Student Spotlight

Natalie Pratt, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Utah.
  • Clubs and Activities: President of SAMOPS, event coordinator for ACOEP, and member of ACOP and SAACOFP.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM because of its excellent reputation of top board scores in the nation. A nice bonus for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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RVU Receives Military Friendly® Top 10 School Gold Award

Rocky Vista University (RVU) has been awarded a Top 10 School Gold Award by Military Friendly® for its exemplary military educational programs and veteran initiatives. RVU has been honored with the Gold distinction under the non-traditional category. This distinction is reserved for schools scoring within the top 10% of their category. RVU ranked 7th of all schools in its category receiving the Military Friendly® School designation.

The Military Friendly® awards provide a competitive view of how an organization is performing compared to similar organizations. To be considered for the award, schools must first receive the designation of Military Friendly®. Schools are scored and ranked based on several benchmarks including graduation rate, job placement rate, and armed forces tuition assistance funding. These rankings set the standard for the colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, RVU had 98 military students enrolled in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), which offers students comprehensive tuition assistance for an advanced medical degree in exchange for service commitment in their chosen branch of the military. An additional 19 veterans were also enrolled in the University.

RVU commissions military students at the start of their program, after which they are enrolled in the Military Medicine Track. The specialized track provides an overview and introduction to military medicine and incorporates surgical simulation using the Cut Suit®, immersion-based reality training, and leadership and discipline skills. In addition to innovative program offerings, RVU hosts an annual Military Appreciation Ceremony to honor students, faculty, staff, and members of the community who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

Students and faculty on the Southern Utah campus also work closely with the Southern Utah Veterans Home (SUVH) to provide long-term osteopathic medical care for the veterans, Gold Star parents, and military spouses who reside there. Most recently, SUVH was ranked number one by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for having the lowest re-hospitalization rate among 15,000+ nursing homes across the nation.