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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Rocky Vista University to Offer Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program

[Parker, Colo –May 25, 2016] – Rocky Vista University (RVU) is pleased to announce that it will offer a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) with the first class matriculating in August of this year.

The announcement came after receiving approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the University’s accrediting agency.

“We are thrilled to have received approval to move forward with the MSBS program,” stated Kathryn Pate, PhD, Program Director.  “We are looking forward to the opportunities the program will bring to our students and to the University. The faculty has been working very hard to create an exciting curriculum that includes a great deal of inter-professional education, which will ultimately lead to the enhancement of all programs here at RVU.”

The MSBS program will consist of a 9-month curriculum in the biomedical sciences designed to help strengthen the academic background of candidates who are seeking admission into graduate health programs such as medical school, veterinary medicine, dental school, physician assistant studies, or other professional or graduate level programs.  A description of the program and admissions requirements can be found on the University’s website,

The MSBS program will be the second program offered by RVU, joining the college of osteopathic medicine which matriculated its first class in 2008.  The University will also open a new campus in Ivins, Utah for medical students entering in the summer of 2017.  A program in physician assistant studies is also being pursued, which the University hopes to begin in 2018.

“RVU is committed to providing educational opportunity to the Mountain West Region’s next generation of healthcare providers” said Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, RVU’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “This unique Master’s program will prepare aspiring students to be successful applicants to health professions doctorate programs.  It is our belief that the students we recruit will return to their communities and serve in rural, underserved and urban areas of the Mountain West States and beyond.”