall monetary advantage ACP students derive, when compared with Pharm.D. graduates at other schools, is nearly $100,000 — considered our $100k Advantage.

Pharmacy Exploration Center

Welcome to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy’s Exploration Center. Explore our activities covering various Pharmacy Career Paths to discover the diverse and dynamic opportunities a degree in pharmacy provides!


Come See for Yourself

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) is located at Oakwood, Virginia, in Buchanan County, which is in the rugged Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. ACP offers a three-year doctor of pharmacy program, and is committed to serving the needs of rural and under-served communities in Appalachia as well as throughout the world. Curious about ACP’s campus and the area, click below to schedule your visit and come see for yourself.

In Their Own Words…

Questions answered by current students and recent graduates
Do I need a bachelor degree to enroll at ACP?
No, the only requirement is the 72 hours of prerequisite coursework.
Do I need to take the PCAT or another entrance exam?
No, ACP does not require the PCAT or any other entrance exam.
How long will it take to complete my degree?
ACP offers Virginia's only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program. You can complete your program in 33 months.

Latest News…

Checkout the latest campus news and updates

ACP Confers Doctor of Pharmacy Degree on 66-Member Class of 2022

OAKWOOD, VA (MAY 7, 2022) – Sixty-six members of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) Class of 2022 received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees Saturday during the college’s fifteenth commencement exercises. K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. President and CEO Steve Smith was the commencement speaker and Matthew Stephen Bates, of Lynchburg, Va., a member of the…Keep Reading ACP Confers Doctor of Pharmacy Degree on 66-Member Class of 2022

  • ACP to Offer Summer Camp Experience

    OAKWOOD, VA (APRIL 26, 2022) – Students who are interested in learning more about the profession of pharmacy have been invited to attend a one-day summer camp event at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, this summer. The June 3 day camp is geared toward high school juniors and older to give them an opportunity to…Keep Reading ACP to Offer Summer Camp Experience

  • Smith Tapped as ACP 2022 Commencement Speaker

    OAKWOOD, VA (March 29, 2022) – The Appalachian College of Pharmacy has announced Steven C. Smith, president and chief executive officer of K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., which operates Food City stores throughout a five-state area, will be its 2022 commencement speaker. Raised in Grundy, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from James Madison…Keep Reading Smith Tapped as ACP 2022 Commencement Speaker

  • ACP Inducts New Members Into Rho Chi Honor Society

    OAKWOOD, VA (March 15, 2022) – Ten new members were inducted into the Delta Alpha chapter of Rho Chi at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Rho Chi is the honor society for pharmacy students. As the academic honor society in pharmacy, the Rho Chi Society, which is celebrating its 100th year nationally this year, encourages…Keep Reading ACP Inducts New Members Into Rho Chi Honor Society