Preparing students to shape the future of pharmacy

When Regis University’s School of Pharmacy was established in 2008, the leadership wanted to do something different, something innovative in the classroom. They wanted a curriculum that actively engaged students in their own learning while preparing them to thrive in the team-based practice environment of today and the future. What they launched was an instructional strategy built around Team-Based Learning and an Integrated Curriculum.

Team-based learning promotes teamwork skill sets and teaches students how to apply knowledge to real-world scenarios, both of which are important in today’s health care environments. The School’s team-based learning model provides class materials and assignments to students ahead of time, so they can spend class time actively applying knowledge rather than passively acquiring it. “We have been ahead of the curve in our approach to develop pharmacists as effective members of the health care team,” says Michael Nelson, Ph.D., chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “At other pharmacy programs, students might experience this type of learning in isolated courses, but we have implemented team-based learning throughout our on-campus curriculum.”

Today’s health care environment is interconnected and complex. There are economic, social, cultural and psychological factors that impact each aspect of health care. Regis University’s integrated curriculum prepares students to see how all the parts work together in order to determine appropriate solutions. Working in teams, students are given hypothetical patient health scenarios and asked to determine how to treat the patient from a pharmaceutical perspective. This interdisciplinary curriculum design breaks away from the traditional model of teaching each subject separately and makes the knowledge gained tangible, relevant and readily applicable to the problem at hand.  

“This is not a passive education. Rather than adapt to the future, we are preparing students to shape the future of pharmacy,” says David Clark, Pharm.D., BCPS, chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice. “At Regis, you will learn to adapt to a dynamic health care system and collaborate with all members of the health care team.”

“All of Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions’ programs are designed to positively impact patients’ lives in today’s health care environment,” says Rod Carter, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy. “Feedback from students, faculty and practicing pharmacists indicates that this innovative instructional approach hits the target.”

Learn more about our Team-Based Learning and Integrated Curriculum today.