Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program

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Program Description

UH Hilo - the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) offers a four-year course of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 arenas 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. UH Hilo - 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).

DKICP also offers Pharmacy students the option to complete one of the following certificate programs while completing the PharmD degree, at no extra cost or time in the program:

Certificate in Health Sciences Research (Click here for more information)

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership (Click here for more information)

Certificate in Rural Health (Click here for more information)

Student Handbook and Curriculum

View or download:

Student Handbook Rev. 8/2017

View the Pharm.D. Curriculum

DKICP modified version of the CAPE Educational Outcomes

ACPE chose AACP’s Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) Outcomes 2013 as the framework for establishing expected educational outcomes (ACPE Standards 1-4) for Doctor of Pharmacy programs. In addition to the CAPE Outcomes, ACPE encouraged colleges and schools to establish their own, institution-specific set of educational outcomes based on their mission, vision, goals, and objectives. DKICP faculty voted to adopt a modified version of the CAPE Educational Outcomes as the professional outcomes for the PharmD program.


See Pharm.D. Admission Requirements.