A New Model for Educating Pharmacists
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. The curricular content integrates biological, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences so that basic biological and pharmaceutical concepts are discussed in the context of disease management. Simultaneous to on-campus curricular content, you take part in an experiential component where you work directly with patients in a variety of health care settings. Presenting the course curriculum in this manner encourages you to learn course concepts, and better understand how biological, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences fit together.
Most courses are taught using TBL as the main instructional strategy. In a TBL course, you are divided into groups of 5 to 7 members that, as you work together over time, develop into highly functional learning teams.
TBL requires you to learn course content before coming to class. You spend classroom time, in your teams, applying your knowledge of course content to solving problems. To ensure course content comprehension, you are evaluated individually and as a team for each TBL unit, and during mid-term and final exams. You develop strong teamwork skills in TBL courses, enhancing your ability to function as an effective member of a health care team. TBL also develops communication and problem-solving skills and instills confidence, developing you into a leader within healthcare.
The tenets of Jesuit education are threaded throughout the curriculum in ethics, faith and service learning courses and experiences. The Regis University School of Pharmacy is the only pharmacy school in the United States to completely integrate the entire course curriculum and use TBL.