Graduate College of Health Sciences

Graduate College of Health Sciences

Graduate College of Health Sciences

Our vision

To improve the quality of life and health equity for the communities we serve.


our mission

The Graduate College of Health Sciences prepares a diverse workforce of tomorrow’s health science leaders through education models that are innovative, efficient, and accessible. Our graduates are dedicated to improving the health of our local, national, and global communities through evidence-informed, collaborative, and culturally responsive care.

Our faculty are experienced educators and professionals in their field.

Our programs develop professionals who provide collaborative and empathetic care.

Our education models are innovative, efficient, and accessible to students who reside across the US.


Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Innovative Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is the first of its kind in Hawai‘i. The Program is delivered in 24 months using a hybrid format, combining the best of online learning with in-person lab immersions located at HPU's beautiful downtown Honolulu campus.

  • Efficiently delivered curriculum over 24-months
  • Hybrid format, allowing students to live anywhere in the US
  • More than 500 hours of on-campus instruction
  • 32 weeks of Clinical Education
  • Competitive and locked tuition

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is delivered over the course of two years combining the highest level of online learning with in-person lab immersions, allowing students to remain in their communities and become a member of the HPU ‘ohana. Students complete Fieldwork all over the country, culminating their time in the program with the Doctoral Capstone project and experience.

  • Learning occurs over 24 months in a, hybrid environment, allowing students to remain in their communities
  • Program is offered at two campuses with differing start dates: Honolulu, HI and Las Vegas, NV
  • Collaborate with students, faculty, community members and other health professions
  • Doctoral capstone experience provides in-depth experience and knowledge based on the students’ interest
  • Competitive and locked tuition

Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant

The Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant (MMS-PA) Program is committed to preparing physician assistants to care for communities in Hawai‘i and underserved populations. This program is a rigorous, full-time, 24-month, program of study culminating in the Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree.

  • Didactic year is delivered in a hybrid format, with a combination of remote and in-person learning
  • Daily synchronous and asynchronous engagement with experienced faculty
  • 1-2 week-long immersions on HPU’s downtown Honolulu campus
  • Eight intensive, hands-on supervised clinical practice experiences across seven required disciplines
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity with a focus on the unique needs of the communities of Hawaiʻi
  • Competitive and locked tuition

WHY Graduate College of Health Sciences?

The Graduate College of Health Sciences is a diverse learning community that is committed to its mission, vision, and values.

  • Our college includes the first programs of their kind offered in Hawaiʻi by a Hawaiʻi-based institution.
  • The college is an innovator in hybrid health science education, delivering high quality and accessible online and in-person educational experiences on our Honolulu and Las Vegas campuses.
  • Our DPT, OTD, and PA education programs can be completed in 24-months and will help meet the critical health workforce needs across Hawaiʻi and the US.
  • Student success is paramount to our faculty and staff. We employ an academic coaching model to empower our students to meet their goals.
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration prepares our graduates to practice in a dynamic healthcare environment.
  • Faculty, students, and graduates are lifelong learners and leaders dedicated to delivering culturally responsive care in the spirit of HPU's values: aloha, pono, and kuleana.