Pharmacy (PharmD)

**We do not have a pharmacy school at Appalachian State. This page is for informational purposes to support health profession exploration.

Degree Type

Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD)


Pharmacists are medication experts who enhance patient care and promote wellness.  You will use your professional knowledge as a pharmacist to prepare and dispense prescriptions, ensure medicines and doses are correct, prevent harmful drug interactions, and counsel patients on the safe and appropriate use of their medications. Pharmacists use their medication expertise to treat patients, collaborate with other health care professionals, promote population health, and manage pharmacy systems (source).

Typical Majors

  • Biology BS (Cell and Molecular) or BA
  • Chemistry BS (Biochemistry) 
  • Exercise Science BS 
  • Psychology BS (Natural Science or Health Studies)

You can learn about specific degree requirements from the University Bulletin.  

Clinical Exposure

Most Pharmacy schools prefer to have a letter of evaluation for a licensed pharmacist for admission. So, clinical exposure in pharmacy settings is necessary. Often, pre-pharmacy students work as pharmacy technicians during school to gain exposure.

Test Type

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) - discontinued after January 2024

National Links

NC Programs

*Please note that the Appalachian College of Pharmacy is not associated with Appalachian State University.  It is an independent, private school located in Oakwood, VA.  


Pharmacy Program Comparison Sheet