College of Pharmacy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your accreditation status?
Harding University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603, 312-664-3575; FAX 312-664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
What is the on-time graduation rate for the most recent graduating class?
The Harding University College of Pharmacy offers a traditional, four academic year professional doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree pathway. The following table provides a summary of on-time graduation rates for the last five graduating classes:
|Class of:||% On-Time Graduation||% Cohort Graduating*|
% on-time graduation = # of graduates/# admitted X 100; *total graduate percentage per cohort; §Students still progressing
What are the most recent year's NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) results for the first-time takers?
Fifty Harding alumni took the NAPLEX for the first time in 2020. The first-time pass rate for these individuals was 92%. The preliminary first-time pass rate for the class of 2021 is above the last reported national average. The NAPLEX pass rates for the past three years are reported on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website.
What are some measures of student achievement for the most recent graduating class?
Nineteen percent of the class of 2021 and 24% of the class of 2020 entered post-doctor residency/fellowship programs upon graduation.
The Class of 2021 entered the workforce well prepared and ready for pharmacy practice at a time when healthcare providers are most in need. Prior to graduation, members of this class placed as top-10 finalists at the national ASHP Clinical Skills competition and participated in the APhA National Patient Counseling Competition in 2020. Each graduate provided more than 200 hours of pharmacy-related service in communities of need, and many were involved in the COVID-19 vaccination efforts throughout the state of Arkansas, including educational efforts aimed at addressing vaccine hesitancy in the locally and Spanish-speaking patients in the community.
98% of graduates from the class of 2020 and, to date, more than 80% of the graduates from the class of 2021 obtained positions in pharmacy within six months of graduation.
Since 2014, an average of 18% of students per cohort have obtained PGY1 residency positions upon graduation and 2.4% per cohort have obtained PGY2 residency/fellowship positions. Alumni have obtained high-ranking pharmacy positions at institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Houston Methodist, Baylor Scott and White, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, and Huntington Hospital in southern California. Locally, alumni serve the patients of Arkansas through innovative clinical pharmacy positions at community and hospital pharmacies throughout the state and within ambulatory care clinics such as ARcare.
Did you know that Pharmacy is part of the Center for Health Sciences?
As part of the Center for Health Sciences, Pharmacy is aligned with the department of Allied Health and Nursing. Interprofessional experiences at Harding are important key elements for student success. Outcomes Magazine showcases of the interconnectivity of the Center for Health Sciences.
When was the first class admitted?
The inaugural class was seated in the fall of 2008.
What degree is offered?
The College offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its single professional degree.
How long is the Pharm.D. program?
Our Pharm.D. four-year program transitioned to a 3 1/2 year condensed program in June 2021. In preparation, students will have completed approximately 2 1/2 years of preprofessional courses and one year of professional experience or APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience).
Where can I complete my preprofessional courses?
Students may complete their preprofessional course requirements at Harding University or at any U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Be sure to review the HUCOP admissions information Web page for the list of required preprofessional courses. If you have any questions about the equivalency of any prepharmacy course to those required by the College, please contact the College via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the tuition for pharmacy students?
Anticipated costs of attendance for the 2022-2023 academic year are as follows:
|First professional year*||$1,043/credit hour||$1,043/hour|
|Second professional year||$7,820||$15,640/semester|
|Third professional year||$19,550/semester|
|Fourth professional year||$7,820||$15,640/semester|
- Program fee $1,000 per semester (fall and spring) $500/summer
- Books: $600 - $1,000 per semester (fall and spring)
- Travel to practice experience sites: approximately $200 per semester P1 - P3 years; approximately $500 per practice experience during P4 year
- University Technology Fee $324/per term
- Graduation fee $315
- 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 summer term.
For specific financial aid information, contact the Student Financial Services Office at 501-279-4081.
Will I be required to find my own clinical sites or will the College locate these for me?
No student is required to find his or her own clinical sites. However, if a student knows of clinical sites near his or her home, there is a process in place to petition the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education for site verification and approval. The student should begin the petition process well in advance of the anticipated practice experience in order to allow ample time for appropriate site investigation and preceptor training. Not all potential sites identified by students will be deemed acceptable by the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education and approval is at the discretion of the Dean.
Where will I complete my clinical experiences?
The Pharm.D. curriculum includes clinical experiences in all four professional years (P1 – P4). The early, or introductory, pharmacy practice experiences are located within a 1-hour driving radius of the HUCOP campus in Searcy, Arkansas. The advanced pharmacy practice experiences comprising the fourth professional year may require relocation of the student to sites outside the Searcy area. Students may also petition the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education to complete selected experiences at other locations outside the HUCOP network of affiliated clinical sites. Additionally, students will have opportunities to participate in international mission-related clinical experiences.
Is there University housing available for pharmacy students?
Yes, students have access to Harding University housing facilities.
Will I be required to interview at the College before I will be considered for admission?
Yes, the College requires an on-site (or virtual during COVID) interview prior to admission to the Pharm.D. program. All expenses related to travel for the interview are the student’s responsibility, although low-cost accommodations may be available on campus.
What other health science programs does Harding University offer?
The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and, as of fall 2015, a graduate program for nurses seeking various tracks to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
The College of Allied Health offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders-Clinical (Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology), a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders-Non-Clinical, a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS), and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
What is the class size in the College of Pharmacy?
The College has approximately 170 students enrolled in the program. Class sizes may vary. The current target is 35 students per class.