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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, test 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 3.5 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. 

Applications are made through PharmCAS.


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.

Fall 2020 Open House TBA
Spring 2021 Open House TBA

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in suite 201 of the Swaid Center for Health Sciences building (805 E. Park Street, Searcy, AR  72149) 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

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration (suite 201 of the Swaid Center for Health Sciences building)

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Light breakfast served

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome from Dean Mercer

9:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Career Opportunities for Pharmacists

9:25 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Graduate Financial Aid

9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. MBA Program

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Faculty sessions with students

11:50 a.m. Closing remarks

12:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Session (Optional)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Campus tour (available upon request)

2:00 p.m. – Additional time with Financial Aid (available upon request)

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

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Campus Recruitment Schedule

If you are a member of a pre-pharmacy or pre-health professions club that would like to host a Harding College of Pharmacy presentation for your group, please send a request and we will make plans to visit your school!

Georgetown University and George Mason University
Tuesday, February 16th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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.

It is preferred that applicants to Harding University College of Pharmacy take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). The last acceptable testing window for regular admission is February 2020. The PCAT requirement may be waived if a student earns a composite score of 26 or higher on the ACT (1240 total on SAT), and the student has achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.   

In accordance with PharmCAS procedures, applicants must request that PCAT scores be sent directly to PharmCAS (school code 104). 

The Admissions Committee reserves the right of final decision with regard to establishing minimum standards for PCAT score thresholds for consideration of interview.    

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.

Application Process

Application Procedures

  1. All applicants are required to submit the PharmCAS application via the PharmCAS website: Students should submit the PharmCAS application, application fee, and have official transcripts from each university attended sent to PharmCAS.
  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 a student’s application.
  3. All application materials must be completed and postmarked by the application deadline to be considered for interviews.
  4. Timeline/Deadlines
    • July 14, 2020 - PharmCAS Application Cycle Opens
    • September 1, 2020 - Early Decision Deadline
    • March 1, 2021 - Application Deadline 
  5. The PCAT is optional. Please consult the PCAT website ( for PCAT exam information including test dates. The PCAT exam must be taken by February 2021 to be considered for fall 2020 admissions. In accordance with PharmCAS procedures, applicants must request that PCAT scores be sent directly to PharmCAS (school code 104). The Admissions Committee reserves the right of final decision with regard to establishing minimum standards for PCAT score thresholds for consideration of interview.
  6. Rolling Admissions: Personal interviews for the next entering class will begin in September. Throughout the duration of the interview process, qualified applicants are accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program on a continual basis until the class is full.
  7. 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.

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
915 E. Market Avenue, 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, 190 S. LaSalle Street Suite 2850, Chicago, IL  60603; 312-664-3575; fax: 312-664-4652; website:

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 changes for the 3.5 curriculum are being finalized for the 2021-2022 school year. (as of 11/12/2020)

Anticipated costs of attendance for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:

  • P1 - P3 years
    • Fall $18,448 
    • Spring $18,448
    • Summer - no cost
  • P4 year - tuition costs are divided per term as follows
    • Summer $7,380 
    • Fall $14,758
    • Spring $14,758
  • Books: $600 - $1,000 per semester
  • Travel to practice experience sites: approximately $200 per semester P1 - P3 years; approximately $500 per practice experience during P4 year
  • University Technology Fee $250/semester 
  • Professional Academic Enrichment Fee $1,000/semester
  • Graduation Fee: $315 (includes purchase of cap, gown, and hood)
  • 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 (e.g., criminal background check and/or drug screening); all of these are approximate costs and are subject to change.

Note: 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.

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

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. 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.


The Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship program supports a core belief of Pharmacists Mutual that independent community pharmacies and pharmacy services in undeserved communities are critically important to the nation's healthcare system and to the pharmacy profession. 

The NCPA Foundation recognizes students with demonstrated leadership qualities, academic achievement, and an interest in pharmacy management through scholarships. All NCPA student members are eligible to apply. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of its Scholarship Program. Student members of NCPA are eligible to apply. The student must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. school/college of pharmacy on a full-time basis.  Please visit for more information.

AfterCollege hosts a scholarship fund specifically for students seeking a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. We award one (1) $500 scholarship every quarter (four per year). If you are interested in more information or applying, please click on the link below to view prior winners, eligibility requirements and to download the application.

Partners in Pharmacy (PIP) will be offering student scholarships this year. Student members of NCPA are eligible to apply. The student must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. school/college of pharmacy on a full-time basis. Partners in Pharmacy is the former WONARD or the Women's Organization of the National Association of Retail Druggists, which was founded in 1905 during the 7th NARD Annual Convention. (NARD, the National Association of Retail Druggists, formed in 1898 was renamed NCPA, the National Association of Community Pharmacists in 1998.) Partners in Pharmacy is now an auxiliary organization that supports NCPA and the NCPA Foundation. Since 1915, Partners in Pharmacy has been offering annual scholarships to pharmacy students pursuing a career in pharmacy. This scholarship program has touched hundreds of pharmacy students. The scholarships recognize pharmacy students for their exemplary academic performance, community service, and a demonstrated commitment to independent pharmacy. Please visit for more information.

The goal of the NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Program is to support the development of future leaders in community pharmacy and to recognize pharmacy students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in community pharmacy.  To apply, students can visit

Tylenol Scholarship Program As a company dedicated to helping people feel better, we're proud to support the future of healthcare with our annual TYLENOL® Scholarship program. The program helps students who are pursuing careers in the healthcare, life sciences, or related fields manage the rising costs of education. Scholarships awarded to students pursuing healthcare-related education at an accredited institution. 

Rite Aid offers scholarship opportunities available through schools of pharmacy and professional pharmacy organizations such as the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). If you want to find out more about the NACDS and NPHA Foundation/Rite Aid scholarship application process check their web sites at

APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program The APhA Foundation, together with the APhA Auxiliary, is celebrating ten years since the establishment of the APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program recognizes students who choose to invest their time in their school's APhA - ASP chapter to help shape the future of the profession while managing the demands of a full-time pharmacy curriculum.

The APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program recognizes full-time pharmacy students who help shape the future of their profession by maintaining active involvement in their school's APhA-ASP Chapter. This year, in addition to the nine annual scholarship awards, a tenth scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student leader in honor of Dr. John A. Gans, former APhA Executive Vice President and CEO.  Each of the ten scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.  Within this program are named scholarships that acknowledge gifts made to the fund by individuals or groups.  

Some chain pharmacies have scholarships for pharmacy students. They may stipulate something like this: you work for them part-time while in school, full-time in summers, and for a specified number of years after graduation. It's often a good deal. Contact the pharmacies directly for these scholarship opportunities. 

Other Pharmacy Scholarship Resources


Admissions Staff

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

Jeanie Smith

Jeanie Smith
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
Associate Professor
Pharm.D., Southwestern Oklahoma State University; Community Pharmacy Residency, Marcrom's Pharmacy/University of Tennessee


Kyle Raney

Kyle Raney
Pharmacy Recruiter
B.A., Harding University


Pam Celsor

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


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