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: vkeene@acp.edu 

    • Website:

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  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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:
      • Details: ACP does not offer open houses. However, campus visits are offered upon request by the applicant contacting the Office of Admissions to arrange a campus visit. 
    • 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:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) offers Virginia's a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program. ACP serves society through pharmaceutical education, service, and scholarship.

    ACP provides access to pharmacy education to the citizens of Central Appalachia and to individuals committed to the needs of rural and underserved communities in our country and throughout the world. ACP’s Doctor of Pharmacy program educates pharmacy students to understand and overcome the challenges of rural health care.

    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 in Central Appalachia and other similar areas. 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. In order to support our mission all ACP students are required to complete 150 hours of community service while enrolled. 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 http://www.acp.edu.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 190
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 120 - 130
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 75 - 78
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 55-60
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 47%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 53%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.0
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250-275
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy recommends an applicant have a 2.5 GPA.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy recommends an applicant have a 2.5 GPA.
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: The Appalachian College of Pharmacy recommends an applicant have a composite PCAT score of 50% or higher.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21 - 51
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 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: Spring 2015 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 
      College Statistics   4.5 
      Electives (see www.acp.edu website for clarification of required electives)   13  19.5 
      Organic Chemistry I with lab (4 semester hours) and Organic Chemistry II with lab (4 semester hours)  12 
      College Physics I with lab (4 semester hours) and College Physics II with lab (4 semester hours)  12 
      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)  
      Public Speaking (3 semester hours)  4.5 
    • 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) and Physics (Physics I with lab and Physics II with lab).

      The mathematics component must include a minimum of 3 semester hours of calculus.

      The 3 hours of college statistics is required in addition to the mathematics requirement.

      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 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.  The remaining 4 semester credits can be fulfilled by the successful completion of any of the three categories described above.

      The website for additional information is:
      http://www.acp.edu/index.php/admissions/requirements/

       


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: Scores must be no older than three (3) years from the application date.
      • Details: 

        Applicants are highly recommended to take the PCAT test early. However, ACP will accept the January PCAT test.

        For additional PCAT test information visit: http://www.acp.edu/index.php/admissions/requirements/

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

        Applicants submitting coursework from non-English speaking foreign schools who have not earned a B or better in the English Composition and Public Speaking prerequisites must achieve a score of at least 90 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), and must submit this score with their applications. TOEFL iBT score must be no older than 3 years from the application date.  The Appalachian College of Pharmacy's institutional code for TOEFL is 5875.

      • 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 http://www.acp.edu/index.php/admissions/enrollment-requirements/. 


  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

  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: 03/02/2015 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 http://www.acp.edu/index.php/admissions/.


  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)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • 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 Dates:
      • September - April  
    • 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 comprehensive science/math based test is given to students to evaluate their academic background.  A writing sample is also collected during the interview process.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Issued 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 shortened the timeframe 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: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 10, 2015
    • 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.