Which Hawaii Schools Offer Pharmacy Programs?

Learn about pharmacy schools in Hawaii. Get information about degrees and programs available and admission requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Pharmacy Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Pharmacy degrees can range from certificate programs, which allow for entry-level work in a pharmacy working under a licensed pharmacist, to full doctoral programs designed for those wanting to become practicing pharmacists. Hawaii offers a certificate program at a 2-year school and several options for degree programs at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

What You Need to Know

Some pharmacy programs in the area for those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians or pharmacists; however, pharmacy studies programs are available for those interested in research, business or academic positions. Aspiring pharmacy technicians can study for 18 weeks at an institute and earn a certificate of completion. This program includes an internship at a pharmacy, and it prepares students to take the national certification test for pharmacy technicians.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree can focus on pharmacy studies, or they can enroll in a pre-pharmacy program if they plan to pursue a doctorate. Doctor of Pharmacy programs generally take four years of study and include biomedical, pharmaceutical and basic sciences coursework. Students also do some professional practice and can take state and national pharmacist licensure exams after they meet all the qualifications. There's also a pharmaceutical sciences doctoral program that includes a dissertation and leads to leadership career opportunities. Keep reading to explore pharmacy programs in Hawaii.

Pharmacy Certificate Programs in Hawaii

Hawaii Technology Institute

The 18-week certificate curriculum is a non-credit program with evening courses. It includes 15 weeks of classroom study and a 3-week pharmacy internship. You prepare for an entry-level position as a pharmacy assistant or technician in an institutional or ambulatory care pharmaceutical setting. You learn about calculations, pharmacy ethics and law, record management and pharmacology. Upon completion of the program, you qualify to sit for the national certification test.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Completion in Pharmacy Technician
  • Program Length: 18 weeks full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: Unavailable
  • Admission Requirements: Tuberculosis clearance card, immunizations (Hepatitis B and measles), English and math basic skills test scores
  • School Type: Less than 2-year, private not-for-profit

Pharmacy Bachelor's Programs in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Hilo

This degree program provides you with a solid foundation in basic sciences and liberal arts, along with courses in pharmacy. You participate in lecture courses, labs and introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs). Pharmacy-related class topics include pharmaceutics, metabolism, pathophysiology, toxicology and disease prevention. Completion of this program alone does not qualify you for licensure as a pharmacist, but it can lead to a career in research, business or academia.

The College of Pharmacy also administers a pre-pharmacy program, which lasts two years and is required to be admitted into the Pharm.D. program. Completing this sequence doesn't guarantee admission, but it can lead to a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Chemistry if admission is denied.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies
  • Program Length: Four years full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,332 per year for residents; $19,788 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Acceptance in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 3,400 undergraduates (about 600 graduates)

Pharm.D. Programs in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Hilo

The curriculum grounds itself in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and basic sciences. You take courses in pharmaceutics, integrated therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, disease prevention, complementary medicine, pharmacoeconomics and toxicology. From the first to third year, you complete IPPEs. For the fourth year, you complete advanced professional practice experiences in different settings, such as ambulatory care, hospital and community settings. Your experiences could take place anywhere in the U.S. or its territories.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Tuition: $10,728 per year for residents; $24,576 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Complete courses in biology, microbiology, chemistry, organic chemistry, human physiology and anatomy, calculus, English, humanities, behavioral or social sciences, economics, public speaking and cultural diversity
  • Admission Requirements: Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores, two professional recommendation letters
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 3,400 undergraduates (about 600 graduates)

Pharmacy Ph.D. Programs in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Hilo

During the course of this program, you receive training in medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy, pharmaceutics and pharmacology. The program focuses on natural product development and discovery, emphasizing the significance of natural products to the healthcare industry. You take courses in pharmaceutical marketing, toxic plants, phytochemistry and genetics, as well as complete a dissertation. After completing the degree, you may take on a senior leadership position in industry, government, education or research.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Program Length: Minimum of five years
  • Tuition: $10,728 per year for residents; $24,576 per year for non-residents (costs for 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Pharm.D., Master of Science or Bachelor of Science with courses in biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, organic chemistry and calculus
  • Admission Requirements: Personal statement, resume, GRE scores, three recommendation letters
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 3,400 undergraduates (about 600 graduates)

If you are looking for entry-level work in a pharmacy, you can find a certificate program at Hawaii Technology Institute; for a bachelor's degree or advanced doctoral degree, you can find programs leading to your licensure from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

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