Harding College of Pharmacy Receives Candidate Accreditation

SEARCY ⎯ Harding University's College of Pharmacy has been advanced to candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

The college will maintain accreditation for the standard two-year term through June 30, 2011. Candidate status is the second step leading to full accreditation. All colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. must be accredited by ACPE.

ACPE requires pharmacy programs to participate in an onsite campus visit with council officials and provide documentation that the program meets all 30 of the accreditation standards. The six
categories for standards are mission planning and evaluation, organization and administration, curriculum, students, faculty and staff, and facilities and resources.

Harding's College of Pharmacy opened its doors in October 2008 with a class of 59 students. The program can seek full accreditation status after the first class graduates in 2012. More than 60 new students are enrolled to begin the fall 2009 semester in the pharmacy program at Harding.

Harding has one of only two colleges of pharmacy in Arkansas. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences also offers a college of pharmacy.