Carr College of Nursing
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#1 Ranked Nursing Program in AR  

For the fourth year in a row, the Harding Nursing program was ranked as the #1 Nursing program in Arkansas! Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. We analyzed past and present first time NCLEX-RN “pass-rates” - weighted by year. You can learn more about the methodology.

Welcome to Harding University's Carr College of Nursing. The nursing program, founded in 1975, holds a legacy of preparing quality nurses. Our graduates are in demand. They work not only in Arkansas, but throughout the United States and the world.

Our uniqueness will interest the person who likes a challenging and exciting profession and endless career opportunities. Among these unique features are:

  • Our mission-"Developing Nurses as Christian Servants."
  • A Christian heritage which permeates class and clinical instruction.
  • Close teacher-student relationships and mentoring.
  • A variety of clinical experiences including wellness and health promotion.
  • Admission tracks which meet different learner needs.
  • A Health Missions Program with local as well as international experiences.

For more information, see the contact info listed below. Let us know how we may serve you.

We hope that you will choose the Harding Experience for your nursing preparation.

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Our Mission

Mission and Philosophy

The Carr College of Nursing's mission statement is "Developing Nurses as Christian Servants."

The nursing program fosters a supportive environment which challenges professional and advanced practice nursing students to reach their full potential. The programs' purposes are to provide a quality professional education which leads to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals. This involves the following goals:

  1. The preparation of professional and advanced practice nurses who provide nursing care reflective of their faith and Christian service and who value lifelong intellectual growth.
  2. The encouragement of practice-oriented clinical judgment and clinical reasoning which acknowledges dependence on God and is built upon a liberal arts foundation and nursing science.
  3. The development of a commitment to Christian values, ethics, intellectual excellence and standards of professional and advanced nursing practice.
  4. The promotion of supportive personal and professional relationships.
  5. The promotion of lifelong health habits that contribute to a better quality of life physically, spiritually, psychologically and socially.
  6. The emphasis of a servant-leadership lifestyle which prepares graduates who have a respect for cultures and an understanding of world missions.

Faculty Openings

Faculty Openings

All candidates must be active members of the church of Christ and committed to Christian education.

Faculty Jobs are posted on Human Resources webpage.

For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Kehl, dean, at, Box 12265, Searcy, AR 72149 or 501-279-4941.

Alumni - Let us hear from you!

We would love to hear from our graduates! 

Please complete this form to let us know what you have done after graduation.

Undergraduate Program Outcomes

The Dean and Faculty measure undergraduate program outcomes in order to foster continual quality improvement. 

Selected program outcomes related to new graduate achievement include the first time pass rate on the national licensing exam, the program completion rate and the employment rate after graduation. The findings are presented below: 

NCLEX Pass Rate100%100%97.8%98.2%
BSN Completion Rate92.45%81.54%87.27%83.33%

BSN Job Rate at 9 months


Other program outcomes are related to student learning.  These student learning outcomes are measured in class and clinical activities. In the undergraduate program, student learning outcomes are summarized below:

Curriculum StrandCompetencies/Outcomes
Nursing ProcessUses the nursing process effectively as a basis for making evolving clinical judgments while intervening therapeutically with patients in various health states, and developmental levels to restore, maintain, and promote health and to prevent illness.
ResearchDemonstrates use of critical thinking in making clinical judgments and decisions relevant to patient and nursing problems in a variety of settings.
Critical ThinkingDemonstrate use of the critical thinking process in making clinical judgments and decisions relevant to nursing problems in a variety of settings. 
CommunicationTo facilitate clinical judgment, the student communicates and collaborates, and listens effectively with patients, peers, and health team members to ensure quality patient nursing care, and to foster supportive, personal, and professional growth.
LeadershipFunctions appropriately in leader and follower roles when using clinical judgment to prove safe, organized, and holistic nursing care, being a change agent, and serving as a patient advocate.
Teaching/LearningDemonstrates clinical judgment through the use of teaching/learning principles to provide patients in various health states with the knowledge and skills necessary for health living: physically, spiritually, psychologically, and socially.
Christian PrinciplesDemonstrates commitment to Christian principles, professional ethics and standards of practice and is accountable for using clinical judgment in nursing practice and professional growth.
Global PerspectiveUsing clinical judgment and global perspective to provide nursing care including cultural consideration, servant-leadership, and principles of resource conservation and stewardship.

A summary report of all program outcomes including student learning outcomes can be obtained by contacting Dr. Susan Kehl, Dean of Nursing at

Lessons for a Lifetime

  • In all aspects, they are developing nurses as Christian servants, and I really love it.

    Kayla Rogers,
    College of Nursing

    Kayla's Story
  • The teachers are good about meeting with students and having open office doors to come and talk to them,

    Wesley Bland,
    College of Nursing

    Wesley's Story

Contact Us

Graduate Nursing Programs


Fax: 501-279-4669

Mailing address:
Harding University
Carr College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149-5615