Harding University

Searcy, AR 72149

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 LocaleTown: Distant
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Churches of Christ
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate82%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. RN to BSN
  2. LPN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. Family Nurse Practitioner
  5. BSN

    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.

    Admission Requirements:

    1. 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)
    2. An overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in pre-nursing courses
    3. 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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 37

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Harding University

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
96.3 miles away
Christian Brothers University
98.85 miles away
College of the Ozarks
126.55 miles away
Cox College
161.73 miles away
Union University
164.02 miles away
Freed-Hardeman University
174.41 miles away
Southwest Baptist University
187.31 miles away
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences
187.33 miles away
Bethel University
190.23 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading500 to 610
SAT: Math480 to 610
ACT Composite22 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$12,338
30k to 48k$14,788
48k to 75k$17,943
75k to 110k$19,613
Over 110k$20,076
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $598.00 $598.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $734.00 $734.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Race/ethnicity unknown

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Arkansas Nurses Foundation Research Grant

Arkansas Nurses Foundation provides research grant for nurses who hold an Arkansas Nursing license and graduated from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. 

Harding University - Tuition Waiver Exchange Program

The program allows the children of faculty members, staff and administrators of Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) affiliated colleges to attend a CCCU-affiliated college [...]

Ginny Blankenship Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a non-traditional nursing student attending East Arkansas Community College.

Peggy Pickens Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Nursing.

Harding University - National Merit Scholarship

Applicant must be a National Merit Finalist who has designated Harding University as his or her first-choice institution when completing the scholarship application. Applicants may change their [...]

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing
Harding University
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, AR 72149

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