Harding University Nursing School Review

Harding University (HU) is a private Christian institution that is located in Searcy, Arkansas. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It was established after the merger between Arkansas Christian College and Harper College in 1924. Recognized as being the first Campus of Character in October 2002, Harding University promotes the importance of good character and the necessary steps to nurture one.

The school is firmly rooted in its Christian values and this is a solid part of everyday life on campus. Among its different colleges is its College School of Nursing (Carr College of Nursing) that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Applications are welcome from students that wish to pursue a degree in nursing at the school. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year full-time track that builds on the school’s curriculum outline to prepare students for the challenges of the nursing professional. It also has a part-time program that allows working professionals and anyone else that is unable to enroll in the full-time track to take its nursing course. After successful completion, students can sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Once they pass and are not hindered in any way, they can enter the nursing profession in generalist positions.

Advanced Placement Track (APT) (RN to BSN, LPN to BSN)

This course option is open to licensed nurses that have already taken pre-requisite courses and possess an unencumbered current Arkansas nursing license. This applies to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and licensed psychiatric technical nurses. The course is a spin off from the Carr College of Nursing’s adoption of the articulation program that has been established in Arkansas to assist licensed nurses to gain higher education at a faster pace. Students must also have work experience and should not have obtained their degree or diploma 12 or more months before applying for admission to the program. In the absence for work experience, they must take the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NLN-ACE). The options available are:

Registered Nurses (RN to BSN):

Registered nurses can take the advanced placement track if they meet the requirements and hold an unencumbered current Arkansas state license. They are required to take the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams II — RN-BSN if more than 12 months have passed since they graduated and if they do not have the necessary work experience requested. They must complete pre-requisite courses to be eligible to enter the Advanced Placement Track. They may also opt to do the traditional track which consists of level I and II with options with sequence A or sequence B. As part of graduation requirement, they must also complete 8 hours of textual Bible classes.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN or LPTN):

Licensed practical nurses and licensed psychiatric technical nurses must sit the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams I-LPN-BSN (NLN-ACE) if they do not have the necessary work experience and graduated more than 12 months before seeking admission into the program. Students enter the traditional track and not the advanced placement track after completing the necessary prerequisite courses.


Harding University
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, Arkansas 72143

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