About Rueckert-Hartman College

The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP) comprises three schools: Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy; and two divisions: Counseling and Family Therapy and Health Services Education. Our innovative and dynamic degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare you for a variety of careers in the health professions with cutting-edge knowledge essential in today's ever-changing health care environments. Within the Jesuit Catholic tradition of Regis University, the RHCHP is an interprofessional college embracing the following mission and values:

Rueckert-Hartman College Mission Statement

"Our mission is to advance the ideals of social justice and the health of our global community through innovative teaching and learning, as well as exceptional practice and scholarship."
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Rueckert-Hartman College Values

We Commit Ourselves to:

  • Prioritize student-centered learning, emphasizing the care and education of the whole person.
  • Nurture respect for human diversity and inclusion.
  • Use evidence as the basis for education and practice.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior, environmental sustainability, and values-based practice in health care.
  • Provide practice and service opportunities that are transformative.
  • Develop leaders who are mindful of the social determinants of health, promoting health equity and increased access to health care, with the intention of transforming the future of health delivery systems to advance the welfare of our global community.
Academic Dean, Rueckert-Hartman College
Our perspective is global.
Our versatile, academically rigorous programs will sharpen your leadership skills and train you to work for the advancement of local and global health care.
Our approach is personal.

All programs provide faculty advisors who are committed to your personal development as a health careleader, in an environment that supports, nurtures and mentors you every step of the way.

Our programs are flexible.

Many RHCHP programs are available online, during the evenings or every other weekend to allow you convenience in reaching your educational goals.

Our Location

Peter Claver, S.J., Hall houses Rueckert-Hartman college, including administrative offices and the Office of the Dean. Check it out on our interactive map.

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Advisory Board

The RHCHP Advisory Board is composed of health care industry leaders who support Regis University and serve as ambassadors for the college to help RHCHP carry out its mission.

Awards and Distinctions

School of Physical Therapy’s Dr. Cameron MacDonald received the 2023 “Kaltenborn – Teach I Must” award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. It is the Annual national teaching award in Orthopaedic manual Therapy Fellowships, accredited by the American Council of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Education. Regis faculty members Dr. Alice Davis and Dr. Nancy Mulligan were honored to present the Award during the annual conference October 27, 2023 in St Louis, MO at the Annual ACOMPTE conference.

An Award for Excellence in Innovation in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy was received by our current post-graduate Fellowship student Dr. Rebekah Griffith, who is an affiliate faculty to the School of Physical Therapy. Her award was presented by Dr Christopher Edmundson, Regis alumni and Affiliate Faculty.

The Division of Counseling and Family Therapy has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Sisters of St. Francis in support of the DCFT scholarships and stipends for low socioeconomic and first-gen students.

The School of Physical Therapy’s graduate program was ranked at #33 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

School of Physical Therapy’s Dr. Suzanne Holm was inducted into the 2024 cohort of the American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows at the Award Ceremony on March 23, 2024 in Orlando, FL.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (MA) received full 8-year reaccreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

College Factual ranked LHSON fourteen (14) times the top five (5) for 2023. Included are these overall #1 rankings from across all Schools in Colorado - Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree, Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree, Best Nursing Graduate Degree, Best Nursing Master’s Degree, Best Nursing School and Best Registered Nursing Schools. LHSON was also ranked #2 among all Rocky Mountain Region Schools for both the Best Nursing Practice Graduate Degree and the Best Nursing Practice. collegefactual.com

Regis University's online RN to BSN program has been recognized as the #1 Ranked Online RN to BSN Program in Colorado for 2023 by RegisteredNursing.org.

LHSON was rated #1 in 2023 by Registered Nursing for Best Online RN to BSN Programs in Colorado, registerednursing.org

LHSON’s B.S. Nursing (BSN) was rated #2 in 2023 among Best Colleges for Nursing in Colorado by niche.com.

RHCHP was ranked 3 times in the top 15 by collegefactual.com including #3 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree among Schools in Colorado.

Division of Counseling and Family Therapy was ranked #3 in 2023 for Best Mental & Social Health Services Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region by collegefactual.com.

The Division of Health Services Education was rated #5 in 2023 for Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region by collegefactual.com.

The Division of Health Services Education was rated #7 in 2023 for Best Online Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration by universityhq.org.

[These selections are all taken from the longer list of RU rankings found on regis.edu/about/university-facts-figures/rankings]

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing’s RN to BSN program has been ranked #1 in Colorado by RegisteredNursing.org

Niche.com ranks Regis University #1 Best Colleges for Nursing in Colorado in 2022.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Regis University's School of Physical Therapy in the top 25 Best Physical Therapy Programs!

The DPT Program received full 10-year reaccreditation through 2031 by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Dr. Maria Milagros Kneusel-Rivera (LHSON), who won the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Nurse of the Year Award! Read more about NAHN.

Dr. Amanda Hine (HSE) has been invited to serve on the 2021-2022 Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs (CECA) Committee of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). The committee is composed of seasoned healthcare ethics consultants (HCECs) and is charged with developing and disseminating educational materials for HCECs and ethics committees. This is a one-year appointment and is quite competitive and at the national level.

Dr. Allana Sucher (SOP) has received a commendation from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) for her work toward publication of an important home-study series for clinical pharmacists with the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP).

The Service Learning team has received a $20,000 grant from the Daniels Fund. The Daniels Fund focuses on supporting highly effective and ethical nonprofit organizations that achieve significant results. The grant will be used for direct services to low-income community members.

Drs. Emily Wang and Sherry Fuller (LHSON) have been selected as Nightingale Regional Luminaries! Emily was nominated for her work with National Taiwan University and Sherry for her work on our nursing skills lab. Both will move on to the state Nightingale competition. These awards are Colorado’s highest nursing honor.

NNP student Catherine Baessler was named as a Luminary for her work with Dr. Carol Wallman on the National Association of Neonatal Nurses’ (NANN) position statement on marijuana and breastfeeding. Regis was well represented at the regional awards.

This year, five RHCHP students were awarded HealthONE scholarships as part of the Regis/HealthONE Health Careers Collaborative.

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, received a grant for “A Rural Colorado Collaborative to Expand and Integrate Behavioral Healthcare,” approved by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and funded for $499,228 for Year 1 with recommended funding to continue for two additional years for implementation at the three (3) APRN-led clinics in rural Colorado.

Regis University’s Nurse Practitioner Program was named one of the 50 best by Intelligent.com, a resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning. The ranking system considers factors such as curriculum quality, student engagement, and potential return on investment.

Nursing School Hub ranked our MS in Nursing Leadership #3 out of 25 programs.

Regis University’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program was ranked #2 in the nation, for the third year in a row, by RegisteredNursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization. The ranking was awarded based on factors including acceptance rate, online course offerings, and tuition adjusted for cost of living. Learn more about the methodology used.

Dr. Tristen Amador will join the Front Range Community College Business Programs Advisory Board. Tristen’s membership on this Advisory Board is part of a strategic initiative by the University and RHCHP to enhance partnership opportunities with community colleges across Metro Denver and beyond.

Due to the efforts of Dr. Lindsay Edwards (DCFT), Regis University was awarded CARES ACT funding from the City of Thornton totaling $166,270.00 for the purpose of enhancing and providing tele-mental health service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds supported The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy in providing teletherapy to residents of Thornton who otherwise would be denied mental health services during the pandemic.

Dr. Heidi Eigsti was appointed by Governor Polis to serve on the Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council.

RHCHP was proud to have three honorary members inducted into The Alpha Sigma Nu honor society: Dr. Phyllis Graham-Dickerson, LHSON Assistant Dean and Professor, Dr. Alice Davis, SOPT associate professor, and Dr. Robert Haight, former SOP Interim Assistant Dean and Associate Professor.

Dr. Amanda Hine was invited to join the Donor Alliance® Ethics Committee. Donor Alliance® is the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization and an American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. Donor Alliance’s mission is to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Dr. Stephanie James received a grant from the InterFaith Youth Corp for $7500. She trained pharmacy students to be vaccine ambassadors who worked with high school groups to promote health literacy and vaccine education. Students received a $1500 stipend.

Dr. Stephanie James was elected to the Immunize Colorado Board of Directors. Immunize Colorado is dedicated to keeping Colorado communities healthy by building awareness for vaccines, educating health care providers, and advocating for policies that protect children with the goal of increasing childhood vaccination rates.

Dr. William McGehee, associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy, was elected as Speaker of the House of Delegates for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Mark Reinking, Dean of the School of Physical Therapy, was elected president of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy in October 2020.

Dr. Maria Milagros Kneusel Rivera, a Regis community health nursing faculty with a Centura Health clinical practice, was recognized for her work making sure that the community’s questions are answered in both English and Spanish. Kneusel was recently highlighted by 9NEWS.

Dr. Maria Milagros Kneusel Rivera (LHSON) was honored in June 2021 by her colleagues in the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), who named her #NAHNSTRONG.

Dr. Samit Shah, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, was unanimously voted onto the Board of Directors for La Clínica Tepeyac. His expertise in pharmacy and business will be a great addition to the board, as plans to build a new clinic and pharmacy move forward.

Dr. Joanna Stratton’s article “Mental Health Needs Surge During Pandemic” was published in The Denver Post’s YourHub section. Luis Alvarez (DCFT) was interviewed in the article in which Dr. Stratton describes the widespread impact of the pandemic on mental health. In response to increased need, the Regis Center for Counseling and Family Therapy has expanded its program to accommodate a caseload of 200 patients (up from 70 patients last year).

Dr. Emily Wang and Sherry Fuller were both awarded the 2021 Nurse Educator Award for Extraordinary Leadership by the Nurse Educator’s Conference (NEC) in the Rockies.

Regis University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program was ranked #25 in the 2020 US News and World Report ranking of physical therapist educational programs.

The Regis DPT program was ranked #20 in the 30 Most Affordable Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees by BestMedicalDegrees.com, and a Best Value program for 2019-20 from HealthGrad.com.

The Creighton University-Regis University partnership, offering a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree, is celebrating its fifth year. Creighton University’s Occupational Therapy program was ranked #15 by US News and Report in 2020.

Dr. Reinking, Dean of the School of Physical Therapy, was awarded the Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy and the Catherine Worthingham Fellowship of the APTA, the highest achievement possible in APTA. In May, Dr. Reinking was elected as president of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) boasted a 99.2% NCLEX pass rate for its accelerated students, an all-time highest pass rate recorded by DORA in 20 years.

LHSON was named #1 in a list of "Best Colleges in Colorado for Nursing for 2018" by niche.com

Regis University’s School of Physical Therapy placed among the top 30 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s recently released Best Colleges rankings. The University placed 32nd for Best Value Schools.

Health Services Education was the recipient of another $10,000 from the COPIC Medical Foundation for the 7th year in a row for a total of $70,000. Two students were awarded $5,000 each in this academic year for studies in the post-bachelor’s certificate in Quality and Patient Safety (QPS).

The School of Pharmacy received $12,000 for a Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Scholarship and program funding from Walgreen’s. This is the highest amount received among the three pharmacy schools in the region. The amount for each school is determined by the quality of experiences provided during the previous year.

The Division of Counseling and Family Therapy (DCFT) received a $2 million Pomponio Family Endowed Fund for the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy (CCFT) to provide excellence in education and expand service capabilities.  The donors also created awards for outstanding graduates and for faculty to support scholarly work.

The Division of Counseling and Family Therapy has secured a $100,000 donation to replace and update the technology in the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy.

The National Security Agency has awarded a $254,071 grant to RHCHP's collaborative team, including Jiang K (PI), Likarish D (Co-I), Fultan S (Co-I), Mancuso R (Co-I), Amador T (Co-I). The grant will fund a cybersecurity B.S. program: Design Integrating Human Behavior Tools (Phase I) to meet the need of underserved and under-utilized students.

The National Security Agency has awarded a significant grant ($275,939.39) to the collaborative team of Mancuso R (PI), Amador T (Co-I), Likarish D (Co-I), Jiang K (Co-I) to fund An Extensible Psychometric Metric Driven Curriculum Framework for Multi-Disciplinary CyberSecurity Educators.

The School of Physical Therapy is very pleased to announce a significant grant award to Baum B (PI), Nelson-Wong E (Co-I), Silverman A. for "Comparing Running-Specific and Traditional Prostheses during Running: Assessing Performance and Risk" ($697,999) awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense, 2015-2018.

Loretto Heights School of Nursing has received grant awards funded to Susan Dalbey by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Nurse Faculty Loan Program in the following amounts: $39,510 for Academic Year 2017-2018, $220,333 for Academic Year 2016-2017, and $176,586 for Academic Year 2015-2016.

The Master’s in Health Services Administration (MS-HSA) program was ranked #8 of the “Top 20 graduate programs in the West for 2016,” by Master Programs Guide.

Best Colleges ranked our online Master’s in Health Services Administration (MS-HSA) program #17 in the nation for non-profit and private universities.

CollegeChoice.net ranked our Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration (BS-HCA) Program in the top tier - #8 of the top 50.

Master Programs Guide listed Regis University as having one of the “Top 50 Best Online Graduate Programs in the country for 2015-2016.”

U.S. News & World Report ranked Regis University's online Master of Science, Nursing, in top five "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans." A big salute to Loretto Heights School of Nursing and our U.S. Veterans.

Loretto Heights School of Nursing was recognized by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) for "creating an environment that fosters superior leadership skills in neonatal nursing practice."