Health care professions college celebrates 25 years of education, service and innovation

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. From humble beginnings to its present-day status as a leader in health care education, the college has made major strides in developing innovative programs and preparing students to use their skills for the greater good. Regis graduates have established a reputation for being knowledgeable, compassionate, ethical leaders focused on moving patient care forward. Here are some key moments along the way.

1988 – The seeds for the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions are planted when nearby Loretto Heights College closes and Regis adopts its nursing program. The program evolves into the Loretto Heights School of Nursing, a top nursing school in Colorado offering undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a variety of specialized certificates.

1994 – The first class is accepted into the Health Care Administration program in spring 1994. Now known as the Division of Health Services Administration, it prepares students to become leaders in the administration and management of health services and to make a difference in patients’ lives. The division offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates.

1994 – Regis makes its foray into mental health training with a program that would later evolve to become the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy. Along with specialized postgraduate counseling certificates, the division offers a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Arts in Counseling. Students in the latter program also have the option of pursuing dual-licensure.

2001 – In August 2001, the University transitions the master’s degree in Physical Therapy to a professional doctoral degree, becoming one of the first 25 schools in the country to make such a move. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which today is part of the School of Physical Therapy, also becomes the University’s first doctoral program.

2013 – The School of Pharmacy graduates its first class in spring 2013 and sends them into the job market with a unique skill set. Unlike traditional teaching models, this program incorporates a fully integrated curriculum and a team-based learning teaching model in which students work in teams to actively apply knowledge, solve problems and develop strong interpersonal and critical-thinking skills.