College of Pharmacy
Our pharmacy program aligns with the mission of the University: To provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.
The 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.
Admission to the College of Pharmacy requires the completion of pre-pharmacy courses as described on the pharmacy admissions page.
About the College of Pharmacy
For decades, Harding University has been viewed as a crossroads of the United States and the world with 49 states and more than 44 foreign countries being represented in its student body. The University maintains international programs for undergraduates based in Florence, Italy; London, England; Brisbane, Australia; Athens, Greece; Viña del Mar, Chile; and France/Switzerland. Additionally, the University provides sponsorship, support and encouragement for countless Christian service projects, including evangelistic and medical missions, disaster relief and aid to the disadvantaged. The merging of such diverse experiences and knowledge generates a distinctive educational environment. This multicultural atmosphere with an emphasis on liberty and justice will result in the development of Christian servants who possess an understanding of and respect for other cultures.
Harding University College of Pharmacy seeks to attract applicants from across the country and to become a nationally competitive pharmacy program. Special consideration is given to those applicants who have attended Harding or other church of Christ-affiliated institutions, but all applicants are evaluated on their own merits.
Harding University’s College of Pharmacy seeks to graduate pharmacists who accept the responsibility of improving the spiritual and physical wellness of the world by providing patient-centered care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes delivered through the highest standards of Christian service.
- Provide an education which delivers in-depth knowledge of medications and the biomedical, sociobehavioral, and clinical sciences while focusing on patient-centered and population-based care that optimizes medication therapy.
- Engender an environment of caring for and being responsive to all people and to the pharmacy profession resulting in positive contributions to both.
- Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention while managing health care system resources in the application of evidence-based therapeutic principles and guidelines.
- Serve in mission efforts while incorporating relevant legal, ethical, social, cultural, economic, and professional issues of contemporary pharmacy practice.
- Foster innovation through basic and applied research related to both improving health care outcomes as well as identifying effective educational methods.
- Instill the importance of personal and professional growth in students, faculty, staff, and alumni through postgraduate education and the pursuit of lifelong learning.
- Support development of community outreach programs that ensure: (1) medication therapy management is readily available to all patients; (2) desired patient outcomes are more frequently achieved; (3) overuse, underuse, and misuse of medications are minimized; (4) medication-related public health goals are more effectively achieved; and (5) cost-effectiveness of medication therapy is optimized.
- Develop graduates who accept accountability for patients’ therapeutic outcomes and who view themselves as a primary resource for unbiased information and advice regarding the safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications.
- Promote pharmacists as the most trusted and accessible source of medications and related devices and supplies who are valued patient care providers whom health care systems and payers recognize as having responsibility for assuring the desired outcomes of medication use.
- Engage in continuous quality improvement activities to ensure achievement of all college goals, and ultimately, the mission of the college and university.
The College of Pharmacy bases its educational program and position in the pharmacy community upon certain core values. The core values of the college are advancement, Christianity, collaboration, trustworthiness, innovation, outreach, nurturing, and service. These values are symbolized by the acronym ACCTIONS.
The NCPA Foundation recognizes students with demonstrated leadership qualities, academic achievement, and an interest in pharmacy management through scholarships. All NCPA student members are eligible to apply. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of its Scholarship Program. Student members of NCPA are eligible to apply. The student must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. school/college of pharmacy on a full-time basis. Please visit www.ncpafoundation.org for more information.
AfterCollege hosts a scholarship fund specifically for students seeking a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. We award one (1) $500 scholarship every quarter (four per year). If you are interested in more information or applying, please click on the link below to view prior winners, eligibility requirements and to download the application. www.aftercollege.com/content/article/pharmacy_student_scholarship/
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation created the Award for Excellence in Medication-Use Safety in 2004. This is the only award program to honor a pharmacist-led multidisciplinary team for its significant institution-wide system improvements relating to medication use. The $50,000 award, which is sponsored by the Cardinal Health Foundation, recognizes on a national level pharmacy professionals who have assumed a leadership role in promoting safety in the medication-use process. The award also honors two finalists, who each receive $10,000. More information...
Partners in Pharmacy (PIP) will be offering student scholarships this year. Student members of NCPA are eligible to apply. The student must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. school/college of pharmacy on a full-time basis. Partners in Pharmacy is the former WONARD or the Women's Organization of the National Association of Retail Druggists, which was founded in 1905 during the 7th NARD Annual Convention. (NARD, the National Association of Retail Druggists, formed in 1898 was renamed NCPA, the National Association of Community Pharmacists in 1998.) Partners in Pharmacy is now an auxiliary organization that supports NCPA and the NCPA Foundation. Since 1915, Partners in Pharmacy has been offering annual scholarships to pharmacy students pursuing a career in pharmacy. This scholarship program has touched hundreds of pharmacy students. The scholarships recognize pharmacy students for their exemplary academic performance, community service, and a demonstrated commitment to independent pharmacy. Please visit www.ncpafoundation.org for more information.
The goal of the NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Program is to support the development of future leaders in community pharmacy and to recognize pharmacy students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in community pharmacy. To apply, students can visit www.nacdsfoundation.org.
Tylenol Scholarship Program: As a company dedicated to helping people feel better, we're proud to support the future of healthcare with our annual TYLENOL® Scholarship program. The program helps students who are pursuing careers in the healthcare, life sciences, or related fields manage the rising costs of education.
Scholarships awarded to students pursuing healthcare-related education at an accredited institution. More info...
The ASHP Foundation Student Research Award is presented annually to a pharmacy student for a published or an unpublished paper or report of a completed research project related to pharmacy practice in a hospitals and health systems. The Student Research Award consists of a $1,500 honorarium, a $1,000 expense allowance to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and a plaque. The research should be completed and the paper prepared before June 1 of the year preceding the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting at which the Award is to be presented. More information...
Rite Aid offers scholarship opportunities available through schools of pharmacy and professional pharmacy organizations such as the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). If you want to find out more about the NACDS and NPHA Foundation/Rite Aid scholarship application process check their web sites at www.nacdsfoundation.org.
APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program: The APhA Foundation, together with the APhA Auxiliary, is celebrating ten years since the establishment of the APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program. This scholarship program recognizes students who choose to invest their time in their school's APhA - ASP chapter to help shape the future of the profession while managing the demands of a full-time pharmacy curriculum.
The APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program recognizes full-time pharmacy students who help shape the future of their profession by maintaining active involvement in their school's APhA-ASP Chapter. This year, in addition to the nine annual scholarship awards, a tenth scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student leader in honor of Dr. John A. Gans, former APhA Executive Vice President and CEO. Each of the ten scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Within this program are named scholarships that acknowledge gifts made to the fund by individuals or groups. More information...
Some chain pharmacies have scholarships for pharmacy students. They may stipulate something like this: you work for them part-time while in school, full-time in summers, and for a specified number of years after graduation. It's often a good deal. Contact the pharmacies directly for these scholarship opportunities.
Other Pharmacy Scholarship Resources
Pharmacists Letter Preceptor Training & Resource Network:
Site & Preceptor Forms:
- Site Affiliation Agreement (pdf)
- Service Site Affiliation Agreement (pdf)
- Affiliate Site Profile (pdf)
- Abbreviated CV (pdf)
Annual Student Affairs Events 2017 - 2018
Orientation - Class 2021 August 14-18
White Coat Ceremony August 18
Honors, Awards, and Scholarship Luncheon September 6
AAHP Fall Seminar October 5 & 6
NCPA Annual Convention October 14-18
APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) October 27-29
Career Fair (date TBD)
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting December 3-7
Script Your Future Challenge 5.0 (date TBD)
APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition March 16-19
Pinning Ceremony - Class 2019 April 27
Class 2018 Breakfast May 4
Class 2018 Graduation May 5
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Student Affairs Forms
Assistant/Associate Professor, Pharmaceutics
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Harding University’s College of Pharmacy seeks applications for a 12-month faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The primary responsibilities for this position include coordinating and teaching the pharmaceutics portions of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, including pharmacy calculations, and pharmaceutics compounding laboratory. Engagement of students in research and the establishment of an active research program will be supported.
Qualified applicants will possess a Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutics or a pharmaceutics related field. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest in drug formulation and delivery systems with postdoctoral experience as well as to those with two or more years of academic or industrial experience. A professional degree in pharmacy is desirable but not required. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to Christian education.
Harding University is a private Christian institution of higher education chiefly supported 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 200 acres near the foothills of the Ozarks. Recreational opportunities abound in Arkansas’ many state parks, living up to the state’s motto – the natural state.
Interested individuals should send a personal statement describing their teaching philosophy and research interest/experience, three letters of professional references and curriculum vitae to: Jeff Mercer, Pharm.D., Dean, College of Pharmacy, Harding University, 915 E. Market Ave., Box 12230, Searcy, AR 72149, Office: 501-279-5205, email@example.com.
Assistant/Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
The Department of Pharmacy Practice at Harding University College of Pharmacy invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, pharmacy practice faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The primary responsibilities for this position include didactic instruction in pharmacotherapy and related clinical sciences, maintenance of a clinical practice site for the purposes of service and experiential teaching, and active engagement in scholarship.
Applicants with internal medicine and internal medicine specialty experience are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants will possess a Pharm.D. as well as residency/fellowship training. At least two years of academic experience is preferred. Eligibility for pharmacy licensure in Arkansas is required. Candidates should be active members of the church of Christ and demonstrate a commitment to Christian education.
Harding University is a private Christian institution of higher education chiefly supported by the fellowship of the churches of Christ. Located in Searcy, Arkansas, 55 miles northeast of Little Rock, the university is comprised of over 50 buildings on a 200-acre campus near the foothills of the Ozarks. Recreational opportunities abound in Arkansas’ many state parks providing great outdoor activities.
Interested individuals should contact the search committee chair: Julie Kissack, Pharm.D., Chair & Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Harding University College of Pharmacy, 915 E. Market #12230, Searcy, AR 72149, 501-279-5532, firstname.lastname@example.org.