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Appalachian College of Pharmacy
Appalachian College of Pharmacy logo.jpg
Established 2003
Type Three-year accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy school
President Michael McGlothlin
Dean Susan Mayhew
Faculty 21
Students 190
Location Grundy and Oakwood, Virginia, USA
Campus Rural

The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP), formerly known as the University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy, is a private pharmacy school located in Oakwood, Virginia. The school was established in 2003, opened its doors to students in August 2005[1], and offers Virginia's only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program. ACP's mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents of Central Appalachia through enhanced education, health care, and economic development.[2]



Citing a need to address a higher than normal age adjusted mortality rate (42% higher locally as opposed to the rest of Virginia) and a national pharmacist shortage, local leaders began to explore the possibility of a new pharmacy school in the region. In 2003, spurred by the success of the Appalachian School of Law, the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors commissioned County Attorney Frank Kilgore to start the University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy. The school opened its doors in August 2005, with Edgar R. Gonzalez as president and founding dean,[3] and graduated its first class in May 2008.[1][4]

In March 2009, the school changed its name from the University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy. This was done in order to facilitate its application for accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), because the previous name did not "accurately represent the singular stand-alone nature of the College’s operations".[5]

ACP, like the Appalachian School of Law, was envisioned to be an economic redevelopment tool. In its short existence, ACP is achieving that goal for the Buchanan County community. For example, as the school opened, 80 apartments were being built down the street. The school is forecast to bring in $20 million per year to the local economy. [6]


ACP offers a three-year accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program (most Doctor of Pharmacy programs last four years). A minimum of 150 credits and 1900 hours of experiential coursework are required for graduation. The majority of experiential coursework occurs during the third year of study, while didactic coursework is held during the first two years.[7]


ACP was awarded candidate status accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in June 2007. Such status is granted to schools with students enrolled but have no graduates. ACP became eligible for full accreditation after the first class graduated in May 2008. The school applied for full accreditation in January 2009, but was unsuccessful. Instead, ACPE extended ACP's candidate status until June 2010. It will then have to reapply for full accreditation.[8][9 ]

The college is also seeking accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), but until this is complete students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.[7]


The campus, located in Oakwood, Virginia, opened in the fall of 2006 to the second class of students enrolled at ACP. The site was formerly Garden High School, a Civilian Conservation Corps project of 1940, and it features a large lecture hall, a library, laboratories, offices, and a boardroom. The building has 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of space.[10]

The former secondary campus, known as the Slate Creek Campus, was located four miles (6 km) east of Grundy, Virginia. This facility opened in 2005 to the inaugural class as their primary facility for study, and was consolidated into the Oakwood Campus in June 2009.

In January 2008, construction of additional facilities began at the Garden Campus to consolidate the college onto one campus.[7]

Student Life

Pharmacists in Community Service (PICS) Program

Each student is required to serve fifty (50) hours of community service per year as a requirement for graduation. Programs fulfilling this requirement are run by community based organizations that work in collaboration with ACP in order to educate local citizens on health issues and work with local leaders studying health problems.[11]

Student Organizations

ACP has eight student organizations:[12]


  1. ^ a b "About ACP". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  
  2. ^ "Educational Philosophy". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2007-05-11.  
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Edgar R. "School of Pharmacy Newly Opened in Southwest". Virginia Capitol Connections Quarterly Magazine. Fall 2005.
  4. ^ "2008 Commencement". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2009-01-05.  
  5. ^ "University of Appalachia Changes Name to Appalachian College of Pharmacy". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2009-03-09.  
  6. ^ "Colleges bring coal country a fresh mine of resources". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2007-04-03.  
  7. ^ a b c "Course Catalog". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2009-01-05.  
  8. ^ "ACPE Report of Proceedings". Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Retrieved 2009-02-18.  
  9. ^ "Accreditation/Certification". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2007-03-09.  
  10. ^ "Facilities". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2009-01-05.  
  11. ^ "PICS Program". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2007-04-01.  
  12. ^ "ACP Student Organizations". Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Retrieved 2009-01-05.  

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