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Center for Service Learning

Service learning is an integral part of learning within the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP). Through community-based experiential service learning opportunities, students gain insight into social justice while developing professional skills like communication, leadership and cultural intelligence.

Service learning emphasizes critical thinking and reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of personal growth, academic enhancement, civic learning and professional development beyond clinical skills-building, and gives students the chance to practice acting with justice. 

Service learning is embedded into RHCHP courses with objectives, assignments and direct service. The critical reflection and transformative experiences involved in service learning position students to fully meet the diverse needs of their patients and clients.

Project-Based Service Learning Projects

RHCHP students often complete projects that provide for additional needs of the populations served by partner organizations. During these projects, students work collaboratively with their site supervisors to create and complete a project with lasting legacies for the communities they serve.

Project-based service learning allows students to participate in active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. This practice creates real-world leadership experiences with diverse populations and allows students to develop cultural intelligence while leaving a lasting impact on their community. 

Creation of a sensory board for Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding program serving children with autism.

Planning and hosting baby showers for families at Ronald McDonald House who are away from their homes while their children receive medical services.

Creating and implementing health education and prevention curriculum.

Coordination of an annual Gear Distribution and Wellness Fair for the Homeless Community of Denver, in partnership with Father Woody’s Haven of Hope day shelter.

Assisting with planning and implementation of a Music and Memory program for memory care residents at Juniper Village Assisted Living.

Courses with Service Learning Components

DPT 708

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, healthcare access, communication skills, critical thinking, reflective practice, Jesuit pedagogy, cultural intelligence, Transformational Framework, social-emotional connections, compassion care and more. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in 9Health Fair (8-10 hours/screening and observation/written reflection), screening protocol review, Postflection class, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


DPT 730

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice for individuals living with disabilities, healthcare access, health and wellness for those with disabilities, compassion care and more. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in a disability organization (10 hours), Postflection class, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


DPT 771

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, health literacy, determinates of health, communication skills, health promotion and prevention and more. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in a community partner site (10 hours), Postflection class, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


DPT 772 & 773

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of gaining an understanding of the social, economic or health related issues that impact the population the student chooses to work with over a two-semester longitudinal placement. Students engage in project-based learning providing a deliverable to the organization as a legacy project. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in a community partner site chosen from a list of provided options (5-10 hours), Midflection class, poster presentation, time-log/impacts  and an assessment survey.


DPT 775

Students are not required to participate in a community-based service learning project. Instead, they will write a paper which focuses on reflection and analysis of all your service learning experiences. Students are expected to connect these experiences to the topics of civic engagement and social justice drawing from a selected list of resources. 


HCA 480

Service learning in this course includes the following: identify a service learning opportunity in your region that addresses the elements summarize of how the experience relates to service for an administrator. 


HCA 680

Service learning in this course includes applying principles of social justice, service and diversity to decision making in the health care environment. 


MCPY/MFT 615

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of: social justice, Jesuit pedagogy, cultural intelligence, bias, privilege, Transformational Framework, social-emotional connections, communication and compassion care, social and cultural identities, and more. Course assignments include: Preflection class, pre-reflection paper, community partner site placement (variety of social/cultural populations – 10 hours minimum), Midflection presentation, Postflection class, post-reflection paper, time-log/impacts, and assessment survey.


NR 410

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice and health issues related to older adults, communication skills, strategies for advocacy with children and older adults, critical thinking, reflective practice, Jesuit pedagogy, cultural intelligence, Transformational Framework, social-emotional connections, compassion care, and more. This course includes a Preflection and Postflection class, site placement in assisted living (8-10 hours), reflection paper, pre-service learning plan, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


NR 422

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of: Jesuit pedagogy, leadership, social justice issues related to those served in community partners sites (health/wellness fairs), Transformational Framework, and more. This course includes a Preflection and Postflection class, health/wellness fair planning and onsite implementation (8-10 hours), reflection paper, pre-service learning plan, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


NR 600

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, civic engagement, Jesuit pedagogy, cultural intelligence, bias, privilege, Transformational Framework, social-emotional connections, communication and compassion care, social and cultural identities, and more. This course includes a Preflection class or PowerPoint (for online courses), pre-service learning plan, reflection paper and an assessment survey.


NR 608

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of societal justice issues and public policy, advocacy, civic engagement and more. This course includes pre-service learning plan, policy-focused activities, observation of legislative/board meetings/processes and an assessment survey.


NR 609

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, bias, privilege, Transformational Framework and more. This course includes a Preflection class or PowerPoint (for online courses), site placement (8-10 hours), a Postflection class, reflection paper, service learning plan, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


NR 651

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, bias, privilege, Transformational Framework and more. This course includes a Preflection class or PowerPoint (for online courses), site placement (8-10 hours), Postflection class, reflection paper, service learning plan, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


NR 623 E/F

Students reflect and analyze their service learning experiences throughout the program and submit a service learning reflection paper, discuss outcomes in class and participate in assessment survey.


NR 715

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, bias, privilege, Transformational Framework and more. This course includes site placement (8-10 hours), reflection paper, service learning plan, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


NR 725

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, bias, privilege, Transformational Framework and more. This course includes site placement (8-10 hours), reflection paper, service learning plan, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


PHRM 730

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, healthcare access and policy, Transformational Framework, interprofessional education, and more. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in 9Health Fair (8-10 hours/screening and observation/written reflection), screening protocol review, Postflection class, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


PHRM 741

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of social justice, health literacy, communication skills, critical thinking, reflective practice, Jesuit pedagogy, cultural intelligence, Transformational Framework, social-emotional connections, compassion care and more. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in afterschool programs (8-10 hours), Postflection class, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


PHRM 753

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of promoting health and wellness with older adults, providing companionship in the form of intergenerational compassion care with older adults, and understanding the social justice and health issues related to aging. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in assisted living facility (10 hours), Postflection class with article review and quiz, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


PHRM 754 & 755

Service learning in this course includes curriculum and learning outcomes in the areas of gaining an understanding of the social, economic or health related issues that impact the population the student chooses to work with over a two-semester longitudinal placement. Students engage in project-based learning providing a deliverable to the organization as a legacy project. This course includes a Preflection class, site placement in a community partner site (10-15 hours), project proposal, Midflection class, poster presentation, time-log/impacts and an assessment survey.


GivePulse

RHCHP Service Learning uses the online platform GivePulse for the tracking and management of service learning experiences as well as student project signup, logging service hours, submitting timesheets, and communicating with site supervisors and Service Learning staff.

Service Learning students use GivePulse in the following ways:

  • Learn about and register for service learning sites
  • Tracking & submitting service hours for approval
  • Access to site or supervisor contact information and required service learning and volunteer documents
  • Recording and tracking service learning hours with ability to view & print service transcripts throughout academic program

Community Partners

In collaboration with our community partners, RHCHP aims to advance social justice, cultural intelligence, civic engagement, leadership and health literacy.

Already a service learning partner?
Thank you! If you have specific questions about course requirements, student projects, GivePulse or other components of the community partner role, please reference the Service Learning Handbook.

If you would like to make updates to your Scope of Work Agreement or have questions or concerns about a current student or service project, please contact the RHCHP Service Learning Coordinator.

Interested in becoming a partner with RHCHP Service Learning?
We would love to talk with you about opportunities to work with our students. Contact the RHCHP Service Learning Coordinator for more information.

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Contact Us

Reach out for more information.

Cheryl Schwartz, Director
303.964.5754
cschwartz@regis.edu

Brenda Whetstone, Service Learning Coordinator
303.964.6748
bwhetstone@regis.edu