College of Pharmacy


Admissions requirements and standards are designed to ensure scholastic success in the professional Pharm.D. program. Selecting a candidate for the future practice of pharmacy involves many important factors, including academic background, PCAT scores, letters of reference and pharmacy experience. A qualified applicant will be invited to visit the College of Pharmacy for a required personal interview. Because admission information is updated regularly, applicants should verify current requirements on the College of Pharmacy website. The most current admission information will always be posted at this site.

Admission to the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program requires completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours of preprofessional education at an accredited college or university. This typically takes two years of preprofessional study. Application can be made after the completion of 30 semester hours of college coursework.  Federal financial aid eligibility for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program begins when a student has earned a minimum of 72 semester hours of combined preprofessional and graduate coursework.

Open House

Our open house gives you the opportunity to learn more about Harding's Pharm.D. curriculum, review the admissions process, and have one-on-one conversations with current students and faculty members.

October 20, 2017 \ February 2, 2018


Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. on the 1st floor of the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences building with introductions beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m.  The informational portion of the open house will end around 12:00 p.m., and the optional activities will begin at 1:00 p.m.  A tentative schedule is listed below.


Morning Session

9:00 a.m. – Introduction & welcome/Opportunities for pharmacists

9:30 a.m. – Dual Pharm.D./MBA Opportunity

9:50 a.m. – Small group discussions with various faculty

11:45 a.m. – Closing remarks/Question & answer session

12:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon (Optional) Session

1:00 p.m. – Campus tour

1:30 p.m. – Meet with financial aid

**Please reply by email to if you are interested in participating in any of the optional, afternoon activities.

Campus Recruitment Schedule

  • February 6, 2018
    Texas Tech
    Health Careers Fair
  • February 7, 2018
    Lubbock Christian University 
    Ling Science Center Meet & Greet 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • February 14, 2018
    SAU Magnolia
    Meet & Greet 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • February 20, 2018
    University of West Florida
    Meet & Greet 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  •  February 21, 2018
    Florida A & M
    Allied Health Professions Fair
  • February 27, 2018
    Texas A & M
    Health Professions Fair 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
  • February 28, 2018
    University of Texas at Austin
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • March 6, 2018
    University of Missouri Columbia

  • March 7, 2018
    Southeast Missouri State
    Meet & Greet 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (location TBA)
  • March 8, 2018
    Three Rivers College 
    Meet & Greet 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • March 21, 2018
    Florida Atlantic
    Health Professions Fair
  • April 17, 2018
    University of California at Irvine
    3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
  • April 18, 2018
    University of California at San Diego
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • April 19, 2018
    University of California at Riverside 
    11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
  • April 26, 2018
    University of Louisiana at Monroe
    Pre-Pharmacy Club Meeting
Faculty members from Harding University College of Pharmacy will be visiting colleges and universities throughout the United States in order to meet students who may be interested in a career in pharmacy.  If you would like to schedule an appointment for someone to visit your school, please call 501-279-5528, or email  We look forward to meeting you!

The minimum specific pre-pharmacy course requirements

Semester Hours
General Chemistry with lab
Organic Chemistry with lab
Microbiology with lab
Biological Sciences
(choose from:  Biology I, Biology II, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology; other biology for majors courses may be considered)
Calculus I4
Non-Science Requirements:
Economics (Macroeconomics preferred) or Accounting
English composition (courses must be writing intensive)
Psychology or Sociology 
Speech/Public Speaking
  • Applicants should possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (preferred) on a 4.0 scale on all previous college work; grades for all undergraduate coursework attempted are included in the calculation of the overall undergraduate GPA which is the primary GPA used in the admissions process
  • Grades below C cannot be accepted for any math or science course
  • No more than 6 hours of CLEP or credit by examination will be accepted to meet the pre-pharmacy requirements; such credit must be listed on the official transcript
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credit may be used to satisfy prerequisite coursework provided that the AP credit is accepted by the applicant's institution and is posted on the applicant's official academic transcript
  • All science courses must be majors courses; non-majors courses will not fulfill the requirements
  • The speech requirement should be fulfilled with a public speaking course
  • The economics requirement must be fulfilled with either a microeconomics, macroeconomics or accounting
  • No credit toward the 64 semester hour requirement will be accepted for military science or physical education courses
  • The calculus requirement may not be fulfilled with a business calculus course
  • All pre-pharmacy course requirements must be satisfied prior to matriculation
  • Students must have a minimum of 72 semester hours of undergraduate coursework completed prior to enrollment to be eligible for consideration for graduate or professional level Federal Student Loan assistance.

Applicants are required to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and must have their scores sent to PharmCAS (code 104). In addition to PCAT scores, applicants must submit three letters of reference that focus on the applicant's academic and professional abilities. Having at least one reference from a pharmacist is highly recommended. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended should also be sent to PharmCAS. The competitive grade point average and PCAT score required in order to qualify for a personal interview will be determined by the overall strength of the applicant pool.

Prospective pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to obtain work experience in a pharmacy setting. An example of appropriate experience is as a pharmacy technician in either a hospital or community pharmacy.

Personal interviews for the next entering class will begin in September. Throughout the duration of the interview process, applicants are accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program on a continual basis until the class is full.

Requirements following Admission

Proficiency in basic computer skills (word-processing, databases, Internet searches, e-mail) is expected of all entering students, as the curriculum will incorporate the use of computer technology. Additionally, all students in the program will be expected to have access to the Internet. Students are required to have their own laptop computer upon entry into the program.All students will be expected to purchase or have the required medical equipment needed to meet program requirements. This will include acquiring an approved lab coat with a school issued patch.

Each student must carry professional liability insurance coverage, which is included in tuition.

Portions of the curriculum require travel to various locations. Clinical experiences entail travel to clinical sites. Students must provide their own transportation to experiential sites and classroom activities. It is therefore required that all pharmacy students have a means of transportation. This includes a valid driver's license and current auto liability insurance if transportation is to be provided through a personal vehicle. Doctor of Pharmacy students are responsible for all costs associated with travel and off campus clinical experiences. Transportation and food are the most common out-of pocket expenses. Some sites will require additional living arrangements to be made, which will be the student's responsibility.

To obtain an Arkansas pharmacy intern license, students are required to authorize and submit to a criminal background check with fingerprinting, including sex offenses and crimes against minors. An Arkansas pharmacy intern license is required for participation in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Inability to obtain an Arkansas pharmacy intern license would be cause for dismissal from the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Some students may also be expected to submit to random drug testing required by clinical practice sites. These additional costs are the students' responsibility. Non-compliance with the criminal background checks and/or drug testing policies may be cause for dismissal from the program. Criminal background checks and drug screens are common pre-employment procedures.

Health Policies

Applicants selected for admission to the program must provide evidence of good health, no communicable diseases, and required immunizations and screenings prior to matriculation. Forms are available to those accepted into the program.

Immunizations and screening tests required are as follows:

  1. Hepatitis B series and titer (this can take up to 7 months to complete).
  2. Two MMRs or positive measles, mumps, and rubella titer.
  3. Tetanus/diphtheria (DPT, DTaP, or Td) primary series and Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) booster; booster must be kept up-to-date through completion of the fourth professional year.
  4. Evidence of varicella immunity is required by written documentation of one of the following: two doses of varicella vaccine given at least 28 days apart, or laboratory confirmation of immunity (titer).
  5. Results of a PPD tuberculin skin test (measurements must be in millimeters), a QuantiFERON Gold test, or a chest X-ray performed within three months prior to matriculation and must be repeated annually while enrolled.
  6. Influenza vaccine is required but will be administered by the College during the fall semester.
Additionally, all pharmacy students are required to maintain health insurance and CPR certification.  A copy of the front and back of the health insurance card should be submitted to myRecordTracker prior to admission and annually while in the program. 

Program Costs

Tuition and fees are subject to change based on the recommendation and approval of the Board of Trustees. Any new tuition and fee schedule is effective at the beginning of the fall term.

Other anticipated costs include the following:

  • Tuition: $38,530 per year
  • Tuition deposits: $200 within 14 days of notification of acceptance; additional $300 on March 1, and $300 on May 1; all deposits are non-refundable but are applied toward tuition upon matriculation
  • Books: $600 - $1000 per semester
  • Travel to practice experience sites: approximately $275 per semester P1 - P3 years; approximately $500 per practice experience during P4 year
  • Harding University technology/academic enrichment fee: $250/semester
  • Graduation fee: $300 (includes purchase of cap, gown, and hood)
  • Criminal background checks: approximately $65 per occurrence
  • Other student costs may include: laptop computer, room and board, health insurance, professional liability insurance, costs associated with clinical rotations such as food, lodging (if required) and any other requirements of the clinical site; all of these are approximate costs and are subject to change.

For specific financial aid information, contact the Student Financial Services Office at 501-279-4081.


Application Procedures

  1. All applicants are required to submit the PharmCAS application via the PharmCAS website: Students will need to go to this web site and complete the web application and submit PharmCAS application fees, send official transcripts from each university attended, and official PCAT scores.
  2. Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation; however, coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application without it negatively impacting your application.
  3. All application materials must be completed and postmarked by the application deadline to be considered for interviews.
    • July 18, 2017 - PharmCAS Application Cycle Opens
    • September 5, 2017 - Early Decision Deadline
    • March 1, 2018 - Application Deadline
    Please consult the PCAT website ( for PCAT exam information including test dates.  The PCAT exam must be taken before February 2018 to be considered for Fall 2018 admissions.

  4. Rolling Admissions: We will begin interviewing students in September and will admit students until the class is filled rather than receiving all applications and then making a final decision.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions if you have further questions.  Direct all materials and inquiries to:

Mailing Address:
Harding University
College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
Box 12230
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Phone: 501-279-5528
Fax: 501-279-5525

Application Review Process

You will receive confirmation of receipt of application materials via email approximately one week after submitting your materials.  If additional information is required, you will be notified and given adequate time to submit the required items.

International Applicant Requirements

  1. Submit all application materials as requested in the “Application Procedures” section.
  2. If English is not your native language you must send TOEFL scores. Harding University’s TOEFL code is 6267. The TOEFL is not required if an applicant completes a BA or BS degree within the United States.
  3. Submit documentation of financial ability to pay all expenses for the first year of study at Harding University College of Pharmacy, and demonstrate adequate coverage for health insurance in the United States.
  4. If currently in the United States, a copy of the student’s status with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (i.e. I-20, I-94, and F-1 or H-4Visa). International students MUST have a U.S. Social Security Number in order to apply for an Arkansas Intern License.
  5. Harding University’s College of Pharmacy will not accept or review foreign course work. Courses completed at a college or university outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or a similar organization. Credit will be given only for the number of hours as evaluated by WES or that is transferred to a U.S. accredited college or university.


Harding University's College of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 S. LaSalle St., Suite 4100, Chicago, IL  60603; 312-664-3575; fax: 312-664-4652; website:

Early Assurance Program


The Early Assurance Program (EAP) is intended to guarantee highly qualified students a position in the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program after the successful completion of prerequisite courses and maintenance of certain academic criteria at Harding University.

To be eligible for the College of Pharmacy’s Early Assurance Program current high school seniors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Apply for admission to Harding University as a freshman student
  2. Attain an ACT composite score of at least 26 or SAT total of 1240
  3. Apply for admission to the Early Assurance Program by emailing
  4. Complete a successful interview with the College of Pharmacy during a Harding University preview day or other visit to campus

Once admitted to the EAP a student must meet the following academic requirements in order to successfully matriculate into the Pharm.D. program:

  1. Complete all math and science prerequisites at Harding University* under the guidance of the pre-pharmacy advisor at Harding University.
  2. Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in all course work and a math/science grade point average of at least 3.00
  3. Begin the Pharm.D. program no later than three years after beginning pre-pharmacy course work
  4. Adhere to the Code of Conduct at Harding University
  5. Meet with a College of Pharmacy faculty mentor one time each semester
  6. Apply for Early Decision admission through PharmCAS by September 1, one year prior to admission to the College of Pharmacy
  7. Complete a successful interview for Early Decision to the PharmD program

Completion of these requirements:

  1. Guarantees a student admission to the Pharm.D. program if all pre-pharmacy requirements for early assurance are achieved. Students who do not achieve all requirements remain eligible to apply for admission to the Pharm.D. program at Harding University without guaranteed admission
  2. Qualifies the student for a $10,000 scholarship for the student’s first year. This scholarship is available for renewal during the P2 year by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in the P1 year, participating in one or more pharmacy professional organizations and adhering to the Code of Conduct at Harding University as well as the professionalism standards of the College of Pharmacy
  3. Waives the requirement for taking the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for students who apply and complete the acceptance process through the early assurance program

*  Advanced Placement (AP) credit(s) accepted by Harding University meet this requirement. Math and science prerequisites completed at other regionally accredited post-secondary institutions may be allowed but must have prior approval from the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Pharmacy.

Admissions Staff

Please let us know if we can assist you in any way!

Carol Jones

Carol Jones
Director of Admissions
B.A. and M.B.A., Harding University


Pam Celsor

Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs and Admissions
B.S., Harding University


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Location: Farrar Center for Health Sciences