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Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ page is divided into these parts: General FAQs, Admissions FAQs, Prerequisite Coursework FAQs, and International Students FAQs.

General FAQs

  1. What is DKICP’s accreditation status?

  2. What is Pre-pharmacy? What is Pacific Pre-pharmacy? What is the difference between the Pre-pharmacy programs and the prerequisite courses?

  3. What is the cost for in-state and out-of-state tuition?

  4. How do I become a resident of Hawaii?

  5. Does DKICP participate in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)?

  6. How can I request more information about the DKICP?

Admissions FAQs

  1. What does the rolling application process mean?

  2. How many students are accepted every year?

  3. How can I increase my chances of being accepted?

  4. How is GPA calculated and what is the minimum requirement?

  5. Does your school offer an academic forgiveness policy for admissions into the PharmD program?

  6. Will my January PCAT scores be accepted?

  7. If I have taken the PCAT multiple times which PCAT score will the Admissions Committee consider as they review my application?

  8. Is there a preference on who writes the letters of recommendation?

  9. In reference to the supplemental application, if I’m not a Hawaii resident, do I still need to fill out the residency declaration form?

  10. Can I transfer into the program before completing my Associates or Bachelors degree?

  11. Can I apply to transfer into DKICP from another Pharm.D. program?

  12. How does the DKICP Alternate List work?

  13. How do I remove my name from the DKICP Alternate List?

  14. Can I apply for financial aid before being accepted?

  15. Are there other scholarships available?

  16. What can I expect after being accepted?

Prerequisite Coursework FAQs

  1. How can I find out if the courses I have taken meet the prerequisites?

  2. Will Advanced Placement (AP) credit be accepted for prerequisite courses?

  3. Will Pass/Fail classes be accepted for prerequisites?

  4. Can one course count toward more than one category?

  5. Can the same course prefix be used towards two different categories?

  6. Will science courses for non-science majors be accepted?

  7. If an institution does not offer "general biology", but offers "botany" and "zoology", is this acceptable?

  8. Can two courses with the same prefix be used towards the Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science categories?

  9. What types of courses meet the Humanities requirements?

  10. What types of courses will meet the Cultural Diversity Component requirement?

  11. What types of courses meet the Social/Behavioral Science requirements?

  12. Does Statistics count towards Social Science or Humanities?

International Students FAQs

  1. Will course work taken at a foreign university be accepted?

  2. What is the cost for an international student?

  3. Is the TOFEL exam required?

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General FAQs

What is DKICP’s accreditation status?
The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

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What is Pre-pharmacy? What is Pacific Pre-pharmacy? What is the difference between the Pre-pharmacy programs and the prerequisite courses?
The Pre-pharmacy program is a comprehensive preparatory program of study toward admittance into the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Pacific pre-pharmacy is similar, with the same coursework and purpose, except it is designed specifically to address the needs of applicants from traditionally underserved Pacific island areas who aspire to enter the Pharm.D. program. As the sole provider of the professional pharmacy degree in the Pacific basin, UH Hilo has a unique responsibility to serve Pacific islanders, and to help advance pharmacy education and healthcare for the entire region.

You do not need to be enrolled in our pre-pharmacy programs, or any other, in order to apply or be admitted to our Pharm.D. program. You need only complete the prerequisite courses listed on our Admissions page, which are the same as the classes offered in our pre-pharmacy curriculum. However, pre-pharmacy offers students additional resources, advising, and exposure to the University and to the pharmacy field, making it an option an interested student should consider. Please visit the Pre-Pharmacy Program or Pacific Pre-Pharmacy Program web sites to learn more about these programs.

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What is the cost for in-state and out-of-state tuition?
For tuition information please visit the UH Hilo Tuition Schedule page.

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How do I become a resident of Hawaii?
Please see Questions and Answers About the University of Hawaiʻi's Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes AND Determination of Residency. Please read these documents carefully, and note that moving to Hawaii solely for educational purposes is not, by itself, sufficient to establish residency. An out-of-state resident will typically pay non-resident tuition throughout the program.

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Does DKICP participate in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)?
Yes, the DKICP is a participating institution with WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). Alaska and Nevada will provide support for their residents to attend WICHE schools for Pharmacy education.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR HAWAII RESIDENTS: Residents of the State of Hawaii planning to attend a pharmacy school out of state will not be eligible to apply for financial support through WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). Since DKICP achieved full accreditation status in June 2011, Hawaii residents will no longer be eligible for WICHE support in the field of pharmacy because there is a fully accredited Pharm.D. program where resident tuition rates are offered. Hawaii students who have already enrolled in pharmacy studies at other cooperating institutions through WICHE's PSEP will continue receiving support for the duration of their studies (up to four years).

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How can I request more information about the DKICP?
At this time we do not send out informational brochures. The most up-to-date information is located on our website.

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Admissions FAQs

What does the rolling application process mean?
The rolling application process means that we review applications on an on-going basis from the beginning of the application year until all seats in the class are full. Once we receive completed applications they are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and interviews are offered throughout the year to qualified students. Some qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list. It is to your advantage to turn your application in as early as possible because of this process.

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How many students are accepted every year?
We accept 80-90 students every Fall of which approximately 50% are non-residents and 50% are Hawaii residents.

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How can I increase my chances of being accepted?
DKICP operates on a competitive, rolling admissions process. The application review process begins in August 2014 and continues until all seats are filled. Early submission of complete application materials is strongly recommended and will increase a qualified applicant’s chance of receiving an interview and possible offer.

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How is GPA calculated and what is the minimum requirement?
GPA is calculated through PharmCAS. Read more about GPA Calculations for details. There is no minimum GPA required in order to apply.

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Does your school offer an academic forgiveness policy for admissions into the PharmD program?
Yes, an applicant may request that the admissions committee review only the last 60 credits of academic coursework as a consideration for admission to the PharmD program if he/she can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances which contributed to or caused the student to do poorly.

Guidelines for consideration must include:
  1. During the last 60 credit hours the student must demonstrate three successful semesters of a 3.0 GPA or higher. Each of these semesters must be comprised of two science prerequisites including labs and two additional 3-credit courses of the students choosing for a minimum total of 14 credit hours per semester. The courses must be taken at a 4-year degree granting regionally accredited University. Community College classes will not be considered.
  2. A student must complete an essay on the supplemental application explaining the extraordinary circumstances which contributed to the student’s academic challenges and the specific reason for requesting academic forgiveness.

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Will my January PCAT scores be accepted?
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 a candidate has not taken the PCAT before January 2015. If applicants meet the February 2, 2015 PharmCAS deadline, PharmCAS will continue to send to us all of your updates and test scores until the close of the application year on April 1, 2015.

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If I have taken the PCAT multiple times which PCAT score will the Admissions Committee consider as they review my application?
The Admissions Committee reviews your best overall composite score. Results of PCAT exams taken prior to 2010 will not be considered.

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Is there a preference on who writes the letters of recommendation?
We do not accept letters of recommendation from friends or family members. We recommend that you seek out reference letters from individuals who have had direct experience with you in an educational and/or professional setting (employment, community service, etc) that can attest to your work ethic, character and skills. This may include professors, pharmacists you have worked with, supervisors, and/or club advisors.

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In reference to the supplemental application, if I’m not a Hawaii resident, do I still need to fill out the residency declaration form?
Yes, every applicant is required to complete this form. However, non-residents only need to complete Section A.

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Can I transfer into the program before completing my Associates or Bachelors degree?
Yes, applicants do not need a degree in order to apply to or be accepted into the DKICP. Students must complete, or be in the process of completing all prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of "C". However, our Admissions Committee gives preference to those students with a Bachelors degree.

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Can I apply to transfer into DKICP from another Pharm.D. program?
DKICP may accept transfer students from other ACPE accredited pharmacy schools, as long as these students are in good academic standing and have legitimate reasons for seeking a transfer. Transfer applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing all required prerequisite courses listed on the admissions website.

Transfer students will only be accepted for Fall enrollment. Complete applications for transfer are due by February 1st of the matriculation year. It is important to note that there is no guarantee that coursework taken at a previous College of Pharmacy will transfer into the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Students may only transfer didactic coursework and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE). Advanced Pharmacy Practice experience (APPE) will not be considered for transfer credit.

To be considered for transfer the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Complete, or be in the process of completing all required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better, as listed on the admissions website.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good academic standing in an ACPE accredited pharmacy school.
  3. Have a legitimate reason for seeking transfer.
  4. Submit all of the application materials as indicated below.

To apply as a transfer student, do not complete a PharmCAS application, instead please submit the following documents:

  1. A letter to the Director of Student Services indicating why the applicant wishes to transfer and explaining any difficulties encountered at his/her current institution.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended - undergraduate, graduate, and professional.
  3. A catalog and a detailed pharmacy syllabus for any courses for which advanced standing consideration is requested.
  4. A letter from the Dean of the pharmacy school/college in which the student is enrolled. The letter must indicate the student’s current academic status and/or terms of withdrawal/dismissal.
  5. The applicant must also complete a DKICP Supplemental Application Form, residency declaration form and submit a $50 application fee (instructions for this process and application forms are available via email request to pharmacy@hawaii.edu).

All of the above documents are to be sent to:

Director of Student Services
UH Hilo DKICP
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720

OR

pharmacy@hawaii.edu

Upon receipt of all required application components noted above, the complete file and applicant profile will reviewed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. If the review is positive the applicant’s file will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for consideration. Additional documents or letters of recommendation may be required as determined necessary by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of DKICP or by the Chair of Admissions Committee. After review of the application, the Admissions Committee will decide to invite the applicant for an interview or reject the applicant.

Please note that students who are not in good academic standing at their pharmacy school will not be considered for transfer.

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How does the DKICP Alternate List work?
After the interview process is complete an applicant may be offered a letter of acceptance, placed on the alternate list or denied. DKICP operates a rolling admissions process and changes are being made to both the candidate pool and the alternate list throughout the admissions cycle. Due to this, applicants are not given a specific rank on the alternate list. The alternate list is kept open and active until after the first day of classes in August at which time all alternates who were not selected for admission will be sent a denial letter via email.

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How do I remove my name from the DKICP Alternate List?
If you are no longer interested in being considered as an applicant on the DKICP Alternate List, please let us know by emailing pharmacy@hawaii.edu. We appreciate your updates.

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Can I apply for financial aid before being accepted?
You may submit a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January and indicate the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo); code number 001611, however, you must be accepted for admission before a financial aid award can be issued.

For more information, please visit UH Hilo Financial Aid Office’s website: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/financialaid/

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Are there other scholarships available?
Majority of DKICP scholarships are available to P2, P3 and P4 students. The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize and reward students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance in the PharmD curriculum and have shown a commitment to leadership and community activities within the College.

DKICP offers a Merit-Based Scholarship Award to incoming P1 students which recognizes exceptional academic achievements and will take academic and leadership success into consideration. Award amounts may vary. Eligibility criteria includes being a DKICP PharmD student, having a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5, having a minimum composite PCAT score of 50, having a Bachelor’s Degree and being a US resident. The application and additional details will be provided upon acceptance.

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What can I expect after being accepted?
To secure your seat, a matriculation agreement and a $500 non-refundable seat deposit is required. Incoming students will need to provide original transcripts (transcripts sent to PharmCAS during the application process will not fulfill this requirement), proof of a current CPR with AED certification, proof of health insurance, and various immunization (PPD, MMR, Varicella, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis, and Hepatitis B) and health clearance documents. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance.

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Prerequisite Coursework FAQs

How can I find out if the courses I have taken meet the prerequisites?
The DKICP will accept classes from all regionally accredited institutions. Please read the information below carefully, this will help you to determine what types of classes will fulfill the requirements. It is also suggested that you meet with an academic advisor from your home institution and provide them with this information; they will be able to make educated suggestions. When you submit your completed application with the prerequisite checklist, the Admissions Committee will review your courses. If you are missing a prerequisite you will be notified in writing by the Office of Student Services. If you have taken a course which may meet one of these requirements but is not an obvious match, we can review an email request which includes: course description from the college's website, catalog, or class syllabus, name of the institution from which the course is being taught, and the number of credits. Please email this request to pharmacy@hawaii.edu.

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Will Advanced Placement (AP) credit be accepted for prerequisite courses?
AP test scores which appear as credit received on a regionally accredited college transcript will be accepted. AP test scores will be accepted for lecture-based courses only. In other words, AP credits cannot be used toward lab requirements.

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Will Pass/Fail classes be accepted for prerequisites?
We will not accept pass/fail classes for prerequisites.

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Can one course count towards more than one category?
No, courses may not be counted for more than one prerequisite requirement. In other words, one course may be used toward only one requirement.

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Can the same course prefix be used towards two different categories?
You may use the same course prefix for two different categories where appropriate. For example: COMM – Public Speaking will meet the Speech requirement and COMM – Intercultural Communications will meet the Humanities requirement.

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Will science courses for non-science majors be accepted?
We will not accept any science course which contains the designation "for non-science majors", "for liberal arts majors only", or "not intended for science majors". You must complete the science courses designed for science majors, with labs, in order for them to be accepted.

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If an institution does not offer "general biology", but offers "botany" and "zoology", is this acceptable?
There are often differences in nomenclature between the courses offered at various colleges, and sometimes this can lead to confusion. We want our applicants to complete the sequence of general biology classes designed for science/biology/pre-health majors at their particular school, with labs, and to meet our requirement for credit hours. General biology courses are sometimes called "botany and zoology", or by other names, so consult with the registration or advising office at the school which offers them, to make sure you enroll in the right ones. Mentioning to staff that you are taking the courses for pharmacy school admission usually leads to the correct selection.

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Can two courses with the same prefix be used towards the Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science categories?
You may not use two courses with the same course prefix for the Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science category. For instance you may not use two Art (ART) courses for the Humanities requirement.

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What types of courses meet the Humanities requirements?
In general classes which are taken in the following disciplines will meet the Humanities prerequisite: Art, Linguistics, Communication, Performing Arts (Dance, Drama, Music), English, Philosophy, Ethics, Hawaiian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies and Languages other than English.

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What types of courses will meet the Cultural Diversity Component requirement?
Our requirement for a course with a cultural diversity component is generally met by classes such as: World History (prehistory to 1500), World History (1500 to the present), Culture Revitalization Movements, World Religions, World Literature (Classical to 17th Century) World Literature (17th Century to the present), Literature of the Earth, Geography of World Regions, Sustainable Agriculture and Cultural Anthropology. In general it is a class which exposes the student to different cultures and lifestyles. If you have taken a similar course and would like our Admissions Committee to review it to determine if it meets our requirement, please submit an email request to pharmacy@hawaii.edu which includes: the course description, name of institution from which the course is being taught, and the number of credits.

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What types of courses meet the Social/Behavioral Science requirements?
In general classes which are taken in the following disciplines will meet the Social/Behavioral Science requirement: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography and Women’s Studies. Classes such as Introduction to Business and Agricultural Economics will also meet this requirement.

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Does Statistics count towards Social Science or Humanities?
No, Statistics will not count towards any prerequisite.

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International Students FAQs

Will course work taken at a foreign university be accepted?
Students with international transcripts must have their transcripts analyzed by a foreign transcript service. These foreign transcript evaluation reports are submitted to PharmCAS. PharmCAS will provide DKICP with this information. UH Hilo will accept evaluations from WES, ECE or Josef Silny & Associates. Please visit the PharmCAS - INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS page for more information on this process and to view the contact list of Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services.

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What is the cost for an international student?
For tuition information please visit the UH Hilo Tuition Schedule page. 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.

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Is the TOFEL exam required?
No, international applicants are not required to take the TOFEL exam. However, international applicants must 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.

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