Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - RVUCOM

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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.

Additional Locations

Additional Locations

Additional Locations offer the same programs as the main campus. Use the main campus' application to apply to additional locations.

RVUCOM Utah Campus - RVUCOM-UT

Affiliation Rocky Vista University and RVUCOM

Address 255 E. Center Street, Ivins, Utah 84738

Campus Setting Suburban

Website https://www.rvu.edu/ut/

Phone (435) 222-1290

Admissions

Phone (435) 222-1290

Email admissionsUT@rvu.edu

Website https://www.rvu.edu/admissions/do/rvucom/

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  • 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.
Facilities

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

Campus Setting

Suburban

Facilities

The Colorado campus includes a 145,000-square-foot educational facility constructed to advance the education of RVUCOM students and graduates. 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. 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. 

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

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

Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2023

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

374

Total Male

167

Total Female

207

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

454

First-Year Matriculants

361

First-Year Male Matriculants

158

First-Year Female Matriculants

201

First-Year Other Matriculants

2

Matriculants In-State

113

Matriculants Out-of-State

248

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.0%

Asian

14.1%

Black/African American

2.8%

Hispanic/Latino

9.7%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

66.2%

Multiple Races

3.6%

Undisclosed

2.8%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

87.2%

Non-Science Majors

12.8%

Graduate Degrees

14.1%

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Overview

Private Institution

For Profit

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

Institutional Affiliation

2006

Year Founded

Suburban

Campus Setting

Campus Contact

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - RVUCOM

8401 S. Chambers Road, Englewood, Colorado 80112

Address

(303) 373-2008

Phone

Admissions Office

(303) 373-2008

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. 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/Postbaccalaureate 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 https://www.rvu.edu/tracks-and-special-programs/

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

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

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? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 6, 2024

Primary Application Deadline: March 15, 2025

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.

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

Application Interview Format: Traditional

Interviews will be conducted virtually in an online format. Each candidate will interview with one-to-two individuals selected by the RVUCOM Office of Admissions.

Interviewers will only have access to personal statements, work and volunteer experience, honors and awards, RVUCOM 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 RVUCOM.

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: 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. 

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 14, 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

504.4

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.56

Oldest MCAT Considered: January 31, 2022

Latest MCAT Score Accepted: January 31, 2025

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS

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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

Tuition Fees Include

Other
No fees.

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 90%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $5,000