Student Spotlight

Katie Rose-Borcherding, OMS II

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: Physiology (Seattle Pacific University)
  • Clubs and Activities: Pediatrics Club, Osteopathic Club, and Global Medicine Honors Track

Why did you choose RVU? After my interview day at RVU, I knew that if I was accepted I would choose RVU over any other school....
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Faculty Spotlight

Christopher Unrein, DO, FACOI, FACP, CMD


Professor of Internal Medicine, Chief Academic Officer of Rocky Mountain OPTI, Medical Director of Rocky Vista Health Center

  • Hometown: Denver, CO, born and raised - a rare find of a nearly extinct species: a native Coloradoan!
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Arts in Biology (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Graduate Studies: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery; Internal Medicine residency at Mountainside Hospital (Montclair, NJ)

What class do you teach? I teach some cardiovascular disease and EKG interpretations, hepatitis and infectious diarrhea, genitourinary infections,...
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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.


Click here to apply

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 online application and a $50 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
2016-2017 Academic Year

Tuition: $25,020
Student Service Fees: $100
Books and Supplies: $500
Health Insurance: $3,759
MCAT Practice Exam: $500
Room and Board: $13,950
Personal Expenses: $2,610
Transportation: $2,070
Loan Fees: $1,178

Total: $49,687

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 $834 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 2016-2017 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

Course (credits)

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

MSBS students interested in applying to RVUCOM (Colorado or Utah location) will be evaluated by the MSBS Program Director and faculty. A recommendation to the 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.

Students recommended by the Program will be required to submit an AACOMAS application after their first semester grades are posted and will have to submit a letter of recommendation from the MSBS Program Director (or her designee). However they will not be required to submit a supplemental application or interview. Additionally, students who previously submitted MCAT scores will not be required to retake the test to receive a higher or qualifying score for consideration for admission to RVUCOM. Total GPAs from all academic work falling below the typical minimum requirement of a 3.0 may also be considered based upon strong performance in the MSBS program. Students considering programs outside RVU are encouraged to become familiar with the admissions standards of those programs to ensure requirements are met.

Recommended MSBS students will be evaluated by the RVUCOM Admissions Committee. The Committee will make a recommendation to the Dean who will make the final decision. 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.

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