University description (as per official university website)
Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is the only three-year doctor of pharmacy program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. That means our students graduate and enter the work force a year earlier than graduates of a traditional four-year program, and they do so with equivalent classroom hours, clinical training, professional degree and credentials.
A majority of our graduates are practicing pharmacy in the Appalachian Region - positively impacting health care in an underserved region.
At the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, our mission is to cultivate a learning community committed to education, community outreach and the professional development of pharmacists.
ACP is not accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. Until ACP is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) we will not qualify for Title IV federally-guaranteed financial aid, including federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans. ACP was granted candidate status by ACPE in June 2007 and is currently pursuing accreditation by SACS.
In the interim, ACP will work with banks and private lending institutions to attempt to secure affordable financial aid for qualified students. Students will need good personal credit ratings, loan guarantors, or collateral to meet most loan requirements. Students must receive a letter of admission from the Admissions Office before the Director of Financial Aid can begin the financial assistance process. Applications for scholarships will be forwarded to students once their $1,000 Seat Deposit fee is received.
ACP will also award a limited number scholarships to qualified students based on merit and financial need. Some local programs are available that are residency specific, including a war veteran revolving loan in the form of partial tuition waivers. The amounts of those waivers depend upon successful applicants pro-actively pursuing them, meeting qualification standards and the amount of such funds available. Some second and third year pharmacy students, especially those doing well in their performance, acquire pharmacy sponsorship loans from pharmacies and the pharmaceutical profession. We hold an annual career fair to help facilitate that process but again, there is no guarantee you will be offered such a sponsorship. The Appalachian College of Pharmacy Scholarship and Financial Aid Application PDF file must be submitted it to the Director of Academic Records and Admissions.