The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) was founded in 1947 and is one of three 4-year institutions in the University of Hawaii system. In 2005, the UH Hilo's College of Pharmacy was launched through the recruitment of the Founding Dean, John M. Pezzuto. In 2007, the college accepted enrollment of its inaugural class, composed of 90 students. Full Accreditation status was awarded 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.
DKICP offers a four-year course of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The curriculum, rooted in basic, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences, is designed for students to acquire knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of pharmacy practice. The social, behavioral and administrative sciences that inform pharmaceutical care are integrated throughout the curriculum. Pharmacy practice areas of therapeutics, drug information, pharmaceutical care, and experiential education permeate each year through Pharmacy Practice Experiences (PPE). PPE capitalizes on community outreach and service learning that taps into Hawaii's cultural values and diverse biosphere inclusive of its Native Hawaiian Health systems and community practices that embody cultural healing and alternative therapeutics. The wide range of medical specialties available among different healthcare institutions throughout the United States and U.S. Territories such as Guam, American Samoa and Puerto Rico provide clinical sites to fulfill ACPE requirements. DKICP embraces the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) five core competencies for the health science disciplines as key components of the curriculum. These include patient safety, patient centered care, team relationships, technologically informed practices and inter-professional education (IPE), which are also endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Biology I & II for Science Majors with Labs||8||12|
|Microbiology with Labs||4||6|
|Communications (with a public speaking component)||3||4.5|
|General Chemistry I & II for Science Majors with Labs||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry I & II for Science Majors with Labs||8||12|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Labs||8||12|
|Calculus 1 or Advanced Calculus||3||4.5|
|English (including 3 credits of composition)||6||9|
|A course that includes a world/cultural diversity component||3||4.5|
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. Please visit the DKICP website for further information (http://pharmacy.uhh.hawaii.edu/) or email the DKICP Office of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon receipt of your PharmCAS application the Admissions Committee will request a supplemental application via email.
Applicants are encouraged to take the PCAT in July or September of the application year or earlier. January 2015 PCAT scores will be reviewed, however chances to receive an interview and subsequent offer are reduced significantly if candidate has not previously taken the PCAT before January 2015.
PCAT requirement will be waived for those with a conferred Bachelor's Degree at the time of application.
The DKICP will accept evaluations from WES, ECE, or Josef Silny & Associates. 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, 15 semester hours must be allocated 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.
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. Eligible students will be invited for a personal interview and are contacted via email. DKICP conducts closed file interviews. 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.