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

About Harding

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.

Our Mission

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Engender an environment of caring for and being responsive to all people and to the pharmacy profession resulting in positive contributions to both.
  3. Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention while managing health care system resources in the application of evidence-based therapeutic principles and guidelines.
  4. Serve in mission efforts while incorporating relevant legal, ethical, social, cultural, economic, and professional issues of contemporary pharmacy practice.
  5. Foster innovation through basic and applied research related to both improving health care outcomes as well as identifying effective educational methods.
  6. Instill the importance of personal and professional growth in students, faculty, staff, and alumni through postgraduate education and the pursuit of lifelong learning.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.


Singlecare is offering a $3,000 scholarship to pharmacy school students enrolled in the upcoming fall semester. Singlecare will be accepting fall scholarship applications until July 18, 2018, with the winner being announced July 23rd. The eligibility requirements and submission information can be found on the scholarship application page Singlecare Pharmacy Scholarship.

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 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.

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 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

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

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


Student Events

Annual Student Affairs Events  2018 - 2019

Orientation - Class 2022   August 13-17

White Coat Ceremony   August 17

Honors, Awards, and Scholarship Luncheon   September 7 

AAHP Fall Seminar   October 4-5

NCPA Annual Convention   October 6-9

APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM)   October 12-14

Career Fair   (date TBD)

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting   December 2-6

Script Your Future Challenge 5.0   (date TBD)

APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition   March 22-25

Pinning Ceremony - Class 2020   May 3

Class 2019 Breakfast   May 10

Class 2019 Graduation   May 11

Please let us know if we can assist you in any way!



Continuing Education

Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) Hosts 2 Hours of Immunization Continuing Education

In November, Arkansas CPESN will host 2-part series on immunization practices and pearls. Topics will range from legal requirements to marketing.  Topics to be covered include: overview of AR reporting rules, electronic reporting, bidirectional capabilities, immunization screening tools/strategies, personal selling techniques and workflow ideas.

Click to Register: CPESN Immunization Webinar Part 1: Overview and Electronic Reporting on Monday, November 6, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM CST

Click to Register: CPESN Immunization Webinar Part 2: Workflow Pearls on Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM CST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

For more information on Arkansas CPESN, visit

Faculty Openings

For current Faculty Openings, please visit the Harding University Human Resources Faculty Job Openings Page.

Contact Us

College of Pharmacy
Location: Farrar Center for Health Sciences