Traveling the roads of Nebraska in the middle of February two years ago, Hunter Allen knew his future wasn’t in accounting.
“I thought ‘I’d rather be studying for an exam or doing a 16-hour shift at a hospital or riding my bike,” said Hunter, a student in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program. “I don’t perform well behind a desk. I want to be interacting with a person.”
With an accounting degree from Creighton University but a deep-rooted desire to get into the medical field, Hunter looked at his options. Punching numbers into a calculator was definitely out, though. He wanted to apply to medical school, but knew he didn’t have the science background.
Enter the Regis University Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program
The Regis College program is for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and basic undergraduate science coursework but who want to pursue a graduate program in physician assistant studies, allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or scientific research.
Founded in 2011 under former professor Joan Betz, the first class had 24 students. The program has grown to 37 this year. Rooted in Jesuit values
and philosophy such as cura personalis, care for the whole person, one of the program’s distinguishing features is an externship experience designed to provide students with real health care experience in various clinical settings around Denver. Program coursework includes Team-Based Learning (TBL) in which students and faculty interact to address complex issues related to health care today.
“The small program size and close faculty/student interaction is one of the reasons the program is so successful,” said Allison Peters, the program coordinator. “The students take all of their courses together and work closely with the faculty and each other. This format emphasizes the team nature of health care today.”
Hunter, who grew up in Dallas and attended Jesuit College Preparatory School, graduated from Creighton in 2014. His fraternity brother, Nathan Van Winkle, graduated from the Biomedical Sciences Program in 2015 and highly recommended it.
“The collaborative nature of this program is what separates it from other similar ones, said Dr. Marie-dominique Franco, who teaches biomedical genetics. “Faculty and students work together, creating a level of trust that allows us to best advise them.”
What sets the Regis College program
apart from other similar programs is its dedication to learning.
“Time is valuable,” Hunter said. “I wanted to be out getting real-world experience.”
Currently Allen is completing an externship at Denver Health performing a pilot study on how proteins react in brain trauma injuries. He will graduate in April and begin studying for the MCAT.
It’s been a journey from his accounting text books and W-2 forms. But it’s been a journey about self-discovery, self-confidence and finding his true calling.
Find your path in the field of science at Regis University.