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Early Assurance Program

Are you an incoming freshman and interested in a Pharmacy career? The Early Assurance Program (EAP) is intended to guarantee highly qualified students a position in the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program after the successful completion of prerequisite courses and maintenance of certain academic criteria at Harding University.

To qualify for the Early Assurance Program, what are the requirements?

  1. Apply for admission to Harding University as a freshman student
  2. Attain an ACT composite score of at least 26 or SAT total of 1240
  3. Apply for admission to the Early Assurance Program by emailing
  4. Complete a successful interview with the College of Pharmacy during a Harding University preview day or other visit to campus

Once admitted as an EAP student, what are my next steps to the Pharm.D. program?

  1. Complete all math and science prerequisites at Harding University* under the guidance of the pre-pharmacy advisor at Harding University.
  2. Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in all course work and a math/science grade point average of at least 3.00
  3. Begin the Pharm.D. program no later than three years after beginning pre-pharmacy course work
  4. Adhere to the Code of Conduct at Harding University
  5. Meet with a College of Pharmacy faculty mentor one time each semester
  6. Apply for Early Decision admission through PharmCAS by September 1, one year prior to admission to the College of Pharmacy
  7. Complete a successful interview for Early Decision to the PharmD program

What are the outcomes of completing these requirements?

  1. Guarantees a student admission to the Pharm.D. program if all pre-pharmacy requirements for early assurance are achieved. Students who do not achieve all requirements remain eligible to apply for admission to the Pharm.D. program at Harding University without guaranteed admission
  2. Qualifies the student for a $10,000 scholarship for the student’s first year. This scholarship is available for renewal during the P2 year by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in the P1 year, participating in one or more pharmacy professional organizations and adhering to the Code of Conduct at Harding University as well as the professionalism standards of the College of Pharmacy
  3. Waives the requirement for taking the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for students who apply and complete the acceptance process through the early assurance program

*  Advanced Placement (AP) credit(s) accepted by Harding University meet this requirement. Math and science prerequisites completed at other regionally accredited post-secondary institutions may be allowed but must have prior approval from the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Pharmacy.

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