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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

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*


76 (42/55)

85 (47/55)


89 (56/63)

97 (61/63)


77 (48/62)

92 (57/62)


78 (40/51)§

90 (46/51)


88 (42/48)§


% on-time graduation = # of graduates/# admitted X 100; *total graduate percentage per cohort; §Four students still progressing

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

Forty-eight Harding alumni took the NAPLEX for the first time in 2018. The first-time pass rate for these individuals was approximately 85%. The average first-time pass rate per cohort of Harding graduates from 2015-2017 was approximately 87%. 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 percent of the class of 2018 entered post-doctor residency/fellowship programs upon graduation (2.5% above the current national match rate). 91% of graduates from the class of 2018 obtain positions in pharmacy within 1 year 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?

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?

Harding University College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that the tuition rates for all current and incoming students will remain unchanged for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. The tuition for 2019-20 is $18,265 per semester. Other program costs include certain required fees, books, insurance, purchase of a laptop computer, travel to practice sites, room, and board. Book costs are estimated to be $600 - $1,000 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 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 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 averages between 40 and 60 students per class and currently has approximately 180 students enrolled in the program.

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