Harding University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? 
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: N/A 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Harding University College of Pharmacy offers a four-year program of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The four-year program consists of three years comprised of a combination of didactic instruction and early pharmacy practice experiences followed by a fourth year comprised entirely of advanced pharmacy practice experiences. There is an emphasis on the integration of faith, learning and living, the development of Christian scholarship, the promotion of Christian ethics, and the promotion of citizenship within a global perspective through participation in mission efforts.

    Once admitted to the Harding University College of Pharmacy, students will benefit from the close ties the University has already forged with public and private institutions throughout the world. As an example, students will have the opportunity to gain clinical education at a medical mission point in Namwianga, Kolomo, Zambia. Students will also benefit from interactions with those in Harding’s other health sciences programs including nursing and physician assistant students. Interprofessional education will be utilized as much as possible in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 120
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 64
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 1
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 40
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 120
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-34
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 38
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 135
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 90  135 
      General Chemistry with labs   12 
      Psychology or Sociology  
      Humanities Electives  
      Social/behavioral science electives  
      Cell Biology or Genetics  
      Anatomy & Physiology   12 
      Microbiology with lab  
      Zoology or Biology for majors  
      Other electives  14  21 
      Organic Chemistry  12 
      English Composition 
      Speech/Public Speaking 
    • Additional Information: 
      • 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
      • Calculus – A Business calculus course is NOT acceptable.
      • The speech requirement should be fulfilled with a public speaking course
      • Humanities electives may be chosen from one or more of these areas: art, foreign language, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion or theatre
      • It is strongly recommended that students include accounting and genetics in the electives.
      • Social/behavioral science electives may be chosen from one or more of these areas: accounting, anthropology, business, psychology, sociology, computer science, economics, geography, health, history, management or political science
      • No credit toward the 90 semester hour requirement will be accepted for military science or physical education courses

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: August 2009
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        TOEFL is required for international students, but not for permanent residents.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 3/3/2013 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      Only U.S. credentials are considered

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Science)
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2013 - April 2014 
    • Details: 

      Applicants should plan for an interview day that begins around 9:00 a.m. and concludes at approximately 1:00 p.m. Each applicant will be interviewed by two faculty members and will have an opportunity to meet with current students.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Two (2) weeks after the interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two (2) weeks from date of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $250
      • Due: 2 weeks from receipt of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Three payments of $250. The first deposit is due 2 weeks from receipt of acceptance letter. The second deposit is due by May 1. The third deposit is due June 1, for a total deposit of $750 prior to matriculation.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/17/2014 www.harding.edu/pharmacy
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes