Appalachian College of Pharmacy, UVA-Wise Sign Dual Degree Agreement

Leaders of two of the region’s colleges signed a dual degree agreement on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, which will enable qualified students to simultaneously earn a bachelor’s degree at one school while earning a doctor of pharmacy degree at the other, shaving two years off the traditional higher education/graduate school path leading to both degrees.

The dual degree agreement between the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) in Oakwood, Va., will allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years and then complete a doctor of pharmacy degree in three additional years.  ACP offers the only three-year accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Commonwealth.

“This is an agreement between, in my mind, one of America’s finest schools where you can go and apply yourself and receive a first-class, high-quality college education at an affordable cost, and then you can come to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and receive a first-class, high-quality education in pharmacy at an affordable cost,” ACP President Mickey McGlothlin said at the signing ceremony held on the campus of UVa-Wise.

McGlothlin, who served for 25 years as a member of the UVa-Wise College Board, said finishing the program two years earlier than on a traditional route is a substantial costs savings, which provides qualified students with savings in terms of the cost of education and additionally, more time to earn a paycheck in a pharmacy career.

UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry said the collaboration potential between the faculties of both colleges is another “add on” that could benefit both institutions and students. UVa-Wise would recruit more students to earn a bachelor’s degree and doctorate of pharmacy in what is essentially a six-year program.

“It’s always amazing to me the work done right here in Southwest Virginia to support higher education,” Henry said.

McGlothlin expressed ACP’s appreciation to UVA-Wise Professor Mike Shell and Department Chair Margie Tucker for their work with Mayhew and ACP Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Marcy Hernick in developing the accelerated pathway to the dual degree program announced Monday. He also expressed his appreciation to UVA-Wise for coordinating the program announcement.

“I want to thank ACP Dean Mayhew for her unwavering support for students from Southwest Virginia and for her strong support of students from UVa-Wise,” Henry said. “Her work with our UVa-Wise team kept the dual degree agreement moving forward. The program will lead to more degrees in our area of the Commonwealth and that is something we can all look forward to in the near future.”

Under the agreement, both institutions will appoint a program supervisor to monitor, manage and advise students who participate in the dual degree program. At the beginning of the program, which will start in the first semester of the 2019-2020 UVa-Wise academic year, ACP will admit up to 20 students pursuing an accelerated program leading to the BA in natural sciences with a biochemistry concentration and a doctor of pharmacy from ACP.  It will require approximately three years of attendance at UVa-Wise followed by a minimum of three academic years attendance at ACP. If more than 20 students from UVa-Wise are qualified, the students chosen to attend ACP will be selected on a competitive basis.  Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to participate in both colleges’ commencement ceremonies.

About Appalachian College of Pharmacy

 The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is the only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 2003, the college accepted its first students in 2005. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Its mission is to cultivate a learning community committed to education, community outreach and the professional development of pharmacists. Its graduate pharmacists are now practicing throughout the United States.


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the lush mountains of Southwest Virginia. As a COPLAC member institution, UVa-Wise is nationally accredited and has been nationally-ranked among top public liberal art colleges in the U.S. Our students choose from 30 majors, 32 minors, seven pre-professional programs and 24 teaching licensures. We are home to Virginia’s only undergraduate degree program in software engineering.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a public liberal arts institution, provides students with learning experiences that offer opportunities to develop the insight, competence, sensitivity, and integrity necessary for living enriched lives and for enriching the lives of others. Established in 1954 as a division of the University of Virginia, it is guided by the values of citizenship and altruism. Proud of its Appalachian heritage, the College continues to honor its commitment of service to Southwest Virginia, the nation, and the world. The College is guided by a legacy of teaching and scholarly excellence and by a dedication to quality in both the arts and sciences and professional programs.


A dual degree agreement between the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise was signed Monday. From left at the signing ceremony are, Mike Shell, UVA-Wise professor; Sandy Huguenin, UVA-Wise provost; Donna Henry, UVA-Wise chancellor; Mickey McGlothlin, ACP president; and Susan Mayhew, ACP dean.