Full time Students: Students enrolled in 9 or more hours per term are classified as full-time students. Those with fewer than 9 hours per term are classified as part-time students. To qualify for federal financial aid, graduate students must be enrolled for at least 5 hours per term. Students seeking only teacher licensure or certification must be enrolled in at least 6 hours per term to qualify for federal financial aid.
Federal financial aid is depend ant upon the number of hours for which a student is enrolled. Federal loans will have to be adjusted if dropping or not attending a class reduces a student below half-time enrollment.
Full-time Pharmacy Students: First, second, and third professional year pharmacy students enrolled in 12 or more hours per term are classified as full-time students. Those with fewer than 12 hours per term are classified as part-time students. Fourth professional year pharmacy students enrolled in 4 or more hours per term are classified as full-time students; those with 3 or fewer hours per term are classified as part-time students.
Maximum Load: The maximum semester load for graduate students shall not exceed 15 hours. Some programs may have lower maximum requirements. In the event of extenuating circumstances, the dean may consider exceptions not to exceed 18 hours. The maximum semester load for students in the Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs shall not exceed 21 semester hours.
Dual Degree Issues: Graduate and professional students who are within 6 hours of earning their degree and who are in their last semester of their program may enroll in courses for another graduate degree if they have been admitted in advance to the new program. In such a situation, the maximum credit load still applies. The concurrent PharmD/MBA program is an exception to this policy.
Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate students at Harding who are within 9 hours of earning the baccalaureate degree from Harding may enroll for one semester (fall, spring, or summer) for graduate or professional courses, the number of which will be determined and approved in advance by the program director or dean of the specific graduate or professional program, provided that the resulting course load does not exceed 15 total hours. No more than 9 graduate or professional hours may be taken by an undergraduate student. In the event of extenuating circumstances, the dean may appeal to the Provost for exceptions.
Variations allowable under this policy are listed below:
(cannot exceed 9)
(cannot exceed 15)
Note: A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree may be awarded, upon request, to students who complete their three years of Harding’s prepharmacy requirements at Harding, who complete all the liberal arts requirements for a bachelor’s degree, and who successfully complete the entire first year curriculum in the first professional year at an approved College of Pharmacy.
The policies on academic standing may vary from program to program. It is imperative that each student become familiar with the policy for his or her specific program. Such policy statements are available in this catalog and/or the program handbook. Students on academic probation as defined by their program are not eligible to represent the University in any extracurricular activities, such as, but not limited to, serving on any College committee or holding an elected office in any College organization. Students holding such appointed or elected positions must resign the position as soon as they are notified of their academic probation.