Hawaii Pharmacy School Options and Course Overviews

Jul 19, 2019

Hawaii has one school that offers multiple pharmacy programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for one public university to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Students in Hawaii who want to pursue degrees in pharmacy-related studies have a number of programs from which to choose, all offered by the same public four-year university. Programs include a pre-pharmacy program, a Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies (BAPS), a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, or a Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.). Practicum hours are mandated of all degree-seeking students and included in all programs save the pre-pharmacy track. The Doctor of Pharmacy will prepare you for licensure as a pharmacist, while the doctoral program in pharmaceutical science is designed for students currently working in the pharmacy field.

University of Hawaii at Hilo's Pharmacy Programs

The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) established the College of Pharmacy in 2006; the program received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in 2011. With a total enrollment of about 4,000 students attending the university, UH Hilo offers a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 and an average class size of 20 students. Approximately 180 students are enrolled in the school's pharmacy program.

The pre-pharmacy program at UH Hilo consists of two years of concentrated coursework that is required to be considered for acceptance into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Pre-pharmacy coursework is very similar to foundation courses required for a biology or chemistry degree at the school; students take classes in biology, microbiology, calculus, chemistry, and human anatomy.

The 4-year, Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies (BAPS) degree program provides preparation for those students who plan to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree; the BAPS degree is only offered to students who are in the Pharm.D. track. Coursework during the first and second years focuses on biology, microbiology, chemistry, human anatomy, and physiology. Studies during the third and fourth years progress to more advanced topics that include pharmacokinetics, pathophysiology, toxicology, biostatistics, biochemistry-metabolism, and integrated therapeutics.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is a 4-year degree program, the curriculum of which focuses on the competency areas of patient-centered care, patient safety, team relationships, technologically informed practices, and inter-professional education (IPE). In addition to core program coursework, students will complete 36 core credit hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) during the fourth year of study in settings that include hospital pharmacies, community practices, ambulatory care, and medicine.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.) is designed for those students who have completed prior pharmacy degree programs and individuals who presently hold pharmacy positions. Prospective students can pursue focused studies in the areas of pharmacology, pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry, or pharmaceutics.

Career Information

Pharmacy students are required to earn at least 300 hours of on-site pharmaceutical experience, referred to as the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences or IPPEs, during their first three years. The IPPE requirements take place in diverse settings around Hawaii, such as a long-term care facilities, hospital pharmacies, community health care clinics, and retail pharmacies. Read on for more detailed information about the pharmacy programs offered in Hawaii.

School at a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Pharmacy Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
University of Hawaii at Hilo 4-year; public; remote town Pre-Pharmacy Program,
Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies (BAPS),
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.),
Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.)
$7,720 in-state; $20,680 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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