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, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site

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 three graduating classes:

Class of: % On-Time Graduation* % Cohort Graduating

85 (50/59)

93 (55/59)


89 (57/64)

92 (59/64)§


74 (40/54)

74 (40/54)+

% on-time graduation = # of graduates/(# admitted - # voluntary withdrawal) X 100; §one student still progressing; +eight students still progressing

What are the most recent year's NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) results for the first-time takers?

Of the 41 who graduated in 2015, 40 have taken the NAPLEX with a first-time pass rate of 95.12%. The NAPLEX pass rates for the past 3 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?

Twenty-four Harding COP graduates took the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) during the second trimester of 2015, including 20 from the class of 2015.  The MPJE pass rate for this group of 24 graduates was 95.83% with a pass rate of 95% for those from the class of 2015.  Twenty-three percent of the class of 2015 entered post-doctoral residency programs upon graduation. One student from the class of 2014 entered a second year (PGY2) specialty ambulatory care residency.  Upon graduation, 93% of the class of 2015 who self-identified as looking for employment had accepted a position as a pharmacist.

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?

The Pharm.D. program is a four-year professional program after students have completed approximately three years of preprofessional courses.

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

What is the tuition for pharmacy students?

The tuition for 2015-16 is $35,894. Other program costs include books, insurance, purchase of a laptop computer, travel to practice sites, room, and board. Book costs are estimated to be $600 - $1000 per semester years P1 – P3.

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 Associate 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 Associate 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 Associate 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 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 enrolls 60 students per year for an average total enrollment of 240 P1-P4 students in the College.

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