Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant Program is a 28-month graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies.

As the first PA program in the state of Arkansas, we are very excited about the potential impact of this program on the local community, the people of Arkansas and worldwide mission fields.

The Harding University Physician Assistant Program has had 271 graduates since our inception in 2005. Program graduates are practicing throughout Arkansas and at least 15 other states in a variety of settings which include Primary Care, Urgent and Emergent Care, Orthopedic, Dermatology, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology, Rheumatology, Surgery specialties, Mental Health, Urology, and Pediatrics.

Forbes has listed the PA profession and one of the top ten most promising jobs of 2015!

This is such an exciting time for our students.

Class of 2016:

This is the "home stretch" - their last semester. December graduation will be here very soon. For those who are just beginning in August of this year, graduation is something that often will look unattainable, but for the Class of 2015 - it is now fast approaching. That means many new and exciting adventures await. Jobs, PANCE - wait it needs to be in the other order. Many are working on job offers now. Where will this new "freedom" take them? How many lives will they touch with their skills and compassion? We expect to hear great things from this class.

Class of 2017:

Finals finished last Friday and they are currently on a 1 week break before returning to prepare for the clinical portion of their training.  Apprehension, anticipation, excitement, and humility are all some of the emotions that they are feeling right now. They are ready for this next step, just as their predecessors were. Now is the time to apply classroom knowledge to actual patients. They know more than think. They are prepared. They are compassionate. They will impact hundreds of patients throughout Arkansas over the next 4 semesters. 

Class of 2018:

From all corners of the US, these 36 students are arriving in Searcy to begin this adventure with us. Seventeen states will be represented in this class. Many are bringing spouses and families with them to begin this journey. We thank them for their trust in us and look forward to building a strong class that will walk this path together to become competent, compassionate PAs.

PA Employment Opportunities


Harding Loves PAs

On October 24th, 2008 the Center for Health Sciences was officially dedicated during Homecoming activities. Our official building name is Henry & Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences.

We are located at the corner of Dr. Jimmy Carr Dr (Remington) and Park. GPS coordinates which should work with both Google maps and Mapquest are: 35.245067, -91.728389

Please stop by to visit if you are in the area.  Take a look at our map for more details and driving instructions.

All classroom based instruction is provided on the Harding main campus located in Searcy. There is no distance learning option available.

In the unlikely event of loss of accreditation and/or closure of a program, the University is committed to teaching out all currently matriculated students, including those in the PA Program. This may involve allowing them to complete their education at Harding University or assisting them in enrolling in an accredited program in which they can continue their education.

PA Program Brochure

Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Harding University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Harding University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Updated (9/14)

Faculty Positions

Physician Assistant Program

Harding University College of Allied Health

4/3/13 Currently the Physician Assistant Program is not actively seeking new faculty applicants. If you would like to contact the Program Director with regard to this matter, the information requested and his contact information is provided below.

The Physician Assistant Program at Harding University is inviting applications for full-time, 12-month faculty positions; rank will be commensurate with applicant experience. Positions are available immediately and the search will continue until all positions are filled.  Individuals appointed to the faculty will have the unique and stimulating opportunity to participate in the continuing development of Physician Assistant Program didactic curricula and supervised clinical experiences with a focus on Christian education. The Program was the first training program of its kind in the state of Arkansas.

Multiple faculty positions are available in the PA program.  Each new faculty member will be responsible for participating in the teaching of the program’s core curriculum, advising and mentoring students, assisting with the hands-on practical training of students in various clinical skills needed in clinical practice, maintaining clinical competency through practice at the program’s affiliated clinic site, conducting scholarly activity in the faculty's area of expertise, and engaging in service to the college, university, and community.

Though the emphasis of the program curriculum is preparation for primary care, applicants from a variety of clinical backgrounds will be considered.  Qualified applicants should possess a minimum of Masters Degree in Physician Assistant studies or similar field.  Three years of clinical experience and one year of teaching experience preferred.  PA applicants should be NCCPA certified and eligible for licensure as a Physician Assistant in the state of Arkansas.  Applicants with other clinical training should have corresponding professional certification and be eligible for professional licensure in the state of Arkansas. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to Christian education.

Interested individuals should send a personal statement describing their teaching philosophy, three letters of professional reference, a transcript documenting their professional degree training along with any other graduate or professional degrees awarded, and curriculum vitae to:  Michael Murphy, MD, Professor and Director, Physician Assistant Program, Harding University, Box 12231, Searcy, AR 72149-5615.  E-mail:

Harding University is a private Christian institution of higher education supported chiefly by the fellowship of the churches of Christ. Located in Searcy, Arkansas, 50 miles northeast of Little Rock. The campus is comprised of 44 buildings on 350 acres in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.  Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in Arkansas, living up to the state’s motto – The Natural State.  The surrounding region offers many cultural and arts events: performances of symphony orchestras or ballet, museums of history and art, theatrical productions and opera, and numerous music (especially bluegrass), craft and cultural festivals.

Contact Us


Fax: 501-279-4811

Mailing address:
Harding University
Physician Assistant Program
Box 12231
Searcy, AR 72149-5615