College of Pharmacy
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your accreditation status?

Harding University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

What is the on-time graduation rate for the most recent graduating class?

The Harding University College of Pharmacy offers a traditional, four academic year professional doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree pathway. The following table provides a summary of on-time graduation rates for the last three graduating classes:

Class of:% On-Time Graduation*% Cohort Graduating
2014

89 (57/64)

95 (61/64)

2015

76 (42/55)

85 (47/55)§

2016

90 (57/63)

92 (59/63)+

% on-time graduation = # of graduates/# admitted X 100; §two students still progressing; +three students still progressing

What are the most recent year's NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) results for the first-time takers?

Fifty-two Harding alumni took the NAPLEX for the first time during 2016.  The first-time pass rate for these individuals was 81%.  The average first-time pass rate for Harding graduates from 2012 to 2015 was 92%. The NAPLEX pass rates for the past 3 years are reported on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website.

What are some measures of student achievement for the most recent graduating class?

In 2016, the average reported salary for a graduating pharmacy student from Harding University College of Pharmacy (excluding residency positions) was $121,533 (n=34).  Based on a survey of the 2016 graduates (n=62), 84% were offered a pharmacist position prior to graduation, and 90% believed the position opportunities available were fair to excellent.  Of those who had accepted a position, 65% were in the community setting and 16% received a sign-on bonus (average $20,000).  Seventeen percent of the class of 2016 entered post-doctoral residency programs upon graduation with five remaining in Arkansas and the other four going to programs in Missouri, Ohio, and Texas.  One student from the class of 2015 entered a second year (PDY2) specialty ambulatory care residency.

When was the first class admitted?

The inaugural class was seated in the fall of 2008.

What degree is offered?

The College offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its single professional degree.

How long is the Pharm.D. program?

The Pharm.D. program is a four-year professional program after students have completed approximately three years of preprofessional courses.

Where can I complete my preprofessional courses?

Students may complete their preprofessional course requirements at Harding University or at any U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Be sure to review the HUCOP admissions information Web page for the list of required preprofessional courses. If you have any questions about the equivalency of any prepharmacy course to those required by the College, please contact the College via e-mail at pharmacy@harding.edu.

What is the tuition for pharmacy students?

The tuition for 2016-17 is $37,228. Other program costs include books, insurance, purchase of a laptop computer, travel to practice sites, room, and board. Book costs are estimated to be $600 - $1000 per semester years P1 – P3.

Will I be required to find my own clinical sites or will the College locate these for me?

No student is required to find his or her own clinical sites. However, if a student knows of clinical sites near his or her home, there is a process in place to petition the Associate Dean for Experiential Education for site verification and approval. The student should begin the petition process well in advance of the anticipated practice experience in order to allow ample time for appropriate site investigation and preceptor training. Not all potential sites identified by students will be deemed acceptable by the Associate Dean for Experiential Education and approval is at the discretion of the Dean.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences?

The Pharm.D. curriculum includes clinical experiences in all four professional years (P1 – P4). The early, or introductory, pharmacy practice experiences are located within a 1-hour driving radius of the HUCOP campus in Searcy, Arkansas. The advanced pharmacy practice experiences comprising the fourth professional year may require relocation of the student to sites outside the Searcy area. Students may also petition the Associate Dean for Experiential Education to complete selected experiences at other locations outside the HUCOP network of affiliated clinical sites. Additionally, students will have opportunities to participate in international mission-related clinical experiences.

Is there University housing available for pharmacy students?

Yes, students have access to Harding University housing facilities.

Will I be required to interview at the College before I will be considered for admission?

Yes, the College requires an on-site interview prior to admission to the Pharm.D. program. All expenses related to travel for the interview are the student’s responsibility, although low-cost accommodations may be available on campus.

What other health science programs does Harding University offer?

The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and, as of fall 2015, a graduate program for nurses seeking various tracks to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

The College of Allied Health offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders-Clinical (Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology), a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders-Non-Clinical, a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS), and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

What is the class size in the College of Pharmacy?

The College enrolls 60 students per year for an average total enrollment of 240 P1-P4 students in the College.

Contact Us

exp.pharmacy@Harding.edu

Location: Farrar Center for Health Sciences