Pre-Health Professions Program

HPU Pre-Medical Studies Program Articulation Agreements

The Pre-Health Professions Program at HPU is proud to offer several specialized pathways for our students interested in Chiropractic, Pharmacy or Physical Therapy.  These pathways allow students to begin their studies at HPU and finish their degree at a second prestigious university, while working towards their doctoral degree in a health field.  We currently offer these “3+3 Programs” for Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic, and one additional special program for those pursuing a career in Physical Therapy.

 

THE “3+3” PROGRAM PATHWAYS

These pathways offer students the opportunity to enter into the doctoral program of their choice (Pharmacy, Physical Therapy or Chiropractic) after their third (junior) year at HPU after having completed all necessary doctoral pre-requisites, maintaing a certain GPA and meeting admission requirements.  After the first year of the doctoral program, students may transfer back courses to HPU to receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology - Human Health Sciences.  In order to qualify for this degree, students must follow the prescribed Program Pathway and obtain all stated classes.  (Three Year Plan for Articulation Agreements)

HPU students will receive preferred admission status at our partner universities, and may even be guaranteed admission to the program (see each school program below.)

Students should share their intent to be part of these articulating programs with both their academic advisor and the Pre-Health Professions Specialist early on to ensure they receive the best guidance and support. 

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY

The Pre-Physical Therapy Program at HPU begins with a solid grounding in core science classes as students work towards a degree in Biology - Human Health Sciences.  As students enter their Junior year at HPU, they have two pathway choices into Physical Therapy.

3+3 Program at Carroll University

This 3+3 program is a great option for students who wish to proceed directly into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program after three years at HPU.  Carroll University will offer HPU students preferred admission into their program, providing that students have completed all the program pre-requisites with at least 30 semester credits taken at HPU.  Applications must have a cumulative and science GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0), submit all application materials to Carroll University by the first priority deadline (approximately Mid-January of Junior year) and obtain a Committee Letter from the Hawaii Pacific University Pre-Health Professions Committee. 

In order to obtain a B.S in Biology - Human Health Sciences after the completion of the first year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Carroll University, the student must transfer back the credits obtained and petition to graduate.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he / she completes all the necessary courses required at HPU in order to qualify for this degree plan.  (Three Year Plan for Articulation Agreements)  [See here for specific pre-requisites for Carroll University Doctor of Physical Therapy]

Direct Entry at Creighton University

The Physical Therapy School at Creighton University will guarantee acceptance to up to five HPU students each year who graduate with a B.S. in Biology - Human Health Sciences, have maintained a GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or greater, and scored at least 300 on the GRE (combined quantitative and verbal.)  Students will need to apply to Creighton University through PTCAS, have completed a minimum of 60 hours of observation with a physical therapist and have at least three excellent letters of recommendation.   [See here for specific pre-requisites for Creighton University Doctor of Physical Therapy]

 

PHARMACY

HPU offers two different 3+3 opportunities for students interested in Pharmacy.  Both pathways offer students the option of proceeding directly into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program after three years at HPU.  A B.S. in Biology - Human Health Sciences will be awarded after the successful completion of Year One in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he / she completes all the necessary courses required at HPU in order to qualify for this degree plan.  (Three Year Plan for Articulation Agreements).

3+3 at Creighton University

Students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Creighton University must follow the “Three Year Plan for Articulation Agreements” and accumulate at least 90 semester hours of credit by the spring before enrollment at Creighton University.  Participants need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) and achieve a PCAT score of at least 60.  Students will apply to the program via PTCAS no later than November 1st of the academic year prior to enrollment (Junior Year). 

[See here for specific pre-requisites for Creighton University Doctor of Pharmacy]

 

CHIROPRACTIC

HPU and the University of Southern California Health Sciences, College of Chiropractic have partnered to offer students interested in a career as a Chiropractic Doctor a 3+3 direct entry program.

Southern California University of Health Sciences College of Chiropractic will offer HPU students preferred admission into their program and guarantee the acceptance of up to five HPU students each year.   Applicants must have completed all the program pre-requisites (at least 30 semester credits must be taken at HPU), and have a cumulative and science GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0).  Students are required to submit all application materials directly to Southern California University of Health Sciences.  Note that the application fee will be waived for HPU students. 

In order to obtain a B.S in Biology - Human Health Sciences after the completion of the first year of the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Southern California University of Health Sciences, the student must transfer back the credits obtained and petition to graduate.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he / she completes all the necessary courses required at HPU in order to qualify for this degree plan.  (Three Year Plan for Articulation Agreements)  [See here for specific pre-requisites for the Doctor of Chiropractic at Southern California University of Health Sciences]