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Physician Assistant Program 

Physician Assistant Program

Welcome to the information site for the Physician Assistant Program. This is a 28-month graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies.

This is the first PA program in the state of Arkansas. At Harding we are very excited about the potential impact of this program on the local community, the people of Arkansas, and worldwide mission fields.

The Harding University Physician Assistant Program has had 235 graduates since our inception in 2005. Program graduates are practicing throughout Arkansas and at least 15 other states in a variety of settings which include Primary Care, Urgent and Emergent Care, Orthopedic, Dermatology, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology, Rheumatology, Surgery specialties, Mental Health, Urology, and Pediatrics.

Forbes has listed the PA profession and one of the top ten most promising jobs of 2015!

This is such an exciting time for our students.

  • Class of 2014: Thirty-four PA students graduated in December with a special hooding ceremony celebrated with family and friends followed by commencement. They have now scattered to their new homes to impact many new lives. PANCE results are beginning to post and are looking good so far. We expect great things from this class as they practice in areas from primary care, mental health, ENT to touching lives dealing with heart transplants. 
  • Class of 2015: After a short Christmas break these students are back on their clinical rotations. Working with providers throughout the state of AR to provide care to hundreds of patients during this high time of illness and learning from some of the best teachers in the state. 
  • Class of 2016: These students had an extra long break this year so I'm sure they are excited (well maybe) to be back together and begin their spring studies. We have a full semester planned for them in preparation to become some of the best PA providers possible - knowing that will take total commitment on their part, but that is the type of students they are!


CASPA opens April 22.  

This will combine information about our program and the application process.  More details to come. 

On October 24th, 2008 the Center for Health Sciences was officially dedicated during Homecoming activities. Our official building name is Henry & Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences.

We are located at the corner of Dr. Jimmy Carr Dr (Remington) and Park. GPS coordinates which should work with both Google maps and Mapquest are: 35.245067, -91.728389

Please stop by to visit if you are in the area.  Take a look at our map for more details and driving instructions.

All classroom based instruction is provided on the Harding main campus located in Searcy. There is no distance learning option available.

Our program brochure pdf

Mailing address:
Harding Physician Assistant Program
915 E Market
HU 12231
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


In the unlikely event of loss of accreditation and/or closure of a program, the University is committed to teaching out all currently matriculated students, including those in the PA Program. This may involve allowing them to complete their education at Harding University or assisting them in enrolling in an accredited program in which they can continue their education.

Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Harding University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Harding University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Updated (9/14)

Physician Assistant Program
Box 12231
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Phone: 501-279-5642
Fax: 501-279-4811

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