Harding receives pre-candidate accreditation for College of Pharmacy

SEARCY, Ark. – The Harding University College of Pharmacy has received pre-candidate accreditation status and will seat its inaugural class this fall, President David B. Burks announced to students, faculty and staff in chapel Tuesday (1/15/08).

“A newly instituted doctor of pharmacy program of a college or school of pharmacy must be granted each of two pre-accreditation statuses at the appropriate stage of its development,” explains Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “Our faculty members are hired, and we look forward to enrolling 60 students for our inaugural class in August.”

A total of 35 students — representing 11 states — have been interviewed and accepted for enrollment this fall. More than 245 applications have already been received for the approximately 25 remaining spots.

On Nov. 14-15, representatives from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) conducted a pre-candidate accreditation site visit at Harding. The College of Pharmacy was awarded pre-candidate accreditation status through June 30, 2009, by the board of directors of the ACPE at its January 2008 meeting. The granting of pre-candidate status indicates that a college’s or school’s planning for the doctor of pharmacy program has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurances of moving to the next step, that of candidate status. ACPE will schedule a site visit for spring 2009 to consider the college’s advancement to candidate status.

Hixson-Wallace formerly served as assistant dean for administration and clinical associate professor at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta. She holds the doctor of pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, where she worked in various capacities from 1994 until her appointment at Harding in 2006.

Harding’s College of Pharmacy is designed to meet the University’s mission of providing a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.

The College of Pharmacy will offer a four-year program of study leading to the doctor of pharmacy ( Pharm.D.) degree. Curriculum will emphasize the integration of faith, learning and living; development of Christian scholarship; promotion of Christian ethics; and promotion of citizenship within a global perspective through participation in mission efforts.

Plans for the new health sciences center are proceeding on schedule. The 40,000-square-foot facility will house both the pharmacy and physician assistant programs.

Harding had a record enrollment this year of more than 6,300 students from 49 states and 52 foreign countries. It is the largest private university in Arkansas and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France/Switzerland, Greece, Italy and Zambia.

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