Regis University Reviews
NOTE: This review only applies to the FNP program at REgis and NOT the other degree sections of the Loretto Heights School of Nursing which are Fabulous! I received my bachelors degree (BSN) and first master's degree (MSN: Leadership in Health Care Systems/ Education) from Regis and my education was FABULOUS. I cannot say enough good things about the instructors in these two areas. HOWEVER, when I went back for my Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Regis University, I cannot tell you the problems that I found in this program. As someone who LEARNED how to be a great educator from Regis, I found the following problems with this program: 1. The instructors may be good Nurse Practitioners, BUT they do NOT know how to teach. They would READ their power points off to us for 8 hours (if they kept us that long- often they would let us out after only four hours which is a violation of the Board of Nursing's rules on education where students have to meet a certain amount of classroom time.) 2. Some of the NP instructors and the Director of the NP program (Dr. Cullen) have no regard for people with disabilities and will often make fun of them or denigrate them for their disabilities. 3. Furthermore, some of the instructors (primarily the two instructors of the Pediatric class/clinical I was in who were also my classroom teachers), the Director of the NP program (Dr. Cullen), and even my Clinical Evaluator who is a priest and an FNP have ABSOLUTELY NO compassion for those students who are having family difficulties. I was a straight A (4.00 GPA student) and was in my second to last class/clinical before graduation and was almost finished with that class/clinical. During that time, I was dealing with several immediate family members who were on hospice (dying), my mother needed a pacemaker and is disabled, my only sibling was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer (last stage), my husband was suffering debilitating vertigo (dizziness), and my husband and I were also trying to adopt at that time having gone through the miscarriage of 6 babies the year before I started the program (lost twins just days before starting the program) among other issues that I was undergoing. My instructors, the Director of the NP program, and my Clinical Evaluator ALL knew about my disabilities and the other issues that were affecting me in my life at that time. Even though I was told by my preceptor (who was also one of my classroom teachers) that I was doing a "'great job" in clinical (whenever I ASKED HER since she never took it on her OWN initiative to tell me how l was doing). In any case, I contacted my Clinical Evaluator (who as I mentioned before is a PRIEST as well as an FNP) stating that I was worried I might fail as the stress was getting too much for me and even though he offered to meet me, he NEVER followed through on meeting with me (IGNORED my last email asking for his help and attempting to set up a meeting with him) NOR did he COME TO clinical to see HOW I was doing except for his initial visit! In any case, I was called my by preceptor out of the blue and told not to come to clinical and then not to come to class. As an experienced Nursing Instructor, I had to say "You mean I failed?" as she did not have the courage to tell me that I had failed. She said "Yes, I am sorry that I was too PASSIVE to tell you that you had failed and that I NEVER told you you were not doing well in the clinical." All along, she had been telling me that I was doing a great job and never even gave me any notice that I was not doing a great job. As I learned in my fabulous first Master's program at Regis University on how to teach and as an experienced Nursing Instructor, I learned that when you see a student struggling and who is asking for help, you ask the student if there is anything bothering them and if you can help (of course they already KNEW about the hardships I was going through and did NOTHING), then if the student is at risk of failing, you tell them that they are at risk for failure, then set up a remediation plan and tell them that they have to do this in order to pass the class or clinical. This at least gives them a "heads up" and a chance to improve. However, if you WAIT until there is no time left for them to improve and the class is finishing, then you have done them a great disservice, especially if you wait until the day after the drop date- which is what my instructors did in this case- because they were to "passive to tell me before" that I was failing. You also DO NOT mislead students by telling them they are doing a great job when they are not. 4. They failed me based on things that were "known after the fact" -On my last day at clinical, I saw a child and we ordered the patient's records from another hospital as we were not getting answers from the child's mother. At my failure conference, my preceptor told me she had failed me for not telling her certain facts about the child's condtion- facts that I could only have known only AFTER reading the other hospital's records which were not available until 3 weeks after I was failed and was no longer at the clinical site. My preceptor also failed me on her faulty perceptions of situations and not actual facts, such as when she said that I "badgered" a doctor to answer a question- a question that was asked after I obtained permission from the doctor to ask the question and one that was done during the doctor's and my mutual lunch break and for which the doctor denies that I "badgered" him. My preceptor admitted during the failure conference that it was her "perception" that I was badgering the doctor and that it was "unprofessional." (The question I was asking was if the doctor knew of a good ENT for my husband, At the same time and on the other hand, my preceptor was asking numerous other healthcare professionals (MD, FNP, PA) about one of her family members issues- one in which she as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with at least 7 years of practice under her belt should have been able to answer- yet her questions were not considered unprofessional.) 5. My Clinical Evaluator only came to see me one time at the beginning of the clinical'. At he failure conference, he said that even though he knew that I was not doing well, he never bothered to tell me. Furthermore, his Clinical Evaluation was based, not on what he observed, but rather on what my preceptor thought and she based most of her statements on her admitted "perceptions", false facts- such as those known after the fact, and so forth. I have to say that I do have glowing evaluations from other preceptors during that same class/clinicals who did not see any problem with me or my performance. In addition, if I was such a danger to patients that t remove me from clinical, then why was I allowed to see patients for so long ALONE WITHOUT my preceptor ever being around? As a Nursing Instructor, if I have a doubt about one of my students not being safe, I would NEVER allow that student to see patients alone and I would have removed them from clinical faster than waiting until the semester was almost finished- in a week or two! 6. I was also told by my instructors and the Director of the NP program at Regis that I asked too many questions (I am a student that is learning and don't students ask questions in order to learn? Furthermore, am I not PAYING for the privilege to ask questions, especially since I am paying with my own hard earned money for this class/clinical?). They also made dismissed and made derisive comments about my disability which I think was very unprofessional on their part, especially since they are healthcare practitioners who have to deal with patients with this disability in their practices.These are just a few of the issues - there are more but this is already too long. 7. The Director of the NP program at Regis did not reply to me after I sent them my rebuttal letter for almost one year when according to Regis University rules, she has a limited time frame in which to get back to me- that is not a year and a year in which to reply back to a student about such an issue as this is NOT acceptable for such a prestigious university as Regis University. So what I would like to say in conclusion is that overall Regis University Loretto Heights School of Nursing is a GREAT school and you FABULOUS education as long as you are NOT in the FNP program taking pediatric classes and it is still under Director Cullen's leadership.
Incredible education. I was hesitant on going here at first because of the small size but couldn't have been happier. The individualized attention and actual care for each of the students is undeniable. Whether you were an athlete, on scholarship, or a regular student - you were special to the university. They taught me how the importance of an education and the love for your community.
Very disappointed in this program. Very disappointed in the leadership of this program. When you have difficulties you need guidance with as a working student they tell you that you are expecting things to be easy and that you shouldn't be complaining. I never thought a masters would be easy. I simply thought that one of the teachers rules for working students was inappropriate. I was essentially slapped in the face by my counselor and told I should resign. It is a shame with they charge so much 600+ a credit hour that they cannot help their students succeeds.
I have three college degrees and a professional certificate. I have a Bachelor's in Chemistry from Regis College in 1979, a Associate's in Paralegal Studies from Community College of Denver in 1995, a Master's in Chemistry from University of Colorado in 2004, and a Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of Colorado in 2009. All throughout my academic experiences with my educational studies, I've attended a number of other schools such as the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and the University of Denver. I share this such that there can be no question that I have a wide basis for comparing Regis to many other academic institutions. I came from a public inner city school system that taught poorly - but when I arrived at Regis, and flunked my first semester of Freshman English 101, my counselor and teachers rallied to bring me up to grade. It took a year - but because of my Regis experience and education, I was well equiped to go anyway and challenge any degree program. It's funny really, in 1974 I flunked Freshman English, and now I a professional writer who's been published all over including in Colorado law. THANKS REGIS!
Some classes were harder than others, some instructors shined more than others, but overall it was an academically rigorous curriculum with high quality instruction. The institution sometimes let me down, but I had a phenomenal advisor who helped smooth any of that out when I needed her to. My Chair was highly competent and even-handed, although he does love a good debate/argument (not necessarily a bad thing). I studied hard, turned in good work, and was rewarded with a nice GPA and an actual award at graduation. I was recently accepted into a Master's program at a very prestigious school, so I don't think it's fair for anyone to say it's not a "real school." As for getting jobs and the like, the degree just gets your foot in the door - if you don't interview well (or fill in the blank), then obviously you're not going to get job offers. That's life! You also have to pick your field of study carefully, as not all are created equally in the job market. I would do it over again (thank God I don't have to!), and am satisfied I got a good, well-rounded Computer Science/Computer Networking education. FYI, the CN program is now closed to new entrants, but it's being replaced with something else which is also ABET-accredited. Oh, in closing, that bears mentioning: in the world of CS/CN, you need ABET accreditation. Regis is one of the few places where you can get that online, and I believe it's still the only not-for-profit with that mark of distinction. Go Rangers!
After reading some of the recent reviews, I can say that things have not changed at Regis. My advisor was unreachable as well. I gave up trying to get help from her and had to direct myself through the program. At one point I wanted to change my major and did need her advice so I dropped in on her, directly to her office unannounced after trying multiple times to contact through email and by phone. She told me just to stay in the program in which I was already enrolled. In retrospect I think she didn't want to do the work involved in changing me to a different degree. Big mistake. In my fourth year one of my professors told me that no one would hire me because they know the quality of the degree coming from Regis. Well guess what, in 2008 I lost my job after working as tech support only for a few years, and never found another tech job. My degree was for nothing. I tried to go to the job center at Regis but they told me that was for the Regis College students only. Also, I overheard employees talking about how the adult program was not a "real" university. That the adult program existed only to keep Regis College flush with money. I agree with the other reviewer who said they are arrogant. They sell you a tagline without any substance.
I received my Bachelor's degree in accounting from Regis and I loved it. However, I'm in my 3rd class with the MBA in accounting/Finance and I'm not impressed. One of my classes consisted of a print out not a book. The discussions weren't related to the print outs and the homework was ridiculous-the professor (I use the term loosely) said he couldn't find a book that met his standards-really I'm paying 3k for this class and I'm reading off of a print out? I dropped the class and asked my advisor if I can transfer a Masters class to substitute-her response? I don't know. Sorry-I'm going somewhere else-Regis get your act together!!!! Oh and I haven't opened a book and received straight A's.
I loved Regis! I think the small school feel really allowed me to thrive, getting to know my professors and peers very well. The staff was also tremendously helpful in my college journey. I struggled a bit in school before coming to college, but at Regis I really excelled and I'm eternally grateful for that.
The Regis experience is tough but worth it. The instruction is a cut above the average online experience(I have 3 advanced degrees, 2 completed online at different institutions). I prize my Regis degree because it represents lots of work and pride. The school takes their honor code seriously. Ethics is a topic in every class. If you just want to google your way through, this is NOT the school for you. The instructors are highly successful in their industry and they are helpful.-- However, they expect you to work like you are a professional. If you really want to learn something this is an exciting place to be. Their MBA program ranks high nationally. They stay up to date on the latest in business. I am a life-long learner. I had been out of school for years when I went back for an MBA. A degree from Regis is one of the best things I did for myself. Their financial aid was most helpful. I got a loan from a Colorado bank at a better interest rate than other places.
I am now in my ninth course with the online program at Regis University. The faculty is for the most part disconnected from online students. I have had only one instructor who actually challenged the work submitted with the remainder giving an A for any work submitted. One facilitator was so obviously disconnected from the class that a paper which missed the submission deadline was actually given an A before it was submitted. I emailed the instructor to explain my situation and why the paper was late with no reply received. In the year I have been in the program a total of seventeen emails to my assigned advisor have gone unanswered. There has been absolutely no contact with the advisor from day one and overall this seems like a diploma mill. I could only transfer two classes to another college and am now so far in that it only makes sense to finish the program. Employers will see the degree and not the quality of instruction but in all honesty I would have preferred to have been challenged academically while pursuing my Masters.