Student Spotlight

Zach Wagner, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Napa, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Physiology / Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University
  • Clubs and Activities: SGA, Vice President of Student Welfare (Class of 2019)

Why did you choose RVU? I was excited about RVU’s innovative curriculum and quiet rooms for the babies to watch lectures too. What do you like...
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Faculty Spotlight

Brian Schwartz, PhD, MLIS

Director of Library Sciences; Associate Professor of Medical Humanities

  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: English and Philosophy
  • Graduate Studies: Masters in Library and Information Science; Doctorate in Information Management

What class do you teach? Evidence-based medicine and a few guest shots in Primary Care Medicine Why did you...
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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 255 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 above 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