Student Spotlight

Shreyash Pradhan, OMS III

Class of 2020 (Fellow)

  • Hometown: Aurora, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: Integrative Physiology (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Clubs and Activities: Anatomy Fellow, Orthopedics, Surgery, Rotary, Sports Med, Global Track, and RVU Ambassador

Why did you choose RVU? RVUCOM’s dedication to providing care to the underserved population and the Rocky Mountain region specifically. Colorado has been home for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Sarah Curtis Lopez, DO

Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Principles and Practice; Course Director, OPP I & II; OPP Pre-doctoral Fellowship Director

  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Spanish: Hispanic Studies
  • Graduate Studies: University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Worth, TX); Neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM) residency at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY)

What class do you teach? OPP I-IV, NMM/OMM residents Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? What drew...
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Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)

The MSBS is a 9-month (30 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 MSBS currently offers a core curriculum in the Biomedical Sciences designed to prepare students to enter professional education and/or advanced degree programs in the biomedical disciplines. The MSBS aims at enhancing the student’s academic record and competitiveness of his or her candidacy for a professional or graduate degree.

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the basic knowledge, skills, and aptitudes of central concepts in the Biomedical Sciences necessary for entry into osteopathic or allopathic medicine and/or a health-related discipline and practice.
  • Develop and apply basic concepts, terminology, and principles of clinical applications in osteopathic or allopathic medicine and/or a health-related discipline and practice.
  • Apply the scientific method as an approach to address biological and health-related issues.
  • Enhance critical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Develop an understanding of current biomedical science as it applies to health-related professions.
  • Develop effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a skill set necessary to the development of an adult learner.
  • Applications for the 2018-2019 class will open in January 2018.

To apply for the MSBS program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a grade of ‘C’ or better**
  • A science and overall GPA minimum of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official standardized test scores: GRE, MCAT, PCAT, or DAT
  • Completed application via PostBacCAS and a $50 supplemental application fee
  • Resume including all relevant volunteer and paid work experience, along with service and leadership activities
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a pre-health advisor or committee and another from a healthcare professional who can attest to the candidate’s sustainability to attend a graduate program in the biomedical sciences. In the event the candidate attends a school that doesn’t have a pre-health advisor or does not offer a letter-writing service, the candidate may substitute a letter from a basic science faculty member.
    • Note: for the inaugural year, the admissions office will transfer letters of recommendation from medical school applicant files to meet the letter requirements for the biomedical sciences program.

**Prerequisites include:

  • Biology with lab: 8 semester hours
  • General chemistry with lab: 8 semester hours
  • Organic chemistry with lab: 8 semester hours
  • Physics: 8 semester hours
  • English composition or Literature: 6 semester hours
  • Social or behavioral sciences: 6 semester hours

First-Year Students 2017-2018 Academic Year

Tuition: $25,770 Student Service Fees: $200 Books and Supplies: $625 Health Insurance: $4,137 SPSS GRAD-PACK Software: $100 Room and Board: $16,200 Personal Expenses: $2,835 Transportation: $2,232 Loan Fees: $324

Total: $52,423

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the cost of attending RVU and maintaining a modest but adequate standard of living. Your individual budget may be higher or lower. The COA does not include living expenses for a student’s spouse or other dependents. Total loan amounts borrowed and scholarships awarded cannot exceed the COA minus any other aid received. Tuition amount is based on 30 credit hours at $859 per credit hour. Loan fees represent the estimated amount an average student would pay if they borrow from the Federal Direct Loan program. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a personal budget and only borrow the minimum amount needed to cover their actual costs. Many RVUCOM students are able to live on less than the COA by budgeting carefully and reducing their expenses for room, board, personal and transportation costs. The Cost of Attendance for the 2017-2018 academic year and beyond is subject to change without notice. Please contact the RVU Office of Student Financial Services if you have questions regarding the Cost of Attendance:  or 720-874-2442

The MSBS program has regional accreditation from Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools:

Higher Learning Commission 230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: (800) 621-7440

Fall Semester – August 7, 2017 – December 7, 2017 Course (credits)

  • Physiology I (4)
  • Human Anatomy (2)
  • Molecular Basis of Medicine I (2)
  • Microbiology and Infectious Disease (3)
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (1)
  • Scientific Methodologies (2)
  • Medical Humanities (1)

  Spring Semester – January 8, 2018 – May 11, 2018 Course (credits)

  • Human Anatomy II (2)
  • Physiology II (4)
  • Molecular Basis of Medicine II (2)
  • Journal Club (2)
  • Immunology (3)
  • Selected Topics in Pharmacotherapeutics (2)

MSBS Student Policies Regarding Application and Admission to RVUCOM*

*Applicable to the 2017-2018 academic year and subject to change for subsequent matriculating years.

  College of Osteopathic Medicine MSBS students interested in applying to RVUCOM (Colorado or Utah location) will be evaluated by the MSBS faculty at the conclusion of each semester. A recommendation to the COM Admissions Committee will be made regarding the student’s academic aptitude for success in the COM and suitability to advance the mission and vision of RVUCOM. MSBS students recommended by the faculty of the MSBS Program will be evaluated by the RVUCOM Admissions Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Dean who will make the final decision regarding acceptance. Matriculation to the COM is contingent upon successful completion of the MSBS Program and all graduation requirements. RVU does not guarantee acceptance into any of its programs and will consider as many or as few MSBS students for admission as it deems appropriate. Students recommended to the COM by the MSBS Program faculty will be required to submit an AACOMAS application as soon as fall grades are posted.  Candidates interested in RVUCOM’s program should start their AACOMAS application as soon as possible and submit as soon as the fall grades are posted. The MSBS Program Director (or designee) will write a summative letter representing the collective recommendation of the MSBS Program faculty. Recommended students will not be required to submit a supplemental application or interview for the RVUCOM. RVUCOM minimum requirements regarding MCAT score and total GPA prior to matriculation into the MSBS Program will be waived. Students considering programs outside RVU are encouraged to become familiar with the admissions standards of those programs to ensure requirements are met. Students interested in applying to the RVUCOM (Colorado or Utah location or both) will be given the opportunity to designate their preferences via the AACOMAS application.   Physician Assistant Program The RVU Physician Assistant Program has applied for accreditation with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). At this time, the RVU PA program has chosen not to pursue approval with ARC-PA for advanced placement or special admissions practices for any individuals or groups.  Please see the PA program webpage for admissions information and requirements.

Gainful Employment: click here for more information about the estimated debt of students who complete the program and other important information.