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“ACP provides its students with a personalized education that promotes the development of successful pharmacists and community leaders.” -Tyler Jauss, Class of 2016

Doctor of Pharmacy Quality Indicators

Doctor of Pharmacy – 51.2001

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
The Appalachian College of Pharmacy has been granted accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 664.3575; FAX (312) 664.4652, website www.acpe-accredit.org. Policies and regulations pertaining to the accreditation process are available on the ACPE website: http://www.acpe-accredit.org or by calling the ACPE office at (312) 664.3575.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the doctor of pharmacy degree. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4501 for questions about the status of Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Certification

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has certified the Appalachian College of Pharmacy to operate in Virginia, and the right to confer the doctor of pharmacy degree. Contact the State Council at 101 N. 14TH St., 10TH FL, James Monroe Bldg. – Richmond, VA 23219 or call (804) 225-2600 for questions about the status of Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. Our profile is available here.


History

Located in Southwest Virginia, Appalachian College of Pharmacy 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.

The College was founded in August 2003 as the University of Appalachia by Frank Kilgore, assistant county attorney for Buchanan County, Virginia. The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors and Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority requested that Mr. Kilgore establish a higher education institution as an economic, educational, and healthcare development project. The College is strategically positioned in Buchanan County, Virginia, which shares borders with Kentucky and West Virginia in the center of the Appalachian coalfields. The Appalachian region faces significant economic and educational barriers, as well as healthcare challenges. A previous report to the Virginia Legislature documented that residents of Southwest Virginia have difficulty obtaining and paying for healthcare, including dental and pharmaceutical care. By bringing higher education and advances in healthcare to the region, the College is well-positioned to be a catalyst for positive changes in economic development, education, and healthcare.

The College was awarded pre-candidate accreditation status with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in June 2005.

The College matriculated its first class of students in August 2005.

The College was certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in June 2005.

The College was awarded candidate accreditation status by ACPE in June 2007, permitting graduates to sit for the national pharmacy licensure examinations.

The College graduated its first class in the Spring of 2008.

In February 2009 the College formally changed its name from University of Appalachia to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

In January 2010, the College was awarded accreditation status by ACPE.

In January 2011 the College was awarded accreditation status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)


Mission & Vision

Mission

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 under-served 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.

Vision

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (the College), through quality and innovative education, service and scholarship, will improve the general health and well-being of the residents of rural or under served populations, particularly vulnerable populations within Central Appalachia. The College will educate pharmacists to embrace knowledge and technology to optimize pharmacist-delivered patient care and health outcomes in an interdisciplinary health care environment. The College will collaborate with stakeholders to develop centers of excellence to address identified needs in rural health.


ACP is Committed to These Core Values

Excellence

To meet and exceed, through continuous quality improvement, the highest standards of academic excellence and professionalism in service.

Professionalism

To create a climate that encourages personal development of ethical behavior, responsibility, dependability, and commitment among students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Social Responsibility

To develop a commitment to social responsibility; to contribute to the health and well being of patients, the community, and society in medically underserved regions; and to shape public policy and health promotion at all levels.

Collaboration

To work with other educational institutions, the healthcare community, and other specialties and organizations to foster collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Lifelong Learning

To provide meaningful and innovative experiences that encourage and develop a lifelong commitment to learning and professional development of students, faculty, staff, preceptors, alumni and other pharmacists.

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