About Appalachian College of Pharmacy
The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and is the only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Therefore, our students graduate and enter the workforce one year earlier than graduates from a traditional four-year program and they do so with equivalent classroom hours and clinical training. Our students save one year of tuition and related expenses while earning income one year sooner, providing substantial monetary savings and a quality pharmacy education. The Appalachian College of Pharmacy’s mission is to cultivate a learning community committed to education, community outreach, and the professional development of pharmacists. A majority of our graduates are practicing pharmacy in the Appalachian Region – positively impacting health care in an underserved region. 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 underserved communities in Appalachia as well as throughout the world. The College was founded in August 2003 at 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 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 underserved 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 healthcare environment. The College will collaborate with stakeholders to develop centers of excellence to address identified needs in rural health.
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 underserved 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.
Appalachian College of Pharmacy is Accredited by the three following institutions:
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education The Appalachian College of Pharmacy has been granted full accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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 the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the status of Appalachian College of Pharmacy. 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 approved the formal use of the name “Appalachian College of Pharmacy,” as well as ACP’s right to confer the doctor of pharmacy degree.