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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Campus Amenities



The campus is open 24 hours a day to students, accessible through a key card entry system. For added safety, there is a security guard on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



The library at RVU provides students and faculty members with access to information in the health sciences, instruction in the use and evaluation of resources, assistance with reference questions, and an inviting space in which to study, collaborate, and connect. The library acquires required and recommended textbooks, essential monographs and reference works, and selected journals, databases, and point-of-care reference tools. When possible, texts and journals are acquired in digital formats to provide both off- and on-campus access. The library also maintains over 2,200 journal subscriptions. The 11,000 square foot facility offers numerous computer workstations, wireless network access, high-speed photocopiers and printers, and small-group study rooms.

The library is open from 7:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight), Monday through Friday; 8:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight), Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise specified.

Click here to go to Library


Student Lounge and Lunch Area

Students can eat or relax in one of two large rooms on the second floor. The lounge has several pool tables, foosball tables, and ping pong tables, as well as couches and televisions. The lunch area has several vending machines, as well as fresh food cases and microwaves.


Quiet Rooms

There are designated quiet rooms, which are connected to the auditoriums. These rooms are soundproof and equipped with both microphones and speakers. This allows sick students (or students with sick children) to listen to and participate in lectures and discussions without disrupting other students.


Study Rooms

There are several 8-person study rooms available to students. These are equipped with A/V equipment to help with studying or to provide a setting for club meetings. Additionally, there are numerous, well-lit alcoves throughout the building which provide great spaces for studying or socializing. There are many OMM tables positioned around campus, as well, for practicing techniques.


Recorded Lectures

Lectures may be recorded and provided to students shortly afterward. Students may re-watch the lectures at home or in one of the study rooms on campus.


Rocky Vista Health Center

Click here to go to Rocky Vista Health Center

The Health Center is available to students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. It is located on campus, near the northeast entrance. It provides a wide range of healthcare services, including osteopathic manipulative medicine and treatment.

The Health Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.