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Learning Comes First

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.


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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.

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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.

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$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.

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Careers in Pharmacy – Join the Healthcare Team Today!

Pharmacy is one of the most diverse healthcare professions with career specialties in clinical, nuclear, geriatric, oncology, veterinary and many more. Did you know that pharmacists are the medication experts and on average earn a median salary of $128,000? Currently, careers in pharmacy are projected to increase 6% by 2026, so it is an excellent time to begin your journey to a rewarding career of one of the most trusted and accessible healthcare professions. We invite you to take a moment to discover the diverse and dynamic opportunities a degree in pharmacy provides!

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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
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Do I need a bachelor degree to enroll at ACP?
No, the only requirement is the 72 hours of prerequisite coursework.
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Do I need to take the PCAT or another entrance exam?
No, ACP does not require the PCAT or any other entrance exam.
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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.

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ACP Recognizes Two at Annual Founder’s Day Event

OAKWOOD, VA (SEPTEMBER 9, 2023) –A member of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy’s (ACP) first board of trustees and its recently retired first registrar were recognized Thursday afternoon during the annual ACP Founder’s Day picnic. ACP President Mickey McGlothlin welcomed students, faculty, staff and guests to the picnic held in the college gym, noting the…Keep Reading ACP Recognizes Two at Annual Founder’s Day Event

  • ACP’s Diversity Task Force Hosts ‘Appalachian Day’ Event

    OAKWOOD, VA (SEPTEMBER 7, 2023) – A brief history of Appalachia was among the features of an Appalachian Day celebration at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) last month as the college welcomed its incoming Class of 2026. The event was hosted by the ACP Diversity Task Force and coincided with the college’s business fair…Keep Reading ACP’s Diversity Task Force Hosts ‘Appalachian Day’ Event

  • First Cohort of ACP Students Begin Classes at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

    OAKWOOD, VA (SEPTEMBER 1, 2023) –The first cohort of Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) students to participate in off campus classes offered by ACP at the Southwest Virgina Higher Education Center (SWVHEC) in Abingdon, Va., arrived on campus Monday to begin their studies at the higher education center. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ACP…Keep Reading First Cohort of ACP Students Begin Classes at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

  • ACP Welcomes First Year Pharmacy Students; White Coat Ceremony Held

    OAKWOOD, VA (August 25, 2023) – First year pharmacy students arrived on the campus of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy Wednesday to begin their studies leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in Virginia’s only three-year doctor of pharmacy program. Students in the incoming class of 2026 represent seven different states including Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee,…Keep Reading ACP Welcomes First Year Pharmacy Students; White Coat Ceremony Held