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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.

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
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, SWVHEC Announce Partnership to Offer ACP Classes at Higher Ed Center

ABINGDON, VA (December 15, 2022) –A memorandum of understanding between the Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SWVHEC) marking the official start of a partnership which will see ACP classes offered at the Higher Ed Center in addition to being offered at the college’s Oakwood campus was formally signed…Keep Reading ACP, SWVHEC Announce Partnership to Offer ACP Classes at Higher Ed Center

  • ACP Hires First Dean of New Department of Public Health

    OAKWOOD, VA (December 6, 2022) – Dr. Jim Florence has joined the faculty and staff at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy as its first dean and a professor in the new ACP Department of Public Health. ACP Dean Susan Mayhew made the announcement recently, also announcing several staff transitions and the retirement of long-time Registrar…Keep Reading ACP Hires First Dean of New Department of Public Health

  • Estep Joins ACP Staff as Safety Coordinator

    OAKWOOD, VA (October 11, 2022) – Brandon Estep has joined the staff at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy as safety coordinator. He also provides support to ACP’s information technology functions. Prior to joining the ACP staff, Estep previously served as a security supervisor for the college for a number of years, working through a private…Keep Reading Estep Joins ACP Staff as Safety Coordinator

  • ACP Approves Strategic Plan

    OAKWOOD, VA (September 2, 2022) – A strategic plan, setting goals and projected outcomes for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy was recently approved by the college board of trustees. The plan was shared with existing and incoming students earlier this month and focuses on four core goals: education; service and outreach; scholarship; and development and…Keep Reading ACP Approves Strategic Plan