The University of Hawaii at Hilo
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

Applicants may request individual deadline extensions by emailing through June 1, 2016. Candidates must create a PharmCAS account by May 18, 2016 and must provide their PharmCAS ID number in the email request.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • 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 
      • Email: 

      • 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 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 Saipan 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).


    For additional information, please visit

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 180
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 85
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 11
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 45
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.2
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: Approximately 45 seats
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: Approximately 45 seats
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: No minimum
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: No minimum
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-48
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 6.4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66  99 
      General Biology I & II for Science Majors with Labs   12 
      Microbiology with Labs  
      Economics   4.5 
      Communications (with a public speaking component)  4.5 
      General Chemistry I & II for Science Majors with Labs   12 
      Organic Chemistry I & II for Science Majors with Labs   12 
      Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Labs   12 
      Calculus 1 or Advanced Calculus   4.5 
      English (including 3 credits of composition) 
      A course that includes a world/cultural diversity component   4.5 
      Social/Behavioral Sciences  
    • Additional Information: 

      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 ( or email the DKICP Office of Student Services at

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The application selection process operates on rolling admissions thus early submission is strongly recommended. Review of complete applications will begin as early as August 2015.
      • Deadline: A due date will be indicated in the email request. 
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Upon receipt of your PharmCAS application the Admissions Committee will request a supplemental application via email.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2011
      • Details: 

        Applicants are encouraged to take the PCAT in July or September of the application year or earlier. January 2016 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 2016.



      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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: 02/01/2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      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. 

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • In-person interviews are conducted from December through May with additional interviews as needed. Interviews for Early Decision will be conducted in October. 
    • Details: 

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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? Response deadline will be indicated on the acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Response deadline will be indicated on the acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 15-18, 2016 
      • Details: Dates are subject to change. Orientation is mandatory for DKICP students.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 22, 2016. Date is subject to change.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No