University of Hawaii
Pharmacy school in Hawaii
It was considered cheaper with resident tuition. It was also pretty close to home and convenient for me to fly back to visit family. The transfer of credits was easier since I was already part of the University of Hawaii system.
Good format and structure to get us to know basics and then get into the professional portion. A great mix of academic work and clinical rotations so we get a chance to have more hands-on experience. They prepare us well for the real world.
You would need to meet all the prerequisite requirements which may be taken at any college/university so that means an SAT was needed. But to get into the professional school we need to take PCAT.
It is mainly multiple choice questions, but it isn't that easy. Very tricky ones. Other questions are calculations that require showing work. Very few essay questions. These exam formats kind of try to mimic the real professional exam licensure.
Faculty was very knowledgeable with many different types of professors that come internationally. Because most are international hires, sometimes they may carry a heavy accent.
School tuition will be expensive since it is a professional school. School fees may include insurance. It will cost extra for purchasing books and a white coat.
I tried staying in dorms for the first semester but it was hard being mixed in with undergrad students. Ended up renting a house off campus with some classmates. There are a lot of large houses around the area so it's easy to rent. As long as you have a car then it's easy to get around.
Very good opportunity to acquire a job after school especially at places that have a collaboration with the school. Hawaii jobs have a preference for students that graduate from this school. The only problem is that this field is so saturated that there aren't any openings here in Hawaii. So a lot of students end up working in the Mainland and then try to find that opportunity to transfer back home to Hawaii.
I wouldn't call it an internship. It is part of the course to include clinical rotations so that we could have hands-on experiences. We were able to choose places of our preference. There is no stipend while doing these rotations.
College tries to participate in any health-related events such as health fairs and marches/runs/relays so that they can get more involved with the community. There are school clubs and organizations that host special community cleanups and awareness campaigns etc.
No. Professional schooling rarely provides financial aid. Mostly had to take loans. There were some scholarships you could apply to during the middle of the program.
Monthly Expense : $500 - $1500