University of Hawaii at Hilo

The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Kristy Fujii
Admissions Counselor

DKICP Student Services

200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Phone (Work): 808-932-7140

Phone (Fax): 808-933-3889

Cara Suefuji
Academic Support Specialist

DKICP Student Services

200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Phone (Work): 808-932-7700

Phone (Fax): 808-933-3889


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) was founded in 1947 and is one of three universities in the University of Hawaii System.  UH Hilo’s diverse population combined with its unique location provides a supportive environment that prepares students to work with a wide variety of patients and situations.  The College of Pharmacy received full accreditation in June 2011 after the first group of PharmD students graduated in May 2011.  In 2013, the College was named the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) in honor of the late US Senator.  Construction for DKICP's permanent building began in Fall 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2018.  

DKICP embraces the Institute of Medicine's five core competencies for healthcare professionals as key components of the curriculum.  These include providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, applying evidence-based practice, implementing quality improvements, and utilizing information technology.  Pharmacy practice areas of drug information, therapeutics, pharmaceutical care, and experiential education permeate each year.  The curriculum incorporates community outreach and service learning while embracing Hawaii's cultural values.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 80-90
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 80-90
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 31%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 69%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.1
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-46
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 66  99 
English (one course in composition) 
Humanities (examples include Art, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Linguistics, etc.) 
Social/Behavioral Sciences (examples include Psychology, Sociology, History, Political Sciences, Anthropology, etc.) 
World Cultural Diversity (examples include World History, World Literature, Cultural Anthropology, World Religions, etc.) 
Speech/Communication (must include a public speaking component) 
Calculus I 
General Biology with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 
Microbiology with Lab 
General Chemistry with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 
Organic Chemistry with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 

Additional Information

Coursework completed over five years ago will be reviewed for acceptability.  It is the applicant's responsibility to be aware and to fulfill the prerequisites as set for the year which they are seeking entry.  If accepted, admission is contingent upon the successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” (C- grades are not accepted). Students may be in the process of completing prerequisite coursework at the time of application.  

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The supplemental application is integrated into the "Program Materials" section of PharmCAS. A non-refundable $50 supplemental (institutional) application fee is also required and can be paid online at
Deadline: The "Program Materials" section should be completed at the same time your PharmCAS application is submitted.
Supplemental Application fee: $50.00

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 06/03/2019 Received by deadline

International applicants, including Canadian applicants, must also complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework in the United States at any regionally accredited college or university. Of the 30 required semester hours, six (6) semester hours must be allocated to English courses, three (3) semester hours to Speech/Communication, and 15 semester hours to non-remedial science courses.

If accepted, international students will need to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover one year of tuition, health insurance, fees, and cost of living; provide a copy of their Passport, Visa, and Form I-20; and must also attend an international student orientation. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Pharmacist


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Interviews are conducted from September through June with additional interviews as needed

Upon receipt of all required application components, the complete file and applicant profile will be reviewed by the DKICP Admissions Committee.  At that time, the Committee will decide either to invite the candidate for an interview, place the candidate on hold for further review, or reject the applicant.  Selected students will be invited for an interview and are contacted via email.  Interviews can be conducted in-person or via video conference and are closed file.  In closed file interviews, the interviewer is not provided with any information about the candidate except for their name.  This approach was selected by the Admissions Committee as it helps remove preconceived biases based on students' experiences, grades, test scores, personal statements, etc.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent via email approximately 2-3 weeks after an interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Approximately one week from the date of offer
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Due: Approximately one week from the date of offer
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 19-23, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 26, 2019. Date is subject to change.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No