Harding University is the largest private university in Arkansas, with the main campus in Searcy and three satellite campuses throughout the state. The school was founded in 1924 and now includes 49 buildings on the main campus and a growing student body. 5,541 students were enrolled for the Fall 2017 semester. The university includes nine colleges, including the Carr College of Nursing. Students are encouraged to participate in local devotionals, churches, and social clubs while forbidding the formation of fraternities and sororities. Harding University is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and students are required to attend a daily informational and devotional seminar referred to by the students as "chapel".
The Harding University Carr College of Nursing offers several nursing programs, including the traditional BSN track. The nursing program was founded in 1975 and is now ranked as the top nursing program in Arkansas. Other programs include an accelerated 2nd-degree BSN track and a graduate program for a Master of Science in nursing (MSN). The MNS track is for those that want to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and the classes are only offered online. All programs are accredited by the CCNE and have full approval from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN).
|Campus LocaleDistant Town|
|Number of Students5,541|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
Churches of Christ
|On Campus HousingYes|
The Harding University nursing program is fully approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc.
The program offers two tracks to meet the needs of students. The first track is a Traditional full time program which awards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, with part time student options available.
The second track is the Advanced Placement Track available to students who possess a current and unencumbered nursing license in the State of Arkansas (RN to BSN, LPN to BSN). The college designs an individualized degree plan in collaboration with the student toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree with full time and part time options available.
- High School Diploma or GED equivalency certificate (Students who attain a 3.0 high school grade point average and an ACT composite score of 19 or a SAT combined critical reading and math score of 900 qualify academically for unconditional admission)
- An overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in pre-nursing courses
- Two References
There are two admissions every year. Applications for admission in fall must be received by the school by the 1st of March and applications for the spring semester must be received by the 1st of October.
Successful applicants must be present health documents showing health status, completing of current of immunizations (Varicella, Hepatits A and B vaccinations, tuberculosis skin test/chest x-ray, influenza vaccination and other laboratory test), current certification CPR, health and disability coverage prior to
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission|
01/01/1954 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program|
04/01/1980 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1050 to 1280|
|ACT||22 to 28|
|Secondary school GPA Recommended|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$623/credit|
|In State Students||$623/credit|
|Out of State Students||$623/credit|
|In District Students||$679/credit|
|In State Students||$679/credit|
|Out of State Students||$679/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Harding University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||11%||$921|
|State Grant & Scholarships||24%||$2,045|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||95%||$7,800|
|Federal Student Loans||57%||$6,692|
$19,317Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$13,442|
|$30,001 to $48,000$15,576|
|$48,001 to $75,000$18,208|
|$75,001 to $110,000$21,566|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.