Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree in College of Pharmacy, Harding University-USA

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*The deadline to apply for Fall 2014 is March 1, 2014.

Admissions requirements and standards are designed to ensure scholastic success in the professional Pharm.D. program. Selecting a candidate for the future practice of pharmacy involves many important factors, including academic background, PCAT scores, letters of reference and pharmacy experience. A qualified applicant will be invited to visit the College of Pharmacy for a required personal interview. Because admission information is updated regularly, applicants should verify current requirements on the College of Pharmacy Web site. The most current admission information will always be posted at this site.

Admission to the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program requires completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of preprofessional education at an accredited college or university. This typically takes three years of preprofessional study. Application can be made after the completion of 60 semester hours of college coursework.

The minimum specific pre-pharmacy course requirements are as follows:

Semester Hours
HU Courses*
General Chemistry
8 - labs required
CHEM 121, 122
Organic Chemistry
8 - labs required
CHEM 249, 250
Cell Biology
BIOL 259
3 - no lab required
CHEM 324
8 - no lab required
BIOL 249, 253
4 - lab required
BIOL 271
Zoology or Biology (for majors)
BIOL 121
PHYS 201
MATH 201
MATH 200 or BIOL 254
Psychology or sociology
PSY 201 or SOC 203
COMO 101
English composition
ENG 111, 211
ECON 201 or 202
Humanities electives
Social/behavioral science electives
Other electives

*The Harding courses that fulfill each requirement are listed so that you may read the course description and match it to your university course catalog; to view the science department course descriptions go to:

  • Applicants must possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on all previous college work; grades for all undergraduate coursework attempted are included in the calculation of the overall undergraduate GPA which is the primary GPA used in the admissions process
  • 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 that 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
  • The speech requirement should be fulfilled with a public speaking course
  • The economics requirement must be fulfilled with either a microeconomics or macroeconomics course; however a macroeconomics course is recommended
  • Humanities electives may be chosen from one or more of these areas: art, foreign language, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion or theatre
  • Social/behavioral science electives may be chosen from one or more of these areas: accounting (highly recommended), anthropology, business, computer science, economics, geography, health, history, management, political science, psychology or sociology
  • It is highly recommended that one of the other electives be fulfilled with genetics
  • No credit toward the 90 semester hour requirement will be accepted for military science or physical education courses
  • The calculus requirement may not be fulfilled with a business calculus course
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended should be sent to the College of Pharmacy
  • All prepharmacy course requirements must be satisfied prior to matriculation

Applicants are required to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and must have their scores sent to PharmCAS (code 104). In addition to PCAT scores, applicants must submit three letters of reference that focus on the applicant's academic and professional abilities. Having at least one reference from a pharmacist is highly recommended. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended should also be sent to PharmCAS. The competitive grade point average and PCAT score in order to qualify for a required personal interview will be determined by the overall strength of the applicant pool.

Prospective pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to obtain work experience in a pharmacy setting. An example of appropriate experience is as a pharmacy technician in either a hospital or community pharmacy.

Personal interviews for the next entering class will begin in September. Throughout the duration of the interview process, applicants are accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program on a continual basis until the class has been filled; an alternate list will then be established. Based on the overall strength of the applicant pool, acceptance is selective.

Requirements following Admission

Proficiency in basic computer skills (word-processing, databases, Internet searches, e-mail) is expected of all entering students, as the curriculum will incorporate the use of computer technology. Additionally, all students in the program will be expected to have access to the Internet. Students are required to have their own laptop computer upon entry into the program.All students will be expected to purchase or have the required medical equipment needed to meet program requirements. This will include acquiring an approved lab coat with a school issued patch.

Each student must carry professional liability insurance coverage, which is included in tuition.

Portions of the curriculum require travel to various locations. Clinical experiences entail travel to clinical sites. Students must provide their own transportation to experiential sites and classroom activities. It is therefore required that all pharmacy students have a means of transportation. This includes a valid driver's license and current auto liability insurance if transportation is to be provided through a personal vehicle. Doctor of Pharmacy students are responsible for all costs associated with travel and off campus clinical experiences. Transportation and food are the most common out-of pocket expenses. Some sites will require additional living arrangements to be made, which will be the student's responsibility.

To obtain an Arkansas pharmacy intern license, students are required to authorize and submit to a criminal background check with fingerprinting, including sex offenses and crimes against minors. An Arkansas pharmacy intern license is required for participation in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Inability to obtain an Arkansas pharmacy intern license would be cause for dismissal from the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Some students may also be expected to submit to random drug testing required by clinical practice sites. These additional costs are the students' responsibility. Non-compliance with the criminal background checks and/or drug testing policies may be cause for dismissal from the program. Criminal background checks and drug screens are common pre-employment procedures.

Health Policies

Applicants selected for admission to the program must provide evidence of good health, no communicable diseases, and required immunizations and screenings prior to matriculation. Forms are available to those accepted into the program.

All students are required to maintain health insurance.

Immunizations and screening tests required are as follows:

  1. Hepatitis B series and titer (this can take up to 6 months to complete)
  2. Two MMRs or positive rubella titer
  3. Tetanus/diphtheria (DPT, DTaP, or Td) primary series and Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap or Td) booster
  4. Evidence of varicella immunity is required as evidenced by documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine given at least 28 days apart or history of varicella or herpes zoster based on physician diagnosis or laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease (titer)
  5. A Mantoux 5TU PPD tuberculin skin test performed within four months prior to matriculation

Program Costs

Tuition and fees are subject to change based on the recommendation and approval of the Board of Trustees. Any new tuition and fee schedule is effective at the beginning of the fall term.

Other anticipated costs include the following:

  • Tuition: $33,186 per year
  • Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable
  • Tuition deposits: $250 within 14 days of notification of acceptance; additional $250 on May 1 and $250 on June 1; all deposits are non-refundable but are applied toward tuition upon matriculation
  • Books: $600 - $1000 per semester
  • Travel to practice experience sites: approximately $275 per semester P1 - P3 years; approximately $500 per practice experience during P4 year
  • Harding University technology/academic enrichment fee: $225/semester
  • Graduation fee: $300 (includes rental of cap and gown and purchase of hood)
  • Criminal background checks: approximately $65 per occurrence
  • Other student costs may include: laptop computer, room and board, health insurance, professional liability insurance, costs associated with clinical rotations such as food, lodging (if required) and any other requirements of the clinical site; all of these are approximate costs and are subject to change.

For specific financial aid information, contact the Student Financial Services Office at 501-279-4081.

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