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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 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

  • ACP Announces New Faculty, Staff Members

    OAKWOOD, VA (August 29, 2022) – The Appalachian College of Pharmacy has announced the addition of several new faculty and staff members. Dr. Amy Cochran has joined the staff as the director of experiential education; Karen Brown has joined ACP as its registrar (in training); Dr. Makayla Funk and Dr. Melanie Hagy have joined the…Keep Reading ACP Announces New Faculty, Staff Members

  • ACP Offers Priority Consideration Scholarship

    OAKWOOD, VA (August 29, 2022) — If a career in pharmacy is something you are considering for the future, now is the time to apply for admission to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, according to college officials, who announced the availability of a $5,000 Priority Consideration Scholarship for eligible incoming students. Interested persons may be…Keep Reading ACP Offers Priority Consideration Scholarship

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

    OAKWOOD, VA (August 12, 2022) – 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 2025 represent 14 different states including Virginia, Kentucky, West…Keep Reading ACP Welcomes First Year Pharmacy Students; White Coat Ceremony Held