Student Spotlight

Bobby Nieland

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology and Chemistry; Graduate Studies in Public Health
  • Clubs and Activities: ACOFP, Global Medicine Track Program, Colorado Medical Society, Integrative Medicine Club, Medical Ethics Club, RVU Medical Spanish classes, Anatomy and OPP Tutor, Anatomy Lab Assistant

Why did you choose RVU? I chose RVUCOM because I wanted to be in a place where I could truly see myself being happy during...
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Faculty Spotlight

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of OPP

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Advertising (Michigan State University, 1989)
  • Graduate Studies: DO degree from MSUCOM (2000); FP/NMM residency at University of New England COM (2004); MS in Medical Education and Leadership at UNECOM (2010)

What class do you teach? OPP Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? RVUCOM is an amazing collaborative community...
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RVU’s Colorado campus is housed in a 145,000 square foot, technologically advanced building in Parker, Colorado in Douglas County, just 20 miles southeast of Denver.

Douglas County is a mix of rural and suburban areas, village centers and open spaces. With a population of over 41,000 in the city of Parker and approximately 70,000 in the surrounding areas, Parker boasts an extensive biking/jogging trail system, recreational facilities, dining and entertainment, and a wide variety of arts and community events held throughout the year. Douglas County has excellent schools and offers open enrollment, charter schools and other special programs.


Nearby downtown Denver offers eclectic dining, music, recreational and cultural activities. Denver also has the largest bike path network of any urban area in the nation and the largest city park system in the U.S. with 200 named parks in the city and 14,000 acres of parkland in the mountains. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking and camping are within an hour’s drive of Denver. Denver is also a top spectator sports city with eight professional teams. There are statewide festivals and events presenting arts, music, sports and culture including the state fair, music festivals of different genres, outdoor concerts and plays.


Denver has a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons. Denver is located on the Great Plains, and the weather of the city and surrounding area is generally milder compared to the mountains to the west and the plains further east.



The RVUCOM Utah Campus is located at 272 East Center Street in Ivins, a small city with a population of 7,000 in southwestern Utah. The area is surrounded by beautiful sandstone cliffs and mountains. The elevation is 3,000 feet about sea level and has a semi-arid climate.



Tuacahn Center for the Arts announced May 16 a campaign to raise $2.6 million for additional seating in its amphitheater, plus a 16,000 square-foot Arts Center. Courtesy Tuacahn AmphitheatreThe Tuacahn Outdoor Theater features concerts, plays, and other performances under the desert sky.

The city offers sports and recreation activities throughout the year for both children and adults. Taking advantage of the beautiful scenery, there are several hiking and biking trails, as well as reservoirs for boating, fishing, and swimming.


St. George

StGeorge2The city of St. George, located 20 minutes from Ivins, is the 5th fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States. Well-known for its offering of entertainment and recreation options, St. George regularly hosts concerts, festivals, races, tournaments, and other exciting events.


Links and Resources

City of Ivins

State of Utah

Trip Advisor: Ivins, Utah

The Spectrum Newspaper