Rocky Vista University - Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine - RVU-MCOM

Billings, Montana

Branch Campus

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General Information

Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-MCOM) is an independently operated branch campus of the established Rocky Vista University College. 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 MCOM students will practice the traditions of osteopathic principles, philosophy and heritage and will become well-rounded physicians equipped to meet the diverse needs of patients today and into the future.

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  • MCOM campus
  • MCOM student practicing OMM on a fellow student while observed by faculty.

Mission Statement

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.
Facilities

Closest City Billings, MT

Campus Setting

Suburban

Facilities

The 138,000 square foot RVU-MCOM campus facility is located on 12.8 acres overlooking the Beartooth Mountains in Billings, MT. Key features include modern architecture capitalizing on natural light, innovative technology throughout, a 23,000 square feet Simulation in Medicine & Surgery (SiMS) Center, group-based active learning spaces, an expansive anatomy lab for both cadavers and virtual reality, and a dedicated Osteopathic Clinical Skills lab. The SiMS Center employs a range of simulation tools including immersion room technology that can project virtually any visual scenario into the learning space using a 270O high-definition projector with image or videos captured from a 360-degree camera.

The thoughtfully planned health education building provides a learning environment that incorporates student wellness, resilience, and professionalism into the programming. Emphasis on physical and mental wellbeing flows throughout the campus and includes a yoga studio and full fitness center. The indoor and outdoor spaces are designed to build community by giving students places to gather.

Student Residence Options

Numerous apartment complexes are available in close proximity to the campus.
Student Activities & Support Services

RVU provides a wide range of resources, opportunities, and services to enhance student experience including:

  • Career Advising and Planning
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Educational Learning Support
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Tutoring
  • Disability Services
  • Student Interest Groups
  • Student Government (SGA)
  • Peer Mentor Program
  • Physical Health Services
  • Student Clubs and Organizations 
  • Volunteer Opportunities 
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status MCOM has received programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The new campus also has regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

University Affiliation(s) Rocky Vista University (Parker, CO)

Student Demographics
  • 2023-2024

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

80

Total Male

44

Total Female

36

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

454

First-Year Matriculants

77

First-Year Male Matriculants

42

First-Year Female Matriculants

35

Matriculants In-State

10

Matriculants Out-of-State

67

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

1.3%

Asian

6.5%

Black/African American

0.0%

Hispanic/Latino

6.5%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

81.8%

Multiple Races

3.9%

Undisclosed

0.0%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

82.2%

Non-Science Majors

17.8%

Graduate Degrees

10.4%

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Overview

Private Institution

For Profit

Rocky Vista University (Parker, CO)

Institutional Affiliation

2022

Year Founded

Suburban

Campus Setting

Campus Contact

Rocky Vista University - Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine - RVU-MCOM

4130 Rocky Vista Way, Billings, Montana 59106

Address

(406) 901-2700

Phone

Admissions Office

(406) 901-2761

Phone

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Curricular Offerings

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.

The overall curriculum is scheduled in blocks with intervening periods of integrations, reflection, wellness, and time for scholarly activity and electives.  Weekly schedules follow a format of faculty guided Student Directed Learning during most afternoons and group Active Learning Sessions most mornings.  Assessments are formative and summative with an emphasis on learning of material and competency of skill. MCOM continually correlates basic scientific information and methodology with fundamental clinical application.

Students are exposed to clinical settings and simulation beginning in their first semester and continuing throughout the first two years of coursework, giving them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. We believe that by adding early clinical skills, simulation, and active learning in a team or small group setting early in the curriculum will strengthen the students’ abilities 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 MCOM.

  • Third and fourth-year students are placed at one of our regional training sites 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.
  • MCOM 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

Special Tracks and Electives will be offered at MCOM. These will include but not limited to Academic Medicine & Leadership, Rural & Wilderness Medicine, Global Medicine, Digital Health, Military Pathway, Physician Scientist, and others in development.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaureate Programs Offered

Master of Medical Sciences (MMS)
The Rocky Vista University MCOM Master of Medical Sciences Program is a 10-month program that provides students with a deep foundation in biomedical sciences, humanism, and professionalism in an immersive medical school environment.

Tracks and Special Programs
RVU-MCOM has developed several specialized educational tracks and programs to further develop the education of interested students.

 

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses
Anatomy
Recommended
Biochemistry
Required

3 semester hours

Biology/Zoology
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Physics
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Physiology
Recommended
Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences
Recommended
College English
Required

6 semester hours

Math/Statistics
Recommended

Admissions

Interview considerations are only given to candidates possessing a minimum of 3.00 science GPA and 3.00 cumulative GPA. An MCAT score is required and must be within the immediate three years. MCOM does not require a minimum MCAT score.

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 credentialed healthcare provider (DO, MD, PA, or NP) who supervised the candidate’s work (voluntary or paid) in a clinical setting in a clinical setting, and a third letter of the candidate’s choice.

Admissions Processes

Interview Options: Virtual interviews only

Physician letter required? MD or DO

Virtual Shadowing Options? Will accept EITHER virtual or in-person shadowing

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? No

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Application Information

Primary Application Service: AACOMAS

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 6, 2024

Primary Application Deadline: March 15, 2025

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

As MCOM 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 prior to the stated application deadlines if all seats are filled.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

MCOM seeks well-rounded, service-oriented individuals who can complete an academically rigorous curriculum and will help the college fulfill its mission.

International Students Accepted? Accepts International Students

Are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students considered for admissions? No

Application Interview Format: See Below

Interviews will be conducted virtually in an online format. Each candidate will interview with one-to-two individuals selected by the MCOM Office of Admissions. Interviewers will only have access to personal statements, work and volunteer experience, honors and awards, MCOM supplemental questions, and letters of recommendation. Interviewers will not have access to a candidate’s academic information or MCAT scores.

Interview questions may be based only on information from the supplemental application and non-academic information from the primary AACOMAS application. The length of the interview is approximately 30 minutes, and the style is relaxed and conversational to help determine a candidate’s fit for the expected culture of MCOM.

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Verified AACOMAS applications will be screened for our minimum requirements. Candidates must possess a 3.0 GPA (cumulative and science) and a qualifying MCAT score taken within the last three years prior to matriculation. Qualifying applicants will be invited to submit the supplemental application. A candidate’s file is considered complete upon receipt of verified AACOMAS application, supplemental application, official MCAT score, and required letters of recommendation.

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: May 15, 2024

Supplemental Application Deadline: April 15, 2025

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Verified AACOMAS applications will be screened for our minimum requirements. Candidates must possess a 3.0 GPA (cumulative and science) and a qualifying MCAT score taken within the last three years prior to matriculation. Qualifying applicants will be invited to submit the supplemental application.

Supplemental Application Fee: $60

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

Supplemental fee waivers are available for candidates who are eligible to receive an AACOMAS fee waiver; and for U.S. Armed Forces Veterans or active duty (applicant or spouse of applicant).
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

August 15, 2024

Latest Acceptance Date

July 21, 2025

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 21, 2025

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Admissions deferral requests are considered for accepted students with valid reasons like medical emergencies, personal hardships, or military service, subject to evaluation by the Dean.

Acceptance/deposit deadlines conform to the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines Schedule? Yes

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following 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 April 30 will have 14 days.   
  • Those accepted after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.  
  • After May 1 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.
MCAT/GPA Information

Mean MCAT Score

503.6

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.59

Oldest MCAT Considered: January 1, 2022

Latest MCAT Score Accepted: January 31, 2025

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2024-2025 Academic Year

Tuition

In-State Tuition

$64,500

Out-of-State Tuition

$64,500

Fees

Annual Fees

In-State Resident Fees

$0

Out-of-State Resident Fees

$0

Health Insurance Fee

$4,589

Estimates, Deposits, and More

Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs

$41,568

Average Graduate Indebtedness

$273,370.65

Acceptance Deposit

$2,000

Additional Deposit

$0

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 0%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $5,000