Accreditation Disclosure Statement

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). ACPE accredits all pharmacy programs in the U.S. through a three-step process.

  1. Pre-candidate Status: A new program that has no students enrolled but meets the eligibility criteria for accreditation may be granted Pre-candidate accreditation status. The granting of Pre-candidate status indicates that a college or school’s planning for the Doctor of Pharmacy program has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurances of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. DKICP was awarded Pre-candidate status in June 2007.

  2. Candidate Status: Once students have enrolled in a new program, but the program has not had a graduating class, the program may be granted Candidate status. The granting of Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Reasonable assurances are expected to be provided that the program may become accredited as programmatic experiences are gained, generally, by the time the first class has graduated. Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate status have the same rights and privileges as graduates of an accredited program including the ability to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). DKICP was awarded Candidate status during the June 2008 ACPE Board Meeting.

  3. Full Status: Full accreditation status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. Based upon an on-site visit and thorough review, DKICP was granted full accreditation in June 2011 and was granted continuation of full accreditation in June 2017. The status extends to June 30, 2025.

Accreditation Standards Complaints

Unresolved, student complaints related to accreditation standards should be directed to Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 3000, Chicago, Illinois 60603-3446, (312) 664-3575, fax (866) 228-2631;