Educating Exceptional Pharmacists

Pharmacy is an in demand, high paying profession and our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is unique to all others. We give you the knowledge to be an exceptional and socially responsible pharmacist through our lively, contemporary and innovative approach to learning.
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Doctor of Pharmacy

ACPE ACCREDITED | INNOVATIVE | IMPACTFUL

A career in pharmacy is tremendously rewarding. Pharmacists provide patient care helping us heal and maintain health through their expertise in monitoring drug therapy, knowledge of drug products, and providing drug information. Advising consumers, patients and health care professionals on drug composition, strength, purity and harmful interactions are just some of the critical roles for which a pharmacist is responsible.

Pharmacists are in great demand across the country and this demand will continue into the future. With the growing population of seniors who are increasingly reliant on medications, and the expanding complexity of drug therapy, pharmacists are poised to remain a vital member of our health care system.

Our curriculum explores the role of medications in the management of health and treatment of diseases of all populations of people. You will study the basic biological and pharmaceutical sciences, including pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceutics, that form the foundation of modern medication therapy. You will also learn about complex health care policy and pharmacy law, use drug information resources, contemplate health care ethics, participate in service learning, and more. Regis University graduates are prepared to improve and transform health care in a global community.

The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum at Regis University uniquely combines a highly integrated course curriculum with Team-Based Learning (TBL) in a Jesuit learning environment. Our School of Pharmacy is the only pharmacy school in the United States to completely integrate the entire course curriculum and use TBL. Regis University's Doctor of Pharmacy program has been recognized for being both innovative and groundbreaking.

DEGREE

Graduates earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree with eligibility to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the requisite pharmacy law exam to become a registered pharmacist (RPh).

FORMAT

The PharmD program is considered a 2+4 format; two years of prerequisite coursework prior to applying to the four year professional program. The Doctor of Pharmacy program is 150 semester hours of full-time study, offered in nine semesters over four years on our campus in Denver, Colorado.

CLASS SIZE

A new class of approximately 75 students starts each Fall semester

INTEGRATED CURRICULUM

Our integrated curriculum prepares pharmacy professionals to examine problems from all sides and confront the economic, social, cultural and psychological factors that affect health care today.

FORWARD-THINKING FACULTY

Through offering our students a rigorous foundation in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, our faculty is committed to training the pharmacy leaders of tomorrow.

CURA PERSONALIS

Regis-educated pharmacists are dedicated to promoting human dignity and cura personalis–care for the whole person–mind, body and spirit.

VALUES-BASED TRAINING

Our Jesuit tradition shapes our graduates into principled, compassionate professionals committed to making a tangible difference in people’s lives.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TEAM-BASED LEARNING AND OUR PHARMACY CLINICAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCES:

Team Based Learning

A New Model for Educating Pharmacists

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a relatively new teaching method in the field of pharmacy education that has a widespread history of proven success in medical and business schools. Unlike traditional teaching methods in which information is learned through a lecture format, in TBL students learn the discipline of pharmacy through a working group approach. Students are divided into teams of five to seven members who work together for an extended period of time to learn subject matter. Prior to class, study material is assigned to students for independent review. During class, they apply their gained knowledge to relevant activities with their teammates. Most courses are taught using TBL as the main instructional strategy.

Our unique Team-Based Learning approach allows you to learn valuable interpersonal and communication skills enhancing your ability to function as an effective member of a health care team. You also receive personalized attention from devoted faculty and develop close connections with your peers and future colleagues, helping you become a leader within healthcare.

Pharmacy Practice Experience

Hands On Experience

Regis University School of Pharmacy offers Student Pharmacists experiential learning opportunities throughout the curriculum. The experiential sequence of the curriculum includes an Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Course, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs), and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

Jump into learning the basics for experiential learning in our state-of-the-art lab in the Introduction to Pharmacy Practice course from learning Pharmacy-Based Immunization delivery, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Occupational Safety & Healthcare Administration (OSHA), as well as an introduction to healthcare documentation and drug information, to name a few topics.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPEs)

Starting within the first professional year and continuing through the end of the third professional year, you collaborate with  pharmacists and other health care professionals in onsite practice exercises in community, institutional, or other healthcare settings. You spend three hours twice a week learning first-hand what you are studying in class, a true integrated learning approach.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPEs)

Once you’ve mastered the basics you are ready to move on to the  advanced level of clinical experience and get to complete seven, six-week clinicals in the fourth year. You get it all with experiences in community, institutional, inpatient/acute care, and ambulatory care, and additional elective opportunities to fit your professional goals.

All financial obligations associated with the student's pharmacy education, including transportation to and from campus and experiential sites, lie with the student. Students are expected to attend each activity of the course and actively participate in the discussions and assignments. Because experiential learning sites are off-campus, students will likely need access to a car for transportation. Students may also choose various forms of public transportation to pharmacy practice experiences outside of the immediate Denver area. Any transportation expenses will be at an additional expense to the student.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at Regis University. The total degree requires a minimum of 72 semester hours of pre-pharmacy prerequisites, and 150 semester hours (four year professional program) of coursework noted below.

Year I Fall Semester (17 Semester Hours)
PHRM 450 Introduction to Pharmacy (2 semester hours)
PHRM 401 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 1 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 402 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 2 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 421 Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 1 (1 semester hours)
PHRM 440 Pharmacy Law and Policy (3 semester hours)
PHRM 441 Therapeutic Principles of Self Care (3 semester hours)
Year I Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours)
PHRM 451 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1 (2 semester hours)
PHRM 403 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 3 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 404 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 4 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 422 Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 2 (1 semester hours)
HCE 442 Ethics and Advocacy in Pharmacy (3 semester hours)
PHRM 430 Pharmacy and the United States Health Care System (3 semester hours)
Year II Fall Semester (17 Semester Hours)
PHRM 752 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 2 (2 semester hours)
PHRM 705 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 5 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 706 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 6 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 723 Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 3 (1 semester hours)
PHRM 727 Integrated Literature Evaluation 1 (3 semester hours)
PHRM 728 Integrated Literature Evaluation 2 (3 semester hours)
Year II Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours)
PHRM 753 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 3 (2 semester hours)
PHRM 707 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 7 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 708 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 8 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 724 Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 4 (1 semester hours)
PHRM 731 Pharmacoeconomics (3 semester hours)
PHRM 770-777 Elective 1 (3 semester hours)
Year III Fall Semester (17 Semester Hours)
PHRM 754 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 4 (2 semester hours)
PHRM 709 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 9 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 710 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 10 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 725 Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 5 (1 semester hours)
PHRM 732 Leadership and Management (3 semester hours)
PHRM 770-777 Elective 2 (3 semester hours)
Year III Spring Semester (17 Semester Hours)
PHRM 755 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 5 (2 semester hours)
PHRM 711 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 11 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 712 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 12 (4 semester hours)
PHRM 726 Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 6 (1 semester hours)
PHRM 743 Faith Traditions in Health Care (3 semester hours)
PHRM 770-777 Elective 3 (3 semester hours)
Year III Summer Semester (12 Semester Hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)
Year IV Fall Semester (18 Semester Hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)
Year IV Spring Semester (18 Semester Hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)
PHRM 760-767 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 semester hours)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

Regis University Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312.664.3575; FAX 312.664.4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $1,095
Students complete 150 semester hours total over nine semesters (four years). Tuition rates are approved annually. Tuition is subject to annual increases ranging from 0-4%.
Other Fees
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$1,102
$1,102
Background Check and Drug Screen (initial screen upon admission) 
Annual background checks and drug screens are required for current students and cost varies but is approximately $100 for each re-check. This is an external agency fee.
$58
Enrollment Deposit
If admitted, a $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to hold a position in the Pharm.D. program. The deposit will be applied towards your tuition.
$500
Graduation Application Fee $50

Experiential and lab fees related to the Pharm.D. program and University fees such as student activity and technology fees are included in the tuition cost. Tuition also includes free access to online pharmacy textbooks, free printing in on-campus computer labs, free access to the fitness center and free campus parking. Housing costs are not included in tuition. Additional expenses related to student-specific equipment, such as calculators, stethoscopes, etc, may be incurred.

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

FAQ

ADMISSION QUESTIONS

When will the next Pharm.D. class be admitted?
The next class will be admitted for fall 2014. The deadline for application submission is March 1, 2014.

How long is the Pharm.D. program?
The Pharm.D. program is a four-year professional program. A minimum of two years of prerequisite coursework is also required.

Do I need a bachelor's degree to apply to pharmacy school?
No, a prior degree is not required to apply to the Pharm.D. program. However, applicants are required to complete two years of pre-pharmacy course work prior to starting the program.

Will the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) be required?
Yes, your official PCAT score should be submitted to PharmCAS as part of your online application.

Will I be required to interview at the University before I will be considered for admission?
Yes, prior to acceptance, qualified applicants will be required to interview on the Regis University campus. Interviews will be conducted from November 2013 through April 2014. Specific dates will be scheduled soon. Please see the Interview Process collection of FAQ questions and answers for more information.

What factors do you consider when reviewing applications for an invitation to the campus interview?
We look at a number of factors when evaluating applications including breadth of educational experience, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) score, prior professional and volunteer experience, prior degrees, cumulative grade point average, combined math and life science grade point average, letters of recommendation, and writing skills based on your application essay.

What factors do you consider when reviewing applicants for admission to the Pharm.D. program?
We take into consideration all of the materials submitted through PharmCAS and the results of the campus interview and on-site writing sample when evaluating qualified applicants.

Do you give admission preference to Regis University students?
The School of Pharmacy does not offer an early assurance program for entrance into the Pharm.D. program for Regis University students or students from other universities or colleges. Regis University students, however, are afforded a guaranteed admissions interview provided they have completed at least three semesters of full-time study at Regis and have maintained a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in their prerequisite mathematics and life sciences courses.

Do you give admission preference to Colorado residents?
No, we seek to admit qualified candidates from around the country and throughout the world.

As a Jesuit institution, do you use “religion” as a criterion for admission?
Regis University is a pluralistic institution. People from all faith traditions are welcome and treated with respect and dignity. Religious preference is not a screening criterion.

PREREQUISITE LIST

What are the prerequisites for the PharmD program?

All prerequisite courses (minimum of 72 semester hours) must be completed prior to matriculation into the School of Pharmacy. You may be admitted prior to completion of all prerequisites, contingent upon successful completion by the start of classes.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

44 SH

General Biology and Lab I
4 SH
General Biology and Lab II
4 SH
General Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
General Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab I
5 SH
Organic Chemistry and Lab II
5 SH
Microbiology and Lab
4 SH
Calculus I
4 SH
Human Anatomy and Lab
4 SH
Human Physiology and Lab
4 SH

Written and Oral Communication

6 SH

English Composition
3 SH
Speech Communication
3 SH

Social Sciences

9 SH

Psychology
3 SH
Sociology
3 SH
Social Science Elective
3 SH

Other

13 SH

Economics
3 SH
Philosophy
3 SH
Religious Studies
3 SH
General Elective
4 SH

TOTAL PRE-PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

72 SH

Due to the dynamic nature of knowledge in the biological and chemical sciences, there is a seven year limit on those prerequisite courses. However, this time limit may be waived if the applicant has a prior bachelor’s degree or higher. Applicants with such a prior degree and who have completed the prerequisites will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Pharmacy credits obtained at another school or college of pharmacy are not eligible for transfer to the Regis University School of Pharmacy.

If you have questions about transfer of credit from another academic institution, please contact:
Office of Admissions
pharmacy@regis.edu

PREREQUISITE/CURRICULUM QUESTIONS

Where can I complete my prerequisite pharmacy courses?
Students may complete their pre-pharmacy course requirements at Regis University or at any regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. International graduates must submit an evaluation of foreign educational credentials from one of the agencies approved by Regis University. See the Prerequisites tab on this page for additional information.

Can I take prerequisite classes at Regis before applying to the Pharm.D. program?
Yes. Contact the Regis College Office of Admissions for information. The pre-pharmacy program is open to any student admitted to the University.

What is the time limit on prerequisites?
Due to the dynamic nature of knowledge in the biological and chemical sciences, there is a seven year limit on those prerequisite courses. However, this time limit may be waived if the applicant has a prior bachelor’s degree or higher. Applicants with such a prior degree and who have completed the prerequisites will be reviewed on an individual basis.

When must prerequisite coursework be completed?
All prerequisite coursework must be completed before you begin the program. You may be admitted prior to completion of all prerequisites contingent upon successful completion by the start of classes.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING QUESTIONS

Where and when will I complete my pharmacy practice experiences?
Pharmacy practice experiences will be incorporated throughout the pharmacy curriculum. Students will spend time during the first three years participating in introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and their entire fourth year will be devoted to advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs).

Introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) will include various real practice experiences in community, institutional and other healthcare settings. Advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) will be primarily direct patient care experiences that build on the introductory experiences.

How do I get to my pharmacy practice experiences?
Because experiential learning sites are off-campus, students will likely need access to a car for transportation to and from the pharmacy practice experiences. Students may also choose various forms of public transportation to pharmacy practice experiences outside of the immediate Denver area. Any transportation expenses will be at an additional expense to the student.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Why choose Regis University School of Pharmacy?
The Regis University School of Pharmacy environment is lively, contemporary and innovative. The curriculum builds strong foundational knowledge of pharmacotherapy while engaging students and faculty in discussions around application to patient care in pharmacy practice. The small class size allows us to build a community of learners with individual faculty mentoring.

What degree will be offered?
Students will graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

Can the Pharm.D. program be completed on a part-time basis?
No, the Pharm.D. program is for students who are enrolled full-time.

What will the tuition be for Pharm.D. students?
Tuition information can be found under the 'tuition' tab on this page.

Are there any scholarship opportunities?
Yes. Upon acceptance to the school, a committee of faculty will review each accepted applicant and award ten $25,000 scholarships. The monies will be divided over eight semesters. There will be more opportunities to apply for scholarships awarded to current students. Find out more about these opportunities here.

Is University housing available for pre-pharmacy and Pharm.D. students?
Yes, Regis University's Office of Residence Life, Housing and Event Services manages the on-campus student housing facilities. Learn more about Student Housing options.

Can I work while in the program?
Working in a pharmacy or other healthcare fields can be a valuable component of your education. Initially however, students are encouraged to limit their outside work due to the academic rigor of the program. Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to work while in school is up to each individual student.

How do students pay for the program?
We appreciate that pharmacy school is a significant financial investment. Students typically pay for tuition and living expenses through various sources including personal resources, scholarships, and student loans. Once admitted to the program, you will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans. Go to Office of Financial Aid for additional information.

How can I get more information?
Our admissions counselors are dedicated to helping you through the admissions process and answering questions you may have. Please feel free to call our office at 303.458.4344, email or request information.

THE INTERVIEW PROCESS

How will I know when/if to attend an interview day event?
Following the submission of a complete application through PharmCAS, selected applicants will receive an email interview invitation. The invitation will outline directions to Regis University, parking and instructions for the interview day. Adult family members are also invited to the interview day where they will enjoy separate programming from the applicant.

What will the interview day consist of?
The interview day consists of the following: Registration, instructions and a light breakfast. School of Pharmacy faculty and current Pharmacy students will be present to welcome you.
Welcome Session Tour of the campus Writing exercise Multiple mini-interviews Lunch with faculty, preceptors and current pharmacy students Introduction to Regis University and the School of Pharmacy Interactive Team-based learning activity Guests of candidates are welcome and will have the opportunity to tour campus with the School of Pharmacy Dean, followed by information sessions with student service organizations (financial aid, service learning, housing etc.). The guest program is an excellent opportunity for family and friends to learn more about the School of Pharmacy on a personal level.

What are Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)?
Multiple mini interviews (MMIs) are a series of short, structured conversations each involving a specific topic. This interview method was developed at McMaster University and has been adopted as the interview method for a growing number of international and U.S. medical, dental and physical therapy schools. The Regis University School of Pharmacy has adopted this method because it provides a more reliable assessment of the applicant characteristics and eliminates the possibility of misrepresentation due to a poor applicant performance in a one time - one interviewer event. This method of interviewing increases the opportunity for applicants to interact with a variety of people over a number of topics. Topics include ethics, leadership, communication, creative thinking, cultural awareness, stress management, compassion, empathy and cognitive moral development. Knowledge of pharmacy is not required for these interviews. During the MMI applicants will be assigned to a private and confidential interview room. Interviewers will move between applicant rooms. Each applicant will meet with nine interviewers. At the start of each session, the interviewer will enter the room, introduce themselves and provide the applicant with the question or scenario. The applicant will be given two minutes to read the question or a scenario and prepare for the interview. The interviewer will reenter the room and begin a conversation about what the applicant has read. The interview will last for six minutes and then the interviewer will proceed to the next station. The interviewers have undergone training in the interview and assessment process. They have been recruited from the School of Pharmacy faculty, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions faculty and pharmacist preceptors. The School of Pharmacy is dedicated to quality assurance and will perform an annual review of the MMIs to assure reliability of the process. To help us in this process we ask that applicants and interviewers complete a short survey at the end of the interview day. Acknowledgements: McMaster University, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Calgary.

What is the writing exercise?
This exercise is modeled after the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) writing sample. Applicants will be asked to review several topic statements and then select one for which they will formulate a reply. The reply is in the form of a coherent essay that addresses the topic through three specific writing tasks.

ACCREDITATION DISCLOSER STATEMENT

What is the accrediting body for the RHCHP School of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy program? What is entailed in the accreditation process?
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Precandidate accreditation status, Candidate accreditation status, and Full accreditation status. Precandidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate accreditation status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the School to admit its first class. Candidate accreditation status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class. Full accreditation status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. The Regis University School of Pharmacy graduated its first Doctor of Pharmacy class in May 2013. At its June 2013 meeting the ACPE Board awarded full accreditation to the Regis Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Regis University Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312.664.3575; FAX 312.664.4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience. Get detailed application information and prerequisite requirements. Link directly to the PharmCAS application if you're ready to apply today. If you are interested in getting more information complete this short form.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.