Since 1975, the mission of Harding University Carr College of Nursing has been to develop nurses as Christian servants. The University’s mission permeates classroom and clinical instruction taught by highly trained professionals from a Christ-centered worldview. Close faculty-student relationships and mentorships foster personal, academic and professional growth. Offering undergraduate and graduate programs prepares students to perform well in any healthcare setting.
What nursing tracks does Harding offer? The undergraduate tracks are designed to meet the individualized needs of students, all leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
These include: * Four-year, full-time/part-time traditional track * 18-month accelerated second-degree program * Individualized track for students who hold a current unencumbered nursing license without a bachelor’s degree. An individualized degree completion plan is collaboratively designed with the student (full-time/part-time available)
* Honors classes
The graduate tracks are designed to meet the individualized needs of professionals, resulting in a Master of Science in Nursing.
These include: * Family Nurse Practitioner * Full-time and part-time options * Customizable options for those who already have an MSN * Eligible to sit for national certification exam upon program completion * Delivery: hybrid format, with online courses and three on-campus intensives throughout the program * Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing * Traditional bachelor’s entry or accelerated bachelor’s to master’s options * Eligible to sit for NCLEX-RN exam upon program completion * Delivery: on campus with some online classes
What sets Harding trained nurses apart from other nursing schools? The undergraduate nursing program has a 99.2% first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate since 2016 and has been ranked the No. 1 Nursing Program in Arkansas by for four years in a row. This ranking is based on how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. (story continues below)

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Harding’s nursing graduates are well-equipped to enter the field, with high job placement rates and a 100% first-time Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification pass rate since the program’s first graduates in 2017.
The first of its kind in Arkansas, the master’s entry into professional nursing program prepares graduates for eligibility to take the national nursing license exam to become Registered Nurses. The program provides on-campus, state-of-the-art simulations and diverse clinical experiences in Searcy, Little Rock and surrounding counties to aid students in understanding patient clinical skills and administration and leadership in nursing. Applicants with any undergraduate degree can apply. There are Arkansas nursing prerequisites.
What if I have a degree in another field but have decided healthcare is my passion? The Master of Science in Nursing – Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing option is a great path for students who already have a bachelor’s in another area of study.
How do the programs interact with the community? Students assist in a variety of community clinical settings that serve diverse patient populations. They also provide health screenings at area churches and various university sponsored events.
Does Harding offer a study abroad program? For more than 40 years, Harding has been training nurses not only for a career in traditional healthcare settings but also to work in health missions. Medical mission opportunities exist locally and abroad in short-term and long-term options. Opportunities are open to graduate and undergraduate students.