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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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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 Assistant Professor Launches New Nationally, Internationally Recognized Journal

OAKWOOD, VA (FEBRUARY 16, 2024) –  A new online peer-reviewed open-access journal focused on pharmaceutical compounding and therapeutics has been launched by Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Faisal Hossain. The Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding and Therapeutics ( was recently assigned an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) by the Library of…Keep Reading ACP Assistant Professor Launches New Nationally, Internationally Recognized Journal

  • ACP, BGH, Appalachian Family Care Partner to Offer Free Heart Screenings

    OAKWOOD, VA (FEBRUARY 9, 2024) –  The Appalachian College of Pharmacy, in partnership with Buchanan General Hospital and Appalachian Family Care will be providing free vital heart screenings next week. No appointment is needed for the screenings planned for February 18, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jack & Judy Room above…Keep Reading ACP, BGH, Appalachian Family Care Partner to Offer Free Heart Screenings

  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy Releases Fall 2023 Dean’s List

    OAKWOOD, VA (JANUARY 10, 2024) — The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) has issued its Fall 2023 dean’s list. Students named to the list have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher in the Appalachian College of Pharmacy’s accelerated three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program. “The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is extremely proud of these students…Keep Reading Appalachian College of Pharmacy Releases Fall 2023 Dean’s List

  • ACP Student Selected for Prestigious Amgen Fellowship

    OAKWOOD, VA (DECEMBER 19, 2023) –  Appalachian College of Pharmacy third year student Andrew Lee has been selected for a  fellowship with Amgen, an American multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif.  The fellowship will begin after his graduation from ACP in May 2024. Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for…Keep Reading ACP Student Selected for Prestigious Amgen Fellowship