Regis University will graduate its first doctor of pharmacy class on May 5

Donnie VeaseyApril 30, 2013

(DENVER) – The innovative School of Pharmacy in Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP) will graduate its first doctor of pharmacy class when 50 students receive their doctoral degrees during spring commencement at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 5 at the University’s North Denver (Lowell) campus.

The pharmacy program, which began at Regis University in 2009, offers an entry-level doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree which educates students to become practicing pharmacists.  It is the only school of pharmacy in the country that uses an integrated team-based learning (TBL) approach to teaching its curriculum. 

The 50 Doctor of Pharmacy graduating students are:  Corina Beth Adams, Janelle Espique Agulo, Jeffrey Alan Baca, Kelly C. Bahr, Paige Susette Boumeester, Amber Jane Button, Thomas Welch Cowden, Kevin Andrew Curry, Laurel Osborn Defibaugh, Sherree Cora Dismuke, Bryan Do, Kevin Duong, Eve Grace Hackett, Kristin Claudette Heath, Yea Seul Hwang, Jisha M. John, Derek James Johnson, Paul Kang, Gregory Allen Knutsen, Roger George Kurian, Phuoc Huy Le, Melissa Esther Letter, Helen Leung, Mary Lien, Eric Nels Lorensen, Kimberly Johanna Low, Jason Chan Mallari, Michael Daniel Marroquin, Marcella Michelle Molina, David Ngoc Nguyen, Neenah T. Nguyen, Tyler Quoc Nguyen, Vivian Nim, Chelsea Katherine Ochoa, Shannon M. Ortiz, Sarah M. Pham, Trinidad Joseph Ramirez, Quinn Andrew Reilly, Martin Alberto Rojo, Daniel Joseph Schuenke, Stacey A. Smith,

Elizabeth H. Tran, Kendra Tache Turner-Jones, John J. Turtle, Johnson L. Vu, Matthew Edward White, Megan Elizabeth Williams, Jennifer D. Woolley, Jayce Wright and Michael A. Zehnder.

“These students came to Regis University with a pioneering spirit – believing in the innovative model of pharmacy education we are using and in the Jesuit mission of Regis University to educate men and women for service of others,” said Rod Carter, dean of the Regis University School of Pharmacy and a former president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacies.  “Our expectation is that they will continue this spirit of innovation and service to find the ‘Magis’ in their practices – to find out, to create, how to do more for their patients.”

The Regis University doctor of pharmacy program is offered in a 2+4 format (two years of prerequisite undergraduate coursework prior to applying to the four-year professional program). In the team-based learning  curriculum, students are accountable for learning the basics of a subject before coming to class.  Class time is not spent listening to lectures, but rather in solving real-life problems in a team-based environment, applying concepts in use by practicing pharmacists.  The students get further opportunities to apply their learning in the clinical experience and service learning courses that occur in all four years of their curriculum.

According to Carter, the TBL approach provides daily experience in teamwork, communication and problem solving skills which are very necessary in the evolving practice of pharmacy, both here in Colorado and nationally.  “And because it’s the way courses are taught, not what is being taught, TBL provides this experience without sacrificing curricular focus on the basic knowledge and application of that knowledge to pharmacy practice,” explained Carter.

The School of Pharmacy curriculum includes courses intended to help graduates improve patient outcomes by working with health care teams on treatment selection, counseling patients on medication use, advocating patient safety and striving to minimize disparities in health care access, especially for marginalized populations.  Regis pharmacy graduates are expected to be knowledgeable, skillful and principled in whatever areas of pharmacy they choose to practice.

Regis University, with nearly 15,000 students, comprises Regis College, College for Professional Studies and Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. The University is recognized by U. S. News & World Report as a Top School in the West and is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities throughout the United States.  Regis University is located at 3333 Regis Blvd. at 50th and Lowell Streets in north Denver. In addition to its North Denver Lowell campus, the University has campus locations in Colorado Springs, Interlocken at Broomfield, Denver Tech Center, Thornton (dual-language campus),  Loveland and Henderson, Nevada.  For more information about Regis University visit

Donnie Veasey
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