Physician Assistant Program

Developing caring physician assistants

The Physician Assistant Program is a 28-month graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies.

As the first PA program in the state of Arkansas, 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 411 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.

Alternate Information:

We are currently on Alternate #10.

US News & World Reports  Best Health Care Jobs lists PAs as #1. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics (September 2020) lists PAs as top 20 fast growing occupations

Interested in learning more about Harding's PA program?

Sign up HERE to attend a virtual information session! You will be sent information for attending after you have signed up.


Tuesday, August 10 @ 1pm-2pm (CDT)

Dates will be updated periodically.  If these dates do not work for you, please check back for additional dates.

This is such an exciting time for our students.

Class of 2020:
The Class of 2020 graduated in December 2020 on schedule! What a great blessing to have celebrated this with them. This class has been a part of history where the medical community has stepped up and faced challenges they never thought they would.  Our students took these challenges head-on and worked in their rotations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are very proud of them and their hard work, wishing them the best as they start new PA jobs!

Class of 2021:
The class of 2021 is working hard on clinical rotations! They embraced the changes that came with the COVID pandemic and learned many things that will be important as they step out into the healthcare world in January. We love to hear stories about their clinical experiences and about all the exciting things they continue to learn.

Class of 2022:
The class of 2022 has persevered and is working hard on their spring semester. We are thankful to be onsite and proud of these students for their positive attitudes in the face of the COVID pandemic changes. They are willing to help where needed and are encouraging to one another and the faculty and staff!



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 E. Park. GPS coordinates which should work with both Google maps and Mapquest are: 35.245067, -91.728389.  Google Maps will find us at Farrar Health Sciences Center, E Park Ave, Searcy AR.

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.

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.

PA Program Brochure PDF

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 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Access the Program's accreditation history on ARC-PA's webpage at Click on "documents" to view the full accreditation history.

Updated (9/20)

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4811

Mailing address:
Harding University
Physician Assistant Program
Box 12231
Searcy, AR 72149-5615