By: Kaitlin Wells, Staff Reporter
Many students attending Regis University are part of one of the many medical programs offered on campus. The Ruekert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis provides an education for all those who wish to become a nurse, physical therapist, or pharmacists. The health professions college is currently based in Claver Hall, which includes many hands-on, educational labs.
The Regis School of Pharmacy provides a challenging and unique learning experience for students. The structure of the program differs from other programs nationally by preparing students to enter the work force. Brian Hemstreet, Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Pharmacy, said “We have a curricular structure which has a couple of different unique aspects to it, one of which is Team-Based Learning and the other is integration.”
Team-Based Learning separates students into “teams” for classwork and tests. This teaches students communication as well as how to interact professionally. Along with the student teams, students are in intensive science courses to complete their degree. This allows them to tie scientific principles to the drug principles of a disease, and equips students with the necessary skills for the work force. The integration of both teamwork and science makes for a perfect combination. The curriculum at the School of Pharmacy also incorporates the Jesuit values that are the foundation of Regis University. This teaches students to not only care for the person’s physical being but also their mental and spiritual health. Many people who have worked with Regis students have said that there is a difference between a Regispharmacy student and a pharmacy student.
The unique curriculum has proved to have a high success rate for pharmacy students. According to the Regis website, 88% of the 2017 pharmacy graduates passed their licensure exam (NAPLEX) on the first attempt, which is higher than the national average. For all students looking for a career in the field of pharmacy, Regis’ School of Pharmacy is an exceptional choice. Don’t just be a pharmacy student, be a Regis pharmacy student.