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 this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 150.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

SH:Doctor of Pharmacy

HCE 442 - Ethics & Advocacy in Pharmacy

Examines ethical/moral reasoning in health care. Emphasizes pharmacy practice and leadership. Explores philosophical, faith-based foundations including Catholic moral tradition, socio-cultural influences, professional codes, organizational and personal ethical norms. Analyzes ethical dilemmas/practices using ethical theory, moral argument, cases studies. *Note- Majors Only

PHRM 401 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 1

Introduction to basic biochemical, pharmacological, pharmacokinetic, pharmaceutical, and medicinal chemistry principals essential to understanding the scientific basis of drug therapy. *Note- Majors Only

PHRM 402 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 2

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of disease states. Covers biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy of presentation and management of gastrointestinal, endocrine, cardiovascular, renal and nutrition disorders. Includes principals of dosage forms and drug delivery strategies. *Note- Majors Only

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*401

PHRM 403 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 3

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of disease states. Covers biochemistry, physiology, immunology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy of presentation and management of cardiovascular, endocrine, psychiatric, and respiratory disorders. Includes principles of dosage forms and drug delivery strategies. Note: Majors Only

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*402

PHRM 404 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 4

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of disease states. Covers biochemistry, immunology, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy of presentation and management of respiratory, oncologic, and infectious disease disorders. Includes principles of dosage forms and drug delivery strategies. Note: Majors Only

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*403

PHRM 421 - Integrated Pharmacy Lab 1

Introduces basic pharmaceutical measurements, prescription interpretation and dispensing, emphasizing preparation of sterile products. Physical assessment, documentation, and clinical chemistry skills are covered that extend student understanding of disease states covered in the IP sequence. *Note- Majors Only

PHRM 422 - Integrated Pharmacy Lab 2

Introduces compounding of tablet, topical and oral suspensions and solutions. Examines devices for home diabetes monitoring. The second half of the semester focuses on pulmonary assessment, inhaler counseling, and smoking cessation counseling.

PHRM 430 - Pharmacy & US Health Care System

Examines ways health care is accessed and used in the United States. Compares other systems around the world. Discusses roles of regulatory agencies, advocacy organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry. Covers issues of public health policy, economic behavior, outcomes. *Note-Majors Only

PHRM 440 - Pharmacy Law and Policy

Examines the history of pharmacy laws and how the laws structure current practice guidelines and impact the distribution/dispensing of drugs. Explores state and local statutes concerning business and pharmacy practice. Civil liability and professional ethics are discussed.* Note- Majors Only

PHRM 441 - Therapeutic Principles of Self-Care

Provides principals of self-care, product selection and rational use of nonprescription medications. Emphasizes appliances, durable medical goods, and OTC testing devices. Practices interviewing, decision-making for patient triage, and consultation skills. Service learning allows students to consider issues of self-care in socio-economically challenged populations. *Note- Majors Only

PHRM 450 - Introduction to Pharmacy

Focuses on preparing students for the introductory pharmacy practice experiences. Students spend the semester obtaining necessary training for experiential education, learning elements of professionalism, specifically, communication, interactions, and behaviors. Introduction is also made to healthcare documentation and drug information. *Note- Majors Only

PHRM 451 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Exp 1

The first of five experiential courses. Students spend six hours weekly at a community or institutional site learning about the pharmacy practice setting and completing assignments related to concepts in their concurrent course work. Prerequisite(s) PHRM 450.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*450;

PHRM 705 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 5

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of disease states. Covers biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy of presentation and management of selected gastrointestinal, dermatologic, endocrine, neurologic, infectious disease, and oncologic disorders. Includes principles of dosage forms and drug delivery strategies.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*404;

PHRM 706 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 6

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of disease states. Covers biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy of presentation and management of selected cardiac, vascular, and renal disorders. Includes principles of dosage forms and drug delivery strategies.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*705;

PHRM 707 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 7

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of disease states. Covers biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, dosage form and drug delivery strategies, and pharmacotherapy of selected neurologic, psychiatric, bone and joint, and immunologic disorders.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*706;

PHRM 708 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 8

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of disease states. Covers biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, dosage form and drug delivery strategies, and pharmacotherapy of selected renal, hematologic, infectious disease, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*707;

PHRM 709 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 9

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of selected disease states including oncologic and hematologic disorders, viral and fungal infections and transplant. Covers biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy, with principles of dosage forms and drug delivery strategies.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*708;

PHRM 710 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 10

Integrated approach to understanding the pharmacotherapy of selected disease states including psychological and neurological disorders, and bacterial infections. Covers biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy, with principles of dosage forms and drug delivery strategies.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*709;

PHRM 711 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 11

Integrated approach to understanding/solving problems of concomitant diseases through complicated patient cases. Material from previous pharmacotherapy courses is addressed, and new material is introduced. Includes physicochemical/biological principles of dosage forms and drug delivery methods for appropriate treatment.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*710;

PHRM 712 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy 12

Integrated approach to understanding/solving problems of concomitant diseases through complicated patient cases. Material from previous pharmacotherapy courses is addressed, and new material is introduced. Includes physicochemical/biological principles of dosage forms and drug delivery methods for appropriate treatment.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*711;

PHRM 723 - Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 3

The course is designed to develop patient assessment and counseling, prescription preparation, extemporaneous compounding, and dispensing skills. The topic sequence is designed to coordinate with those presented in the integrated therapeutics sequence.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*422;

PHRM 724 - Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 4

Builds on skills introduced in IL 1-3 and acquire new patient assessment, communication, pharmaceutical calculations, prescription preparation and dispensing, and extemporaneous compounding skills. Topics are designed to complement the integrated pharmacotherapy course.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*723;

PHRM 725 - Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 5

Develops patient interviewing and counseling skills, along with critical evaluation of literature and presentation skills. Topic sequence is designed to coordinate with those presented in the integrated pharmacotherapeutics and experiential education sequences.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*724;

PHRM 726 - Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory 6

Extends skills developed through professional years one and two to effectively access and critically evaluate drug information. Students research contemporary health topics, interpret/evaluate literature, organize and prepare a doctoral-level presentation that integrates pharmacy knowledge and skills.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*725;

PHRM 727 - Integrated Literature Evaluation 1

Study of literature evaluation and research study design. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of primary, secondary, and tertiary literature. Systematically approach drug information requests and to efficiently find and evaluate biomedical literature. Evaluate a study for validity, design, and methods.

PHRM 728 - Integrated Literature Evaluation 2

Study of literature evaluation including critical assessment of research design and statistical method. Systematic evaluation of primary literature. Students learn to respond systematically to drug information requests and to efficiently find and evaluate biomedical literature and apply it to patient care.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*727;

PHRM 731 - Pharmacoeconomics

Discusses how to collect, analyze, and interpret costs of drug therapies and alternatives w well as how to determine the economic impact of clinical outcomes, pharmacoeconomic models, cost-minimization, cost-of-illness, cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost utility analysis and techniques.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*430;

PHRM 732 - Leadership and Management

Introduces topics such as key business relationships, planning, market analysis, ownership, service offerings, competitive strategies, and operations. Covers fundamental principles of leadership, including attributes of effective leaders, and cultivation of personal leadership qualities.

PHRM 743 - Faith Spirituality & Culture Hlth Care

Survey of different religious beliefs and how people in various faith traditions access and use health care resources; emphasis on understanding and communicating with patients who present with less commonly encountered beliefs.

PHRM 752 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Exp 2

The second of five experiential courses. Students spend six hours weekly at a community site learning about the community pharmacy practice setting and completing assignments related to concepts in their concurrent course work.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*451;

PHRM 753 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Exp 3

The third of five experiential courses. Students spend six hours weekly at an community site learning about the community pharmacy practice setting and completing assignments related to concepts in their concurrent course work.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*752;

PHRM 754 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Exp 4

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 4 is the fourth of five experiential courses. Students spend six hours weekly at an institutional site learning about the institutional pharmacy practice setting and completing assignments related to concepts in their concurrent course work.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*753;

PHRM 755 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Exp 5

Inter-professional simulations designed to combine pharmacy knowledge with practice in professionalism.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*754;

PHRM 760 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 1

The first of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy settings.

PHRM 761 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 2

The second of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy settings.

PHRM 762 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Exp 3

The third of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

PHRM 763 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Exp 4

The fourth of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

PHRM 764 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Exp 5

The fifth of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

PHRM 765 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Exp 6

The sixth of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*764

PHRM 766 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Exp 7

The seventh of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*765;

PHRM 767 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Exp 8

The eighth of eight required advanced experiential courses. Designed to expand the student's knowledge and practice skills needed to perform activities commonly encountered in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PHRM*766;

PHRM Elective 1

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Take 3 credits from
PHRM 770-799

PHRM Elective 2

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Take 3 credits from
PHRM 770-799

PHRM Elective 3

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Take 3 credits from
PHRM 770-799

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.

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