Pharmacy Schools Spotlight: University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy


The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy is a relatively new program that began in 2007. It has been listed in the U.S. News and World Report pharmacy school rankings recently, and looks to be a very promising new institution in training the next generation of pharmacists on the Pacific islands. The ‘Walkscore’ of 28 should be taken as a grain of salt as the score usually reflects on the proximity of commercial businesses (restaurants, entertainment, coffee shops, etc), not a marker of the competitiveness of the program, or taking into account the beauty of the scenery – which should be given a 100. The pharmacy school is located on a beautiful island nearby the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, the Hilo International Airport, and surrounded by several Forest Reserves. The island itself is also the easternmost of the Hawaiian islands. Needless to say, the location is the vacation and honeymoon destination for many; an opportunity to pursue a respectable profession on an island of paradise may sound appealing to many. However, one should expect to study hard in this new pharmacy school. The PharmD program offers a traditional four year program in the pharmaceutical sciences, and according to their website, is looking forward to moving into a new state-of-the-art permanent building in the future.

To learn more about the program:
University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy
200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Tel: (808) 933-2909

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