Dec 07, 2023  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Robert P. Soltis, PhD, Dean; Jennifer A. Snyder, PhD, PA-C, Associate Dean of Academic and Administrative Services; Julia M. Koehler, PharmD, Associate Dean of External Affiliations;  Gayle Hartleroad, EdD Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; John Hertig, MS, PharmD, Department Chair, Pharmacy Practice; Veronica Vernon, PharmD, Vice Chair, Pharmacy Practice; Marcos Oliveira, PhD, Department Chair Pharmaceutical Sciences; Kimberly Beck, PhD, Pharmacy Program Director; Darin C. Ramsey, PharmD, Assistant Program Director, Pharmacy Program; Elizbeth Schmidt, DMS, PA-C, Department Chair and Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies; Lauren Granger, MD, Medical Director, Physician Assistant Studies; Cody Sasek, PhD, PA-C, Program Director, Doctor of Medical Science Bridge Program; Jennifer S. Zorn, DMS, PA-C, Department Chair and Program Director, Doctor of Medical Science; Amy Sutton Peak, PharmD, Department Chair and Program Director, Health Sciences; Kevin Tuohy, PharmD, Director of Online Pharmacy Program

Meghan M. Bodenberg, PharmD; Nandita Das, PhD; Sudip K. Das, PhD; Patricia S. Devine, PharmD; Alexandre M. Erkine, PhD; Hala M. Fadda, PhD; Jane M. Gervasio, PharmD; Joseph K. Jordan, PharmD; Chad Knoderer, PharmD; Julia M. Koehler, PharmD; Marcos Oliveira, PhD; Brenda L. Quincy, MPH, PhD, PA-C; Darin C. Ramsey, PharmD; David Reeves, PharmD; Tracy L. Sprunger, PharmD; Jennifer A. Snyder, PhD, PA-C; Robert P. Soltis, PhD; Jennifer S. Zorn, DMS, PA-C

Associate Professors
Jarrett R. Amsden, PharmD; Renee Andreeff, EdD, PA-C; Kimberly M. Beck, PhD; Kacey Carroll, PharmD; Lauren Czosnowski, PharmD; Kendra M. Damer, PharmD; Mikaela Drake, PhD; Raymond Eifel, EdD; Stephanie L. Enz, PharmD; Jennifer R. Guthrie, MPAS, PA-C; John Hertig, PharmD; Weimin C. Hong, PhD; Michele Moore, PhD; Angela V. Ockerman, PharmD; Chioniso P. Masamha, PhD; Amy Sutton Peak, PharmD; Laura F. Ruekert, PharmD; Lindsay M. Saum, PharmD; Elizabeth Schmidt, DMS, PA-C; Daniel P. Sturm, MMS, PA-C; Kevin M. Tuohy, PharmD; Kali Veness, MPAS, PA- C; Alison M. Walton, PharmD; Deborah S. Zeitlin, PharmD

Assistant Professors

Prachi Arora, PhD; Oscar Beltran Perez, PhD; Carla Jones, PhD; Andrew Chastain, MSPAS, PA-C; Caleb A. Class, PhD PharmD; Molly Corder, PharmD; Anne Geary, MPAS, PA-C; Alican Gulsevin, PhD; Phillip King, PharmD; Jinhyun Lee, DPT, PhD; Mark Lutz, MPAS, PA-C; Annette T. McFarland, PharmD; Sheel M. Patel, PharmD; Jacob Peters, PharmD; Cody Sasek, PhD, PA-C; Andrew Schmelz, PharmD; Susanna Scott, PhD; Carol A. Sitzman, MPAS, PA-C; Kristin Trainor, PhD, LCSW; Jessica S. Triboletti, PharmD; Veronica Vernon, PharmD; Jeffrey Williams, PhD, LAT, ATC

Victor Canela, PhD; Margaret S. Stratford, PharmD

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Our mission is to provide innovative and interprofessional educational experiences in the health sciences. Connecting with a liberal arts perspective, we develop life-long learners who are able to serve society as dedicated health professionals, scholars, and community leaders.


Our vision is to develop today’s healthcare leaders to overcome tomorrow’s challenges.


  • Professionally Focused. Inspired with excellence in teaching and model lifelong learning. We have a passion for our life work and have dedicated our careers to training the next generation of healthcare providers and educators. We look for new ways to improve learning, and we adapt to the need for new knowledge, skills, and attitudes. We share our practical experiences with our students so that what they learn is directly connected to actual patient care or to our scholarship. We utilize real-life experiences wherever possible so that students develop an appreciation for the patient and societal variables that add complexity to the care of an individual or of a population. As faculty, we have developed a collaborative learning environment and are respectful and supportive of one another.
  • Student Focused. Dedicated to our students. We are dedicated to our students and committed to their development, both inside and outside the classroom, with teaching, advising, project oversight, and experiential learning.
  • Patient Focused. Dedicated to our patients and our professions. We are experienced healthcare practitioners and investigators who exude a high regard for patient care that is transmitted to our students. We teach others so our professions can excel and provide better patient care and research each day.


  • Education and Practice. Advance the practice of our healthcare professions and emphasize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach by providing effective and innovative programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional-level learners.
  • Research and Scholarly Activity. Conduct focused research and scholarly activity that is consistent with our expertise and tied to student experiences.
  • Public Health, Service, and Leadership. Foster leadership and service for students, faculty, and staff through public health-related community outreach, University and College service, and involvement in professional organizations.
  • Employer of Choice. Create an employment environment that provides leadership, personal growth, and resources to be a desired place of employment for the ongoing vitality of our programs.
  • Collaboration. Develop collaborations to increase the reach and effectiveness of our programs and public health initiatives.

COPHS Student Handbook

In addition to complying with the Butler University Student Handbook, students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences must comply with the policies outlined in the COPHS Student Handbook, including but not limited to the Professional Conduct Code and Academic Progress policies. See

Specialized Accreditation

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Physician Assistant Education Association. The Pharmacy Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through June 2028. The Physician Assistant program holds Accreditation-Continued status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), granted
when a currently accredited program is in compliance with ARC-PA Standards. For this program, the next validation review is expected to be in 2027.

Degree Programs

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree that provides eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist. The College also offers a Doctor of Pharmacy with pharmaceutical science or patient care research concentration, a Doctor of Pharmacy with medical Spanish concentration, and a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration dual-degree program that awards both the PharmD and MBA degrees upon simultaneous completion of the respective degree requirements.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree (MPAS) that provides eligibility for licensure as a physician assistant.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS). Two majors are offered within the BSHS program, Health Sciences (HS) and Healthcare & Business (HCB).

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers an online, post-professional academic degree program for physician assistants leading to the Doctor of Medical Science degree, including Healthcare Practice and Administration, Foundations in Critical Care, Foundations in Orthopedic Care, and PA Educator concentrations, and four certifications in the respective areas.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers the online Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree Bridge program that provides doctoral level education for physician assistants who have graduated in the past 6 months from an entry level physician assistant program.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers an online, post-professional academic certificate for graduate level nurses leading to a certification as a Nurse Educator.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a certificate in the Transition of Clinical Practice for graduate physician assistant and advanced practice nursing.

For general information on applying and admission to any Butler program or course, see the Admission Information and Requirements section of this document. College- and program-specific requirements are detailed below.

Student Ownership of Intellectual Property

For students who help create a copyrightable work or patentable invention with one or more University employees (faculty and/or staff), the following guidelines from the University’s Intellectual Property Manual may help determine when the University has certain rights in a work or invention the student has been involved in producing while at Butler. If the work or invention was created or conceived with the “substantial use” of University resources, then the work or invention may be subject to University ownership and control, with the student and/or faculty member having certain rights as described in the University Intellectual Property Policy.

For example, rights in a patentable invention arising from a student’s participation in a faculty research project that makes “substantial use” of University resources will be owned by the University, with any income from the patents being shared between the University, faculty, and student as set forth in the University Intellectual Property Policy. The policy thereby establishes the means and incentive for commercialization of the invention. The rights vest with the University. However, the ownership of copyrightable works that are not produced at the direction of the University, even those created with “substantial use” of University resources, will generally continue to be owned by the creators of the work with some rights being reserved for the University.

While the above is a general overview with some examples, do not hesitate to ask a faculty member for guidance, or refer to the Butler University Intellectual Property Manual, at, for specific guidelines. Additionally, the Office of Sponsored Programs is a valuable resource to help with questions related to these matters, and it can help ensure that any intellectual property is properly protected and given the best opportunity to be commercialized.