University News — UH-Hilo To Lead Nation With New Dual Degree

(Media release) — The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will be the first in the country to offer a dual degree with a Nurse Practitioner Specialty and Doctorate in Pharmacy (FNP/PharmD) thanks to a congressionally directed $951,000 grant from the Department of Education.
“Students studying at the University of HawaiÊ»i at Hilo’s College of Pharmacy are able to take advantage of the best that Western science, Eastern traditions and Native Hawaiian heritage has to offer as they explore the healing arts,” said U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, whose office approved the funding. “We must continue to expand the educational opportunities available to them so that new ways to heal our sick and prevent illness emerge.”
The new program is created and jointly offered by UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy and the Department of Nursing. It is expected to begin in fall 2010 and require a six-and-a-half-year commitment from the student, said Dr. Edward Fisher, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Pharmacy. Read more