Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Main Campus: Parker, CO
Additional Locations: Ivins, UT
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview Options for 2021-2022 Cycle: Virtual Interviews Only
Physician Letter Required? No
Shadowing Options: Accepts Either Virtual or In-Person Shadowing
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements? Yes
Accepts Prerequisite Coursework Pass/Fail Grades? No
Accepts Online Lab Coursework? Yes
To educate and inspire students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and lifelong learners prepared to meet the diverse health care needs of tomorrow through innovative education, relevant research, and compassionate service.
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) was founded in 2006 to educate osteopathic physicians and prepare them to meet the diverse needs of their patients. It is our goal and standard that upon graduation, our students will be qualified to enter any medical specialty. Our emphasis, however, is the training of students who are committed to entering community-based and primary care disciplines to meet the needs of those who are underserved or disadvantaged in Colorado, Utah, and the Mountain West Region. We are committed to producing graduates who not only are knowledgeable and skilled, but who also are ethical, compassionate, holistic, and patient-centered. It is our goal that all RVUCOM students will practice the traditions of osteopathic principles, philosophy and heritage and will become well-rounded physicians equipped to meet the needs of patients today and into the future. The RVUCOM- Southern Utah campus, located in Ivins, UT matriculated its first class in 2017.
Suburban. Denver is the closest city for the Colorado campus; St. George for the Utah campus.
Year founded: 2006
Type: Private, for-profit
RVUCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). RVU has regional accreditation from Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. RVU’s Surgical Simulation Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
- Rocky Vista University (Parker, CO & Ivins, UT)
The Colorado campus includes a state-of-the-art, 145,000-square-foot educational facility constructed to advance the education of RVUCOM students and graduates. RVUCOM has designed and equipped a standardized patient lab that is based on the requirements established for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners as well as the United States Medical Licensing Examination. An extensive simulator laboratory is available to provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, competencies and confidence. The auditoriums, laboratories, and study and learning areas of the college have been engineered to develop a positive learning environment. The Utah campus features a new 104,000-square-foot medical education facility, including a full simulation center featuring an emergency room, OR, ICU, and labor and delivery suite.
Student residence options:
Numerous apartment complexes are available in close proximity of the Colorado campus. On-site, furnished apartments are available for students on the Utah campus.
- Total medical school enrollment: 1,269
- Total male: 739
- Total female: 585
- First-year matriculants: 376
- First-year male matriculants: 174
- First-year female matriculants: 202
- Matriculants in-state: 160
- Matriculants out-of-state: 216
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 1,456
The design of the curriculum is based on a proven systems-based integrated academic model. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop a holistic, and more importantly, an osteopathic approach to medicine. In utilizing a systems approach to medical education, basic biomedical science disciplines are integrated with clinical sciences in a fashion that reflects clinical relevancy, rather than broken down into individual segregated disciplines. RVUCOM continually correlates basic scientific information and methodology with fundamental clinical application. Students are exposed to clinical settings in their first semester, which gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. We believe that by adding early clinical exposure and active learning in a team or small-group setting early in the curriculum, we will strengthen the students’ ability to think critically, solve clinical problems and develop the skills they will require to continue to learn throughout their careers. Professionalism and ethics are key components for a physician and are emphasized throughout the entire curricular experience at RVUCOM.
- Third and fourth-year students are placed at one of our regional centers throughout the state and region to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education within RVU’s vast and growing clinical training network. The competency-based curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission of training students who are competent and ready to enter graduate medical education and training, with an emphasis on preparing students to become primary care physicians.
- RVUCOM has a dedicated faculty; established affiliations with medical centers, hospitals and health care systems; a structured and supported rural medicine program; and a mission to educate the finest osteopathic physicians possible.
Educational Tracks offered in: Military Medicine, Global Medicine, Rural/Wilderness Medicine, Physician-Scientist, Academic Medicine and Leadership Track (Utah location only), Long Term Care Medicine Track (Utah location only) Urban Underserved (Colorado ONLY – pilot 2019) and Digital Medicine.
Dual Degree Programs
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)
The RVU MSBS is a 9-month (30 semester hour) degree program. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for students with diverse backgrounds and life experience to strengthen their educational foundation in the biomedical sciences, cultivate critical thinking skills, and prepare for careers in the health sciences. We serve a wide range of pre-health students,including second career students and those looking to improve their applications to graduate health programs such as DO, MD,dental, physician assistant, veterinary, and others. Graduating students have reported improvements in studying technique,test-taking skills, GPA, and standardized test scores.
Tracks and Special Programs
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed several specialized educational tracks and programs to further develop the education of interested students. For a list of offerings, please see http://www.rvu.edu/tracks-and-special-programs/
Admissions Process & Application Information
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Consideration will only be given to candidates possessing a minimum of 3.00 science and cumulative GPA. An MCAT score is required, taken within three years from matriculation. RVUCOM no longer requires a minimum MCAT score for consideration, however it should be noted that the mean MCAT for the Class entering in 2020 was 506. Three letters of recommendation are required including an academic reference (pre-med committee or advisor, science faculty or anyone who can address the candidate’s academic aptitude), a clinical reference to include someone who supervised the candidate’s work (voluntary or paid) in a clinical setting, and a third letter of the candidate’s choice.
RVUCOM no longer requires the CASPer Assessment. RVUCOM seeks wellrounded, service-oriented individuals who can complete an academically rigorous curriculum and will help the college fulfill its mission. RVUCOM assures equal opportunity to all students and applicants, regardless of gender, age, race, color, non-disqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2021)
- Primary application deadline: 3/15/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: NA
- Submission timing for best consideration:
As RVUCOM reviews candidates on a rolling-process, it is in the candidate’s best interest to submit their AACOMAS application as early in the cycle as possible. Please note that all interviews may be concluded and seats filled prior to the application deadlines.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
RVUCOM seeks well-rounded, service-oriented individuals who can complete an academically rigorous curriculum and will help the college fulfill its mission.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes. RVUCOM has submitted an application with SEVIS. Upon approval International candidates will be considered.
- Oldest MCAT considered: 1/1/2019
- Accept September 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? No
- Biology/Zoology, 12 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
- Biochemistry, 3 semester hours
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
- Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- After May 15 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/3/2021
- Latest acceptance date: 7/27/2022
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes. For compelling reasons.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/25/2022
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2020-21 annual resident tuition: $58,330
- 2020-21 annual non-resident tuition: $58,330
- 2020-21 annual resident fees: $200
- 2020-21 annual non-resident fees: $200
- 2020-21 annual health insurance fee: $3,688
- Fees Include (Student Services)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $30,658
- Average 2020 graduate indebtedness: $238,006
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 80%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $5,290
Contacts & Additional Resources
8401 S. Chambers Road
Parker, CO 80134
Main phone: (303) 373-2008
Phone: (720) 874-2477
255 E. Center Street
Ivins, UT 84738
Phone: (435) 222-1290