Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - RVUCOM

Englewood, Colorado

Primary Campus

Ivins, Utah

Additional Locations

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General Information

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-Utah campus, located in Ivins, UT matriculated its first class in 2017.

  • RVU students in whitecoats laughing at an assembly
  • RVU-COM students practicing surgery
  • RVU-COM military doctors in uniform

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.
Admissions Processes During the Pandemic

Physician letter required? Not Required

Virtual Shadowing Options? Not Required

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Only if documentation can be provided that the P grade is equivalent to a grade of 'C' or higher.

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? Other

Only for our MOU or other pipeline program candidates.

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes


Closest City Denver is the closest city for the Colorado campus; St. George for the Utah campus.

Campus Setting



The Colorado campus includes a 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. A 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 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.
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status RVUCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Institutional Affiliation Rocky Vista University (Parker, CO & Ivins, UT)

Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2022

    CO & UT campuses combined

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Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native




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Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors


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Graduate Degrees


Additional Locations

Additional Locations

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Utah Campus - RVUCOM-UT

Affiliation Rocky Vista University and RVUCOM

Address 255 E. Center Street, Ivins, Utah 84738


Phone (435) 222-1290


Phone (435) 222-1290





Private Institution

For Profit

Rocky Vista University (Parker, CO & Ivins, UT)

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Main Contact

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - RVUCOM

8401 S. Chambers Road, Englewood, Colorado 80112


(303) 373-2008


Admissions Office

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. 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
Educational Tracks offered in: Military Medicine, Global Medicine, Rural/Wilderness Medicine, Physician-Scientist, Academic Medicine and Leadership, Long Term Care Medicine (Utah location only) Urban Underserved (Colorado location only) and Digital Health.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaurete Programs Offered

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is a 9-month (31 semester hours) degree program designed to strengthen the academic background of qualified applicants who are seeking acceptance into graduate health programs, such as medical, veterinary, dental, physician assistant, or other professional programs. The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences currently offers a core curriculum in Biomedical Sciences designed to prepare students to enter professional education and/or advanced degree programs in the biomedical disciplines. The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences aims at enhancing the student’s academic record and competitiveness of his or her candidacy for a professional or graduate degree.

Special Programs

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

Premedical Coursework

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

3 semester hours

Required With Lab

12 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences

6 semester hours

College English

6 semester hours

Additional Non-Science Courses

Required: College English, 6 semester hours


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 prior to matriculation. RVUCOM no longer requires a minimum MCAT score for consideration, however it should be noted that scores of 506+ will be considered competitive.

Letters of Recommendations (submitted to AACOMAS). Three required letters include:

  • A letter from a healthcare provider (DO or MD preferred) who has observed the candidate in a clinical setting.
  • An academic reference (order of preference to include Pre-Med Advisor or Committee, Basic Science Faculty, or anyone who can speak to the candidate’s ability to successfully complete a rigorous medical school curriculum).
  • A letter of the candidate’s choice.

Only the maximum number of six (6) letters submitted through AACOMAS will be considered. The Office of Admissions is not able to accept letters of recommendation sent directly to RVUCOM or from any other letter service, such as Interfolio or VirtualEvals. (Please refer to for confirmation, if necessary.)

RVUCOM seeks well-rounded, 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.

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023

Primary Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

RVUCOM considers candidates on a rolling basis. Therefore it is in the candidate's best interest to apply as early as possible.

First Year Class Matriculant's 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 Accepted? Accepts International Students

RVUCOM considers international applicants. Demonstrated English language proficiency is required; preference will be given to applicants who have previously attended a regionally-accredited college or university in the U.S.

Application Interview Format: Traditional

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? No

EDP Applications Submitted To AACOMAS

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Verified AACOMAS applications will be screened for our minimum requirements. Candidates must posses a 3.0 GPA (cumulative and science) and a qualifying MCAT score taken within the last three years prior to matriculation. Qualifying applications 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: June 15, 2023

Supplemental Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

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. 

Supplemental Application Fee: $60, non-refundable

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 1, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

July 24, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 22, 2024

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Deferred entrance considered for compelling reasons.

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 AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines 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 on or 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

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Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score


Oldest MCAT Considered: January 1, 2021

Accept September 2023 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accept January 2024 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation


Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

The tuition and fees below are from the prior 2022-23 academic year and may have changed for this current application cycle. Please confirm the latest rates with the institution.

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Average Graduate Indebtedness


Acceptance Deposit

$2,000, non-refundable

Additional Deposit


Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Broken down into three deposits of $250, $750 and $1000

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 90%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $5,000