University of Hawaii – Hilo Pre-Pharmacy Scholar Admissions Program

Reserve your seat in the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP)!

DKICP and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) have developed a special Pre-Pharmacy Scholar Admissions Program (PPSAP) that grant qualified UHM students to have preferred enrollment into the DKICP Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program each academic year.

Students must complete this application with at least two years remaining of their undergraduate education. PPSAP applicants must have a science and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students enrolled in this program may not enroll in another PharmD early assurance/preferred acceptance program or apply to another school/college of pharmacy.

Students can apply to one of two tracks once they are accepted into UHM:

1) Prerequisite Coursework: Complete prerequisite coursework prior to completion of baccalaureate degree requirements but complete 3 years of undergraduate education at UHM. Must maintain cumulative UHM science and prerequisite coursework GPAs of 3.2 or higher. If admitted to the DKICP PharmD program, all students who successfully complete the first two years of PharmD curriculum are eligible and may receive the Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies.

2) Baccalaureate Degree (with prerequisite coursework): Earn a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree prior to matriculating into DKICP. Must maintain UHM cumulative and science GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

Students must also be earning their first baccalaureate degree, be enrolled full-time at UHM and be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

To apply: Submit completed PPSAP Application Form (Fillable), which includes a personal statement and two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts to DKICP by June 1st for the fall semester.

Once accepted: Complete prerequisites below by the end of the summer term prior to matriculation at DKICP and with a grade of “C” or better. Credit for Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted. DKICP will only accept AP credits for the English and Behavioral Science courses and only if the student earned a 4 or 5 on the AP exam.

Please note that one course may be used toward only one requirement.

BIOL 171/171L and 172/172LIntroduction to Biology I and II8 cr.
CHEM 161/161L and 162/162LGeneral Chemistry I and II*8 cr.
CHEM 272/272L and 273/273LOrganic Chemistry I and II10 cr.
COMG 151 or 251Personal and Public Speaking or Public Speaking3 cr.
ECON 130 or 131Economics3 cr.
ENG 100 and higherComposition I and higher6 cr.
ART, COM, DNCE, ENG, ES, HIST, HWST, LING, MUS, PHIL, REL, THEA, and/or foreign languageHumanities6 cr.
ANTH, HIST, ECON, GEOG, POLS, PSY, SOC, WS, etc.Social/Behavioral Sciences6 cr.
ANTH 152, GEOG 102, HIST 151 or 152, REL 150, etc.World Cultures3 cr.
MATH 215, 241, or 251ACalculus I *4 cr.
MICR 130/140L
(or MICR 351/351L**)
General Microbiology
(or Biology of Microorganisms)
5 cr.
PHYL 141/141L and 142/142L
(or PHYL 301/L and 302/L)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II8 or 10 cr.

*If you are planning on taking a chemistry or math course for the first time, please make sure to fulfill the placement exam requirement prior to registration. Information on the chemistry placement exam can be found here, and information on the math placement exam can be found here.

**Please note that the prerequisites for MICR 351/L are BIOL 171 and CHEM 272/L. BIOL 275/L are recommended for MICR 351.

Click here for prerequisite course equivalencies for UH Mānoa.

Click here for the Prerequisite Coursework Track Sample Plan.

Click here for the Baccalaureate Degree Track Sample Plan.


Lyssa Sakamoto
Pre-Pharmacy Advisor
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
University of Hawaiʻi – Hilo
(808) 932-7790

Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2425 Campus Road, Sinclair Library 108
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8646