Asheville campus. UNC-Asheville. Asheville, NC.As part of our mission to serve the health-care needs of people all across North Carolina, we have expanded our outstanding doctor of pharmacy program to the western part of the state. Our PharmD program is now offered in Chapel Hill and in Asheville.

PharmD applicants will be asked to note their campus preference on the School’s supplemental application. The curriculum and the requirements for admission and progression are the same at both campuses. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a doctor of pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

We use innovative videoconferencing technology to deliver real-time, interactive classroom instruction from faculty at Chapel Hill to students at Asheville so that all of our students receive the same educational experience. Students at Asheville also receive assistance from dedicated faculty based at their campus, and they have a variety of opportunities to work with faculty and advisers at Chapel Hill.

Students remain at their campus for their first three years in the PharmD program and then spend their fourth year at a number of practice sites designed to translate the knowledge they acquired in the classroom into clinical application.

All students pay the same total tuition and fees. Chapel Hill- and Asheville-based students pay all of their tuition and fees to UNC-Chapel Hill. Students receive financial aid (when eligible) from UNC-Chapel Hill.

OLD-WELLLocated in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina, Chapel Hill forms one corner of the famed Research Triangle, which is perennially named one of the best places to live in the United States and offers a rich blend of culture, entertainment, recreation, and fine dining, not to mention some of the best college basketball action in the country.

At the heart of the town often called “The Southern Part of Heaven” lies the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which boasts a tradition going back more than two hundred years, recognitions as one of the finest public universities in the country, one of the best research library systems in North America, a vibrant nightlife, and one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses.

Beard Hall.The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy occupies four buildings on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. We have called Beard Hall home since 1959 and gave it a face-lift for the new millennium with a $6 million renovation completed in 2005. In 2002, the 65,000-square-foot Kerr Hall opened next door, doubling our facilities. In 2008 we added 75,000 square feet of research space with the opening of the Genetic Medicine Building, which we share with the UNC School of Medicine.

In 2014 Marisco Hall, one of the largest buildings built on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, became home to basic and translational research across several disciplines. Pharmacy researchers with labs in Marsico Hall include members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery and the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery. Our facilities provide the state-of-the-art environment we need to give our students a top-quality education, and our proximity to other schools of health on campus spurs opportunities for collaborations that enrich our students’ experience at Carolina.

For additional information about the Chapel Hill site, please contact pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu. To visit the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at Chapel Hill, find out about our Open House and Pharmacy Friday events.

Some links to check out:
Virtual tour of the Chapel Hill campus
Guide to downtown Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
Visitors guide from the town of Chapel Hill
Information for visitors to UNC-Chapel Hill

In 2010, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy partnered with the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Mission Health, MAHEC, the city of Asheville, and Buncombe County to expand the School’s doctor of pharmacy program into the western region of North Carolina  in an effort to address the pharmacist shortage that exists in parts of western North Carolina. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville campus nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina is committed to being the premiere pharmacy satellite program in the nation by combining state of the art technology with innovative practice and academic excellence in order to improve the health of our region, our state, and our world.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville campus graduated its first class in the spring of 2015, and approximately 25 students comprise each class. Students at our satellite program are based at UNC Asheville and receive classroom instructions from faculty at the Chapel Hill site via interactive, real-time video-teleconferencing technology, as well as faculty based at Asheville. Upon completing all degree requirements, the students graduate with a doctor of pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Read about our first graduating class in UNC Asheville’s student-run newspaper, The Blue Banner.

What makes the Asheville Campus special?

  • We offer a small campus that is close to downtown and close to the mountains. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina in Asheville. The campus is conveniently located on the campus of UNC Asheville, which is close to the vibrant arts, music and restaurant scene of bohemian downtown Asheville, as well as the mountain biking of Bent Creek, Appalachian Trail hiking, Dupont Forest waterfalls and skiing at one of the area’s many ski resorts. Asheville students enjoy small class sizes of approximately 25 students, creating an intimate environment that fosters the development of strong mentoring relationships with faculty, and lifelong relationships with classmates.
  • We offer a specialized certificate in rural pharmacy health. Students at Asheville can choose to apply for the Rural Pharmacy Health Certificate program at the end of the PY1 year. This three year scholars program is the only certificate program in rural pharmacy health in the nation, and it prepares student pharmacists for unique professional careers in rural communities. Highlights of the Rural Pharmacy Health program include small group seminar courses that focus on the caring for the underserved and understanding the different health care needs of culturally unique populations; learning with other professional students in rural clinics; and improving the population health of a rural community.
  • We are committed to innovation in education and practice.  Our faculty practice in innovative, interprofessional practice environments including patient centered medical homes and an accountable care organization. Our students learn about comprehensive medication management in settings that have been recognized as models for the nation. Asheville is home of the Asheville Project, an award winning, internationally recognized model for providing disease management for patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. Every student pharmacist in the nation learns about the city of Asheville due to the renowned successes of the Asheville Project. Instead of simply hearing about Asheville in a course in pharmacy school, why not receive an exceptional education at the number-one pharmacy school in the nation in the city known for changing pharmacy practice?

“Consider the work of the healthcare team at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C. Pharmacists there manage specialty clinics in anticoagulation, osteoporosis, and care transitions. Multidisciplinary teams collaborate, and pharmacists expertly manage drug selection, titration, and monitoring. Interdisciplinary care and optimal patient outcomes are the drivers for everything this team does.”

-John Armistead, ASHP President

We are small; we are rural; we are innovative. We are Asheville.

For additional information about the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy PharmD program at Asheville, please contact pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu. To visit the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at Asheville, find out about our Open House and Pharmacy Friday events.

Mailing Address:
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Asheville Campus
1 University Heights, CPO #2125
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
T. 828-250-3900 F. 828-250-3842

Some links to check out:
Visitors guide to Asheville
Patient Centered Medical Home
Explore Asheville.com
Asheville, North Carolina Mountains Guide 2015
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Frommer’s Best Places to Go in 2015
Directions and parking