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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’s Dr. Richard Nicholas Appointed to State Rare Disease Council

OAKWOOD, VA (OCTOBER 5, 2021) – Dr. Richard Nicholas, pharmacy practice department chair at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, has been appointed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to the state’s new Rare Disease Council. Appointments to the council, created by the General Assembly earlier this year, were announced by the governor last month. The new…Keep Reading ACP’s Dr. Richard Nicholas Appointed to State Rare Disease Council

  • ACP Welcomes 58 First Year Pharmacy Students

    Oakwood, VA (August 17, 2021) – Fifty-eight students arrived on the campus of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy last 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 2024 represent 15 different states including Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia,…Keep Reading ACP Welcomes 58 First Year Pharmacy Students

  • Recent ACP Graduate Earns Prestigious VPhA Harvey Morgan Award

    OAKWOOD, VA (JULY 26, 2021)  — Recent Appalachian College of Pharmacy Graduate Bryna Marla Addair, has been selected by the Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA) as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Harvey Morgan Award for Advancing Health Policy. The award is given annually to one student selected from among nominees for the award from pharmacy…Keep Reading Recent ACP Graduate Earns Prestigious VPhA Harvey Morgan Award

  • Four ACP Students Selected as Virginia AHEC Scholars

    OAKWOOD, VA (JUNE 29, 2021) –  Four Appalachian College of Pharmacy students, Maggie Haynes, Kristin Thompson, Danielle Saylor and Kenna Fields have been selected as Virginia American Health Education Centers (AHEC) Scholars. Haynes and Thompson were nominated by Caterina Hernandez, ACP assistant professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences. Fields was nominated by Angie Mutter,…Keep Reading Four ACP Students Selected as Virginia AHEC Scholars