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Pre-Pharmacy, is a minimum two-year comprehensive preparatory program of study toward admittance into the professional curriculum leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP).

The Pre-Pharmacy Program is not a major at UH Hilo. Completion of the curriculum, however, provides students with the necessary prerequisite course requirements for application to the DKICP Pharm.D. Program. All participating students receive specialized advising toward the development of an academic plan and guidance on the application process to pharmacy schools.

The requirements may be completed within two-three years of intensive study, after which successful applicants to the Pharm.D. Program, continue their studies for an additional four years, for a minimum of six years of college.

Completion of the Pre-Pharmacy curriculum does not guarantee admission into the DKICP.


Develop and expand academic options, advising, mentorship, and community service opportunities for students for fulfillment of pre-pharmacy academic requirements and other pre-professional preparatory experiences toward successful application to the DKICP, or other institutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Help in assessing student’s interest in the career of pharmacy
  • Support and mentorship with course planning and registration
  • Individualized advising and support as needed for each student
  • Access to a network of other Pre-Pharmacy students through the Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Access to the Pre-Pharmacy Orientation course each Spring semester

Prospects for Graduates

Advising is a very important resource designed to help students complete the requirements of the University and their individual majors. Students should consult with their advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, check progress towards graduation, and discuss career options and other educational opportunities provided by UH Hilo.

Advising is a shared responsibility, but students have final responsibility for meeting degree requirements.