Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

College of Pharmacy


Program Description

The College of Pharmacy, located in the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences, offers a 3.5-year program of professional study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The 3.5-year professional program consists of 148 semester hour credits divided into online, in-person, and experiential instruction. The first eight terms are a combination of didactic instruction and introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs). Summer didactic classes are majority online with deadline-driven, module-based coursework; some in-person or synchronous virtual attendance may be required. Fall and spring terms are on campus with in-person instruction and attendance expected. The final three terms consist of 10 advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) culminating in a December graduation.

As part of the Harding Community and the larger Center for Health Sciences (CHS), the College places an emphasis on supporting and challenging our students to realize their full potential by providing a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.

The College of Pharmacy Student Handbook contains a comprehensive description of all policies and procedures that apply to pharmacy students.

Mission

Harding University 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.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. Harding University’s Doctor of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603 312/664-3575; FAX 866/228-2631 web site www.acpe-accredit.org

Admission Requirements

Admission 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, letters of reference, pharmacy experience, and a formal interview process. Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program requires completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours* of preprofessional education at an institution within the United States accredited by an agency nationally recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This typically takes two years of preprofessional study.

  1. Applicants should possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (preferred) 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.
  2. Grades below C cannot be accepted for any math or science course.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To fulfill requirements, a minimum of 8 hours of biology courses must be majors courses with labs.
  6. The speech requirement should be fulfilled with a public speaking course.
  7. The economics requirement must be fulfilled with one of the following: microeconomics, macroeconomics, or financial accounting.
  8. No credit toward the 64 semester hour requirement will be accepted for military science or physical education courses.
  9. The calculus requirement may NOT be fulfilled with a business calculus course.
  10. The calculus requirement may be filled by any of the following:
    1. Calculus I
    2. College algebra AND plane trigonometry
    3. College algebra AND precalculus

* Although only 64 semester hours are required for admission, federal financial aid eligibility for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program begins when a student has earned a minimum of 72 semester hours of combined preprofessional and graduate coursework.

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.

Prerequisite Coursework

The minimum specific prepharmacy course requirements are listed below. Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation. The Harding courses that fulfill each requirement are listed for comparison to courses at other universities. Please note that course equivalencies will be determined by Harding University.

Courses Semester Hours   HU Course Number
Biology for majors plus lab**     8   BIOL 3200/3200L , BIOL 3210/3210L , BIOL 3000 BIOL 3500/3500L  
Calculus I, College Algebra & Plane Trigonometry, or College Algebra and Precalculus#     4   MATH 2350 MATH 1330  and MATH 1340 , or MATH 1330  and MATH 2300  
Economics/Accounting     3   ECON 2010  or ECON 2020  or ACCT 2050  
English Composition     6   ENG 1110 , ENG 2110  
General Chemistry     8*   CHEM 1040/1040L , CHEM 1050/1050L  
Microbiology     4*   BIOL 3400/3400L   
Organic Chemistry     8*   CHEM 3740/3740L , CHEM 3750/3750L  
Psychology or Sociology     3   PSY 2010  or SOC 2030  
Speech     3   COMM 1010   
Statistics     3   MATH 1200  or BIOL 2500  
Math or Science electives    6-8    
Other electives     8    
Total    64    

*lab required
**Biology I & II, Cell Biology, Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Immunology; other biology for majors courses may be considered
#College algebra, plane trigonometry, or precalculus alone will not be accepted.

Application Procedure

All applicants are required to submit a Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application via the PharmCAS website. Students should submit the PharmCAS application, application fees, reference letters, and official transcripts from each university attended directly to PharmCAS. Any transcripts for courses completed after the final PharmCAS deadline must be sent directly to the College of Pharmacy. Applicants should 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. All application materials must be completed and postmarked by the application deadline to be considered for interviews.

Because admission information is updated regularly, applicants should verify current requirements on the College of Pharmacy website.

Application Review and Selection for Interview

Personal interviews are a required portion of the application process. Qualified students will be notified if they are selected for an interview. The College of Pharmacy works on a rolling admission basis. Interviews begin in September and applicants are accepted to the program on a continual basis until each cohort is full. Interviewed candidates are ranked comparatively on the criteria established by the HUCOP Admissions Committee. Applicants are notified of admission status within approximately one week of the official interview.

Offers of admission are contingent upon the successful completion of any remaining prerequisites, ability to meet defined technical standards, eligibility to obtain an Arkansas pharmacy intern license, satisfactory review of a criminal background check, and compliance with established immunization policies.

Transfer Students

Harding University College of Pharmacy accepts transfer students with advanced standing; however, space is limited and because curricula in pharmacy schools vary greatly, students may not transfer at the same level achieved at the previous college. To be considered for transfer admission applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in good standing in a Pharm.D. program at another college of pharmacy that is ACPE-accredited with a minimum of Candidate status.
  2. Satisfy core prerequisites for Harding University College of Pharmacy.
  3. Have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Application materials include:

  1. Transfer Student Application.
  2. Transcripts from the current program and all undergraduate coursework.
  3. Course syllabus for every pharmacy course completed and every pharmacy course that will be completed prior to transfer.
  4. Four letters of recommendation:
    1. One from a supervising pharmacist (work or volunteer),
    2. Two from faculty members from the current pharmacy school,
    3. One courtesy letter from the Dean of the current pharmacy school.
  5. Letter of explanation that addresses the reason transfer is being sought.
  6. Updated curriculum vitae which includes education, employment history, and any extracurricular activities or volunteer work.
  7. Personal interview is required.

Application materials must be submitted to: Harding University College of Pharmacy, Office of Admissions, Box 12230, Searcy, AR 72149-5615.

A minimum of 2.5 years in enrollment residence is required to receive the Pharm.D. degree from Harding University College of Pharmacy. No consideration will be given to students who wish to transfer solely to complete their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA) will review advanced standing requests and determine course equivalence. Based upon this evaluation and input from the Admissions Committee after review of the applicant’s packet, the ADAA will make a recommendation regarding transfer credit for advanced standing and admittance into the College.

International Students

An applicant who is not a citizen of the United States must submit all application material as requested in the “Application Procedures” section. 

  1. The College of Pharmacy Office of Admissions will only review coursework completed outside the United States that has been evaluated by World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org or a similar organization. Credit may be given only for the number of hours as evaluated by WES or that is transferred to an institution within the United States accredited by an agency nationally recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 
  2. Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted if English is not the applicant’s native language. Harding University’s TOEFL code is 6267. The TOEFL is not required if an applicant completes a BA or BS degree within the United States. In lieu of these exams, students may be assessed via the required college interview.
  3. Students must submit documentation of financial ability to pay all expenses for the first year of study at Harding University College of Pharmacy and demonstrate adequate coverage for health insurance in the United States.
  4. Non-U.S. citizens must supply documentation of current status with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (i.e., I-20, I-94, and F-1 or H-4 Visa). International students must have a U.S. Social Security Number in order to apply for an Arkansas pharmacy intern license.

Other Program Requirements 

  1. Technical Standards: In addition to the academic requirements for admission, candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree must be able to exhibit mastery of technical standards for this field by performing the essential functions in each of the following categories: observation, communication, sensory/motor, intellectual, behavioral/social, and ethical. The College is committed to enabling students with disabilities by reasonable means of accommodations to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. Some accommodations cannot be made because they are not reasonable.

    When a student is admitted to the College of Pharmacy, a list of the technical standards is sent with each acceptance letter. Students must respond in writing whether they can meet the standards with or without accommodations. If accommodation is requested, the student must submit documentation of disability with proposed accommodation from a certified specialist to the Office of Student Affairs. Following admission to the College, students who fail to continue to exhibit mastery of these technical standards may be subject to dismissal from the College.

    The College of Pharmacy at Harding University has an ethical responsibility for the safety of patients with whom the students come into contact. It is the patent’s safety that is the driving force in establishing technical requirements.

    These functions include, but are not limited to:

    Observation: A candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including but not limited to physiological and pharmacological demonstrations in animals, evaluation of microbiological cultures, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathological states. A candidate must be able to visually observe and interpret presented information. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. This standard necessitates the functional use of vision, hearing, and somatic senses.

    Communication: A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, caregivers, and all members of the health care team. The purpose of this communication is to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communication. Communication includes speech, reading, writing, and computer literacy. These skills include the appropriate use of oral and written English, hearing, reading, and computer literacy.

    Sensory/Motor: A candidate must have sufficient motor function and skills required in the compounding of medications including using techniques for preparing sterile solutions, e.g., parenteral or ophthalmic solutions. A candidate must have sufficient motor function to gain information from patients by physically touching patients. Examples of such tasks may include assessing range of motion of a joint, blood pressure reading, and taking a pulse reading. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

    Intellectual (Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities): A candidate must demonstrate a fundamental and continuing ability to use critical thinking and analytical skills to independently and in collaboration with a health care team synthesize knowledge, solve problems, and explain health care situations. A candidate must be fully alert and attentive at all times in clinical settings.

    Behavioral/Social: A candidate must demonstrate professional demeanor appropriate to his/her educational level. A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all patient care responsibilities. A candidate must possess the ability to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. A candidate must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. A candidate must be able to function within regulatory limits and modify behavior based on criticism. A candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. A candidate must possess compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, and motivation to excel in pharmacy practice.
  2. Ethical Standards: A candidate must demonstrate the highest level of professional demeanor and behavior, and must perform in an ethical manner in all dealings with peers, faculty, staff, preceptors, and patients.
     
  3. Health requirements: Applicants selected for admission to the program must provide evidence of good health, no communicable diseases, and required immunizations and screenings prior to matriculation.

    All students are required to maintain health insurance and CPR certification.

    Immunizations and screening tests required are as follows:
    1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Two documented doses of MMR vaccine given at least 28 days apart are required. A positive titer (blood draw) will also fulfill this requirement. If a titer is drawn and is negative, students must receive two doses of MMR vaccine.
    2. Primary Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (DPT, DTaP) series: Documentation of date of series completion, year only, is required.
    3. Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) booster: One Tdap booster is required and must have been given within the past five years.
    4. Hepatitis B: Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine are required. In addition, a positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer (blood draw) is required. Must allow 30 days minimum between the final dose of the series and titer.
    5. Varicella: Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart is required. A positive varicella titer (blood draw) also fulfills this requirement.
    6. Influenza: One dose of seasonal influenza is required every year and is provided on campus for free every fall.
    7. Tuberculosis Screening: A two-step Tuberculin skin test (PPD) is required. The results MUST be recorded in millimeters of induration. If any student has had a prior positive PPD, please provide the results of a current chest x-ray and any treatment plan and dates (e.g., medication, repeat x-ray), if applicable. If any student has received the BCG vaccine, provide the date it was given, and do NOT take a PPD skin test. A one-step PPD is required annually after admission.
    8. COVID-19: Two doses of any vaccine against COVID-19 are required. No booster is currently required but is subject to change based on experiential education sites.
  4. Computer Requirements: Proficiency in basic computer skills (word-processing, learning management systems, internet searches, email) is expected of all entering students, as the curriculum incorporates the use of computer technology. Additionally, all students in the program are expected to have access to the internet. Students are required to have their own laptop computer and approved privacy screen upon entry into the program.
     
  5. Equipment Requirements: 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, a stethoscope, and a sphygmomanometer.
     
  6. Liability Requirements: Professional liability insurance coverage is provided by the university for all pharmacy students as a part of the student program tuition.
     
  7. Travel Requirements: 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.
     
  8. Background Check Requirements: The College of Pharmacy requires a background check for admission. Once a student is admitted and the admission decision is transmitted to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), PharmCAS will initiate a criminal background check through Certiphi Screening, Inc. Potentially adverse background information will be discussed with the student and a decision will be made regarding how the information will impact the student’s ability to progress in the program. An additional criminal background check with fingerprinting and drug screens may be required based on experiential placements. An Arkansas pharmacy intern license is required for participation in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. An additional criminal background check with fingerprinting is required to apply for an Arkansas pharmacy intern license. Inability to obtain an Arkansas pharmacy intern license would be cause for dismissal from the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Successful completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program does not guarantee the ability to secure licensure as a pharmacist in any given state. It is the candidate’s responsibility to satisfy all requirements of state licensure including completion of internship hours, satisfactory completion of state law examination, satisfactory criminal background checks, and drug screening. Harding University College of Pharmacy seeks to provide the best possible preparation for its graduates by adhering to best practice standards. Therefore, the College may conduct regular random drug screenings each term. A percentage of students in each cohort (e.g., class of 20XX) may be randomly selected for participation. Selected students receive notification and instructions for compliance with the drug screening process. Any student who does not comply with the drug screening process is considered to be in violation of the College’s Code of Professional Conduct. The College bears the cost of random drug screenings. The results of all drug screenings are handled in compliance with applicable rules of confidentiality and the duty to report to state licensing agencies. 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.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Available scholarships and financial aid include:

Agatha Culpepper Wallace Scholarship. The recipient of this scholarship is a student with demonstrated scholarship, leadership, diligence, capability, and financial need.

Arkansas Pharmacy Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has expressed an intent to practice in Arkansas after graduation, has demonstrated leadership skills, and is a member of at least one student organization affiliated with a national pharmacy organization.

Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy Rural Loan Program. This program was established by the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy to provide tuition loans to a select number of pharmacy students who intend to work in rural Arkansas communities of less than 15,000 people and which are at least 15 miles from the nearest incorporated municipality/city with 50,000 or more inhabitants. The tuition loan does not require repayment if the graduate works full-time as a pharmacist for 36 consecutive months in an eligible community.

Dean’s Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the top ten percent of the first, second, third, and fourth professional year classes.

Faculty and Staff Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the inaugural faculty and staff of the Harding University College of Pharmacy to recognize superior talent within the student body and who possess strong leadership ability, academic and professional promise, and exemplify the ideals of the Harding University College of Pharmacy.

Gay Nell Hixson Memorial Scholarship. In choosing among various applicants, Harding shall consider scholarship, leadership, diligence, demonstrated capability and financial need. Recipients shall maintain a satisfactory grade point average and a good reputation among faculty and students.

Gateway for Onboarding Learners of Distinction (GOLD). This program is intended to guarantee highly qualified undergraduate students a position in the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program after the successful completion of an admissions interview, prerequisite courses, and maintenance of certain academic criteria at Harding or an affiliated college or university. A scholarship based on measures of academic achievement is offered. This scholarship is renewable if a minimum cumulative GPA is maintained.

Mark Story Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the Mark Story family and is awarded to a P3 or P4 student pursuing a focus in pharmacy management. The student will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and good academic standing. Preference is given to those completing an M.B.A. in addition to their Pharm.D.

Mickey and Sue Hixson Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a recipient who has an excellent work ethic, integrity, character, dedication to family, demonstrated capability, financial need, and who consistently serves others with a smile. Recipients shall maintain a satisfactory grade point average as well as be highly regarded among the faculty, staff, and students.

Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy Scholarship. The recipient of this scholarship is a student who is in good academic standing and who has financial need.

Walgreens Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student engaged in efforts to raise awareness in diversity and community outreach.

Walgreens Multilingual Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a single student who is fluent speaking in one or more languages in addition to English with an interest in community pharmacy.

Faculty

Dean: Julie A. Hixson-Wallace, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS

Professors:

Dan Atchley, Ph.D.
Josh Brown, Ph.D.
     Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Lana Gettman, Pharm.D.
Julie A. Hixson-Wallace, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS
Landry Kamdem, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Debbie Knight, Pharm.D.
     Interprofessional Education and Co-Curricular Coordinator for Center for Health Sciences
Rodney Richmond, Pharm.D., BCGP
     Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice
Forrest Smith, Ph.D.
Jim Tarrant, Ph.D.
Kwame Yeboah, Ph.D.
     Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associate Professors:

Daniel Bailey, Pharm.D., BCPS
Sarah Crank, Pharm.D., BCPS
     Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Ellen Jones, Pharm.D., BCACP
Courtney Selby, Pharm.D., BCACP
Melissa Shipp, Pharm.D., BCPS
Rayanne Story, Pharm.D.
     Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Mallory Turner, Pharm.D., BCPS

Assistant Professors:

Barrett Carter, Pharm.D., BCPS
Jessica Carter, Pharm.D., BCPS
Kristin Kellett, Pharm.D., LMSW, BCMTMS
Richard Ward, Pharm.D., M.S.
     Assistant Dean for Admissions, Director of Experiential Education 
Charlie Wright, Pharm.D., BCPS

Interprofessional education in the pharmacy didactic curriculum is delivered in conjunction with the following colleges, departments, or programs at Harding University.

College of Allied Health

Cardiac Function & Interventional Technology
Communication Sciences & Disorders - Speech Language Pathology Program
Occupational Therapy Program
Physical Therapy Program
Physician Assistant Program

College of Nursing

College of Arts & Sciences


Programs

Doctor of Pharmacy