Harding University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Carol Jones
Director of Admissions

HU Box 12230
Searcy, Arkansas 72149-5615

Phone (Work): 501-279-5528

Phone (Fax): 501-279-5525


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
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:

Program Description (back to top)

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 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 have the option to participate in medical relief efforts in Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and Ghana. Students will also benefit from interactions with those in Harding’s other health sciences programs including nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant students. Interprofessional education will be utilized as much as possible in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 120
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 80
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 60
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 8
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5 (preferred)
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5 (preferred)
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Although there is no set minimum, a composite score of at least 40% is preferred.
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.2
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-31
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.8:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 31
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 96
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 64  96 
General Chemistry, labs required  12 
Organic Chemistry, labs required  12 
Biochemistry I, no lab required 
Microbiology, lab required 
Biology for Majors: Choose from Human Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology, Biology 1, Biology 2  12 
Calculus I 
Speech/Public Speaking 
English Composition I and II 
Economics - choose from Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Accounting I 
General Psychology or General Sociology 
Other Electives  11  17 

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 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 – Business Calculus is not acceptable
  • The speech requirement should be fulfilled with a public speaking course
  • No credit toward the 64 semester hour requirement will be accepted for military science or physical education courses
  • For additional information regarding prerequisite courses go to:  http://www.harding.edu/pharmacy
  • Although only 64 semester hours are required, students must have a minimum of 72 hours of undergraduate coursework completed prior to enrollment to be eligible for consideration for graduate and professional level Federal Student Loan assistance. 

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2014

The last acceptable scheduled testing window for regular admission is February 2019.  

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



International students who are non-native English speaking must send TOEFL scores to PharmCAS.   The TOEFL is not required if an applicant completes a B.A. or B.S. degree within the United States.  

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 3/1/2019 Postmarked by deadline

Harding University College of Pharmacy will not accept or review foreign course work.  Courses completed at a college or university outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Servies (WES) www.wes.org 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.


International students must have a U.S. social security number in order to gain an Arkansas Pharmacy Intern License. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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
Institution Specific Details:

Applicants must have three letters of recommendation sent directly to PharmCAS.  These letters should focus on the applicant's academic and professional abilities.  Having at least one reference from a pharmacist is highly recommended. 

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)


  • Health Care Professional
  • Pre-Health Adviser


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? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • September 21, 2018
  • November 9, 2018
  • December 7, 2018
  • January 18, 2019
  • February 15, 2019
  • March 1, 2019
  • March 22, 2019
  • April 12, 2019
  • April 26, 2019

Applicants should plan for an interview day that begins around 8:30 a.m. and concludes at approximately 12:30 p.m. The day begins with a brief overview of the program, and proceeds to a series of multiple mini interviews.  The Nelson Denny Reading Test is administered during the interview day.  Interviewees will have an opportunity to meet with currently enrolled student pharmacists.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


Amount: $200
Due: 2 weeks from receipt of acceptance letter
Refundable? No
Details: Accepted students should make an initial deposit of $200 that is due 2 weeks from receipt of acceptance letter. The second deposit of $300 is due by April 1. The third deposit of $300 is due May 1, for a total deposit of $800 prior to matriculation. All deposits are non-refundable but are applied toward tuition upon matriculation.
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/19/2019 http://www.harding.edu/pharmacy
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes