REGIS UNIVERSITY, a private, co-ed Jesuit Catholic university, is located in Denver, Colorado. It sits on nearly 100 acres of scenic terrain at the foothills of the great Rocky Mountains. According to the university website, ( September/US%20News%20Ranking.aspx 2013/), Regis has been ranked as one of the best universities in the United States by U. S. News & World Report for the past 19 years.. This achievement underscores their commitment to a quality, values-based education to their students. The alumni and the university itself have been the recipients of numerous awards, and its charitable consciousness is known throughout the immediate region. As stated by U. S. News & World Report, Regis University ranks number 27 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges. The university offers three training branches, which encompass myriad paths to varied careers in both degree and certification programs. 

Regis College

Regis College offers the liberal arts arm of the university. It has approximately 1900 undergraduate students and offers more than 50 academic programs. Curriculums that inspire students to think beyond the classroom include studies abroad and academic internships. These traditional-aged students have access to hundreds of activities, including athletics, campus radio station, outdoor adventure programs, and much more. The college also offers a service-learning component whereby students are partnered with community organizations to serve in various capacities.

A licensure program is available for elementary and secondary teacher education and master’s degrees in education, which requires more than 800 hours of practice teaching in local schools that has to be completed in one calendar year. A certificate is available for the linguistically diverse- learner teachers that requires a “B” average in four courses. It must be completed within three years, and transfer credits are not accepted. The Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate is designed for educators to address issues of reforms in education. It requires three years of education experience, 12 units of study which must be earned through Regis University, and it must be completed within three years.

Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

The Department of Health Care Ethics of Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions encompasses schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy. It further includes two divisions: Counseling and Family Therapy and Health Services Administration. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees as well as certification programs to prepare students for careers in various health professions.

In the School of Physical Therapy, a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise prepares students for a graduate degree in Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and related fields. Graduates of the Pharmacy school earn a Doctor of Pharmacy after completing two years of prerequisite coursework, then applying to the four-year professional program. The School of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees; in addition, it offers certificates in Gerontology, Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Health Care Education.

College for Professional Studies

Adult students are usually already working when they decide to pursue credentials or certification in their chosen field to advance their careers. The College for Professional Studies is designed to cater to the needs of adult learners who bear the responsibility of taking care of a family or have other responsibilities, either working inside or outside the home. The college offers accessible, reasonably-priced bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to individuals who must weigh responsibilities among work, school and family.

Courses, as part of an established curriculum, are offered online or at multiple locations in Colorado. Online classes allow students to participate through class forums and faculty-guided discussions with accelerated five and eight week programs; however, the master’s program requires face-to-face instruction in addition to the online format. Students have the choice of either completing a project or writing a thesis upon completion of the program. Graduates will be qualified in myriad positions in non-profit, business and educational pursuits.

The university also provides flexible programs and education benefits for active military men and women, veterans and their families. Both online and on-campus options with an accelerated term schedule — five and eight week formats — facilitate completion of their educational aspirations. Military personnel are motivated by a lower tuition of $250 per unit for bachelor’s degrees, 15% discount for MBA programs and 10% reduction for all other master’s programs. Furthermore, they can earn their degree faster by receiving credit for military experience.

The Denver Post reported that Regis University participates in Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, which runs in Africa and Amman, Jordan. Students take classes online and earn a diploma in liberal studies that is equivalent to an associate’s degree. Not only does the university provide valuable education, they also provide transportation to computer centers, and they shipped caps and gowns for the first graduation ceremony.

REGIS UNIVERSITY programs support traditional-age students who are leaving home for the first time with the majority living on the campus. It also caters to non-traditional-age students who range in age from 24-65 years of age, most of whom are already in the working world and are enhancing their education to improve their careers, or maybe they are seeking intellectual stimulation. The last division, the health professions, provides degrees in health-related careers. Curriculums are available for undergraduate, graduate, transfer, international and community college students.

One unusual feature that REGIS UNIVERSITY offers is acceptance of transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities regardless of when you earned the credits; they also accept military and training certificates and American Council on Education recommended courses taken through employers or professional organizations. As long as transfer students complete at least 25% of course work through REGIS UNIVERSITY, they will receive a bachelor’s degree.