Hawaiian Pharmacy School Needs Funding

The Hilo College of Pharmacy recently graduated its first class of pharmacy students last may, but now the college says it needs some funding to really grow.

The pharmacy school is brand new to the University of Hawaii at Hilo, starting classes in 2007, but has no home of its own at the campus according to news reports.

Pharmacy school officials are worried about their ability to attract leading scientists and students to the new school because it still has no actual building or facility in which to administer its program. There is hope that the state of Hawaii will provide nearly $40 million to start construction on a $55 million facility to help the program along.

Right now, the program runs out of several separated buildings around the main campus of UH.  There is a temporary set of buildings that serve as an auditorium, laboratories, and offices. The pharmacy school may be getting help from the J.M. Long Foundation, who has promised $1 million to the program to help with building costs. Governor of Hawaii gave $5.5 million to the pharmacy school in 2009 as well, but they are still waiting for funding to complete the project in its entirety.

The pharmacy school is well situated to become a top institution in the U.S. The college’s nursing school recently opened a state-of-the-art mock hospital facility and gains nationwide recognition as an up-and-coming program representing the college. The pharmacy school and nursing schools may collaborate to offer the nation’s first dual degree in both of these disciplines.

The pharmacy school at Hilo was recently granted full accreditation too, which only puts further pressure on program administrators to get the school running at full capacity. UH’s pharmacy school is offering a four-year program and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D) and is the first of its kind in the state of Hawaii.

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    Hawaiian Pharmacy School Needs Funding…

    One year after graduating its inaugural class, a pharmacy school in Hawaii is struggling for funding to build its facilities….

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    Hawaiian Pharmacy School Needs Funding…

    One year after graduating its inaugural class, a pharmacy school in Hawaii is struggling for funding to build its facilities….