Appalachian College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Vickie Keene  
      • Director of Academic Records, Admissions and Financial Aid  
      • Office of Admissions  
      • 1060 Dragon Road  
      • Oakwood 
      • Virginia 
      • 24631 
      • Phone (Work): 276-498-4190  
      • Phone (Fax): 276-498-4193 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

      • Appalachian College of Pharmacy Campus Photo

      • Appalachian College of Pharmacy Students Photo

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  May 1, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy program is a three year program. The first year consists of two terms. The second and third year of the program consists of three terms.
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details: ACP open houses will be announced on our website at Individual campus visits are offered upon request and applicants should contact the Office of Admissions to schedule an appointment. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • N/A 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) offers Virginia's only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

    ACP’s mission is to prepare pharmacists to provide excellent patient-centered pharmaceutical care and systems management to meet 21st century healthcare challenges, with a focus on meeting the needs of rural underserved populations. Through active participation in community health education and rural outreach clinics, students endeavor to improve the quality of life of the underserved members of their communities. ACP strives to provide the highest standards of academic excellence and professionalism and instill in students a sense of social responsibility, professional collaboration and a commitment to lifelong learning.

    To learn more about ACP, please visit our website at

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 120 - 130
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 75
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy adopts a holistic approach to admissions. Applicants presenting above average GPA scores are more competitive. Experience and other evidence may be considered.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy adopts a holistic approach to admissions. Applicants presenting above average GPA scores are more competitive. Experience and other evidence may be considered.
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) does not require the PCAT test however preference is given to applicants who submit PCAT test scores. ACP adopts a holistic approach to admissions.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 44%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 56%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.02
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20 - 46
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 7.3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72 semester hours
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41 semester hours
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 110
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72 semester hours   110 
      General Biology I with lab (4 semester hours) and General Biology II with lab (4 semester hours)  12 
      College Chemistry I with lab (4 semester hours) and College Chemistry II with lab (4 semester hours)  12 
      Electives (see website for clarification of required electives)   19  29 
      Organic Chemistry I with lab (4 semester hours) and Organic Chemistry II with lab (4 semester hours)  12 
      College Physics I or II with lab (4 semester hours) 
      Human Anatomy (3 semester hours)  4.5 
      Human Physiology (3 semester hours)  4.5 
      General Microbiology (3 semester hours)  4.5 
      English Composition I (3 semester hours) and English Composition II (3 semester hours) 
      College Mathematics (6 semester hours) which must include Calculus (Calculus with minimum of 3 semester hours)  
      Advanced Biological Science or Physics II (4 semester credits) 
    • Additional Information: 

      Two semesters or three quarters are required for each of the following prerequisites:  General Biology (General Biology I with lab and II with lab), College Chemistry (College Chemistry I with lab and College Chemistry II with lab), Organic Chemistry (Organic Chemistry I with lab and Organic Chemistry II with lab).

      Advanced Biological Science course (e.g. physics II / lab, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, others).

      The mathematics component must include a minimum of 3 semester hours of calculus. Examples of acceptable Calculus courses are Analytical Geometry and Differential Calculus, Calculus I, Basic Calculus, etc.

      A total of 19 semester credits are required for the Electives requirements.  In order to fulfill the Electives requirement the successful applicant must complete at least one course (3 semester credits) in social/behavioral sciences such as psychology or sociology, one course (3 semester credits) in the humanities/fine arts such as literature, art or music and at least one course (3 semester credits) in mathematics/sciences such as statistics or economics.  Humanities courses are content-based courses rather than skilled-based courses such as English Composition or a foreign language course.  Skill-based courses will not fulfill the Humanities requirements.  Three semester credit hours each of College Statistics and Public Speaking (6 total semester credits) are recommended as part of the Electives requirements, however other elective courses may be deemed to fulfill the requirements.  The remaining semester credits can be fulfilled by the successful completion of any of the three categories described above.

      The website for additional information is:


    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy supplemental application is available at
      • Deadline: Supplemental application is due on the day of interview. Postmarked by deadline
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        How to Apply -

        Supplemental Application -

        Please direct all questions to the Office of Admissions at 276-498-4190 or 866-935-7350 (toll free).

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        The Appalachian College of Pharmacy does not require the PCAT test.  However admissions preference is given to applicants who submit a PCAT test report.

        For additional PCAT test information please contact the Admissions Office at 276-498-4190.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Evidence of English Language Proficiency

        Applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. One of the following can be used as certification of English proficiency:

        • Diploma or degree from an English speaking school – a degree or diploma from an accepted accredited college or university in which the primary language of instruction for the entire institution is English.
        • You have graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
        • You have taken English composition and speech prerequisites from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, and have earned a “B” or better.
        • The TOEFL – The recommended minimum scores for admissions are:
          • Paper-based test score of 550 or higher
          • Internet-based test score of 90 or higher
          • The date of taking the TOEFL should not be more than 24 months prior to the date of enrollment.
          • The TOEFL score should be included in your PharmCAS application and not submitted to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Applicants must provide official transcripts of all academic coursework prior to matriculation.  Applicants must also provide documentation indicating the completion of all required immunizations, proof of health insurance coverage and submission of a criminal background check prior to matriculation.  Please see enrollment requirements at

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: Residency requirements are established by the College Registrar. Applicants will be contacted as appropriate.
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Preference is given to residents of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Please see our website at

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 05/01/2018 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens holding Permanent Resident status with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service will be considered for admission. Documentation of status is required and must be submitted to the College. Applicants with foreign transcripts must follow the instructions as outlined on the college website, see


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Appalachian College of Pharmacy requires three letters of recommendation. Please follow the PharmCAS instructions for submitting letters of recommendation. Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from each of the following:

      1. Science Professor

      2. Pharmacist

      3. Applicant’s Choice

      Note: ACP does not accept evaluations from friends, family members, clergy, co-workers, or politicians. 


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September - May 
    • Details: 

      After evaluating candidate files, the Admissions Committee will invite selected candidates for on-campus interviews based on the established admissions criteria. Candidates are interviewed by a panel typically consisting of at least one ACP faculty member and one pharmacist/preceptor. Candidates are also interviewed by a student panel consisting of two students.  During the interview, the panel will assess the candidate's oral communication skills, motivation, compassion, professionalism, leadership, and team working skills.  A writing sample is also collected during the interview process.

      Video conference interviews may be offered to applicants living in a foreign country.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Issued within 2 weeks after applicant interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Ten (10) business days from date of acceptance letter. Applicants must notify the College in writing that they wish to accept and reserve a place in the class. *The College reserves the right to shorten the time frame for an applicant to accept an offer of admissions.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000 seat deposit will be credited toward fall term tuition. A $500 refund is available upon written request prior to June 1st.
      • Due: Ten (10) business days from date of acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? Yes
      • Details: The $1,000 seat deposit is due by the deadline established in the acceptance letter. The seat deposit ($1,000) will be credited toward fall term tuition. A $500 refund is available upon written request prior to June 1st.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 15 - 17, 2018 
      • Details: Please visit our website for the current academic calendar at:
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 20, 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred admissions must be submitted in writing to the Admissions Committee and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Accepted applicants electing to defer their offer of admission are required to make a written request by July 1 and, if granted, admission will be deferred for one year. In the event that an applicant is granted a deferral until the following academic year, then a second seat deposit of five hundred dollars ($500) shall be required not later than April 1 of the year of the deferred admission.