ACP to Offer Summer Camp Experience for Students

OAKWOOD, VA (June 21, 2022) –  Students who are interested in learning more about the profession of pharmacy have been invited to attend a one-day summer camp event hosted by the Appalachian College of Pharmacy July 15, 2022 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.

The summer camp day is geared toward high school students and those who are older and is designed to give them an opportunity to experience what it is like to be a college of pharmacy student and what it takes to be a pharmacist. It follows a June 3 day camp on the college’s Oakwood area campus.

“Due to the overwhelming demand, we have decided to host a second pharmacy camp in Abingdon at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center,” said ACP Dean Susan Mayhew. “We had 50 students take part in our camp event at Oakwood earlier this month.”

She added that classes at the Higher Ed Center may also be taught there beginning in 2023 as the college has applied to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to also deliver its second year didactic courses at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Students will then have the option to attend second year classes either on campus or at the higher ed center pending approval.

The camp day on July 15 will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students taking part in the camp will learn from ACP faculty members who are experts in their fields; conduct patient assessment procedures; discover pharmacy compounding techniques; practice pharmacotherapy on a human simulator; hear from ACP students about their pharmacy school experience; and attend an admissions workshop session.

The day-long event is free and is open to students who register online at

Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the college.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn a little more about the college of pharmacy and through a series of interactive events, learn a little more about what the profession of pharmacy is all about,” Mayhew said.

For questions about the camp, interested persons may contact or call 275-498-5272.

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is the only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 2003, the college accepted its first students in 2005. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Its mission is to cultivate a learning community committed to education, community outreach and the professional development of pharmacists. Its graduate pharmacists are now practicing throughout the United States.

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