Early Decision Program (EDP):
RVUCOM will consider up to 12 Candidates to be accepted via the EDP. This program is for exceptional candidates who have a strong interest in attending RVUCOM. Qualifications to be considered for the program include a minimum GPA of 3.5 for both science and overall, as well as a minimum MCAT score of 28. Preference will be given to candidates from the Mountain West Region.
AACOMAS applications must be received at RVUCOM by September 2, 2016; supplemental materials and files are due by September 23, 2016. Notification will occur on October 21, 2016.
The full matriculation deposit of $2,000 will be due within one week of notification of acceptance. Candidates not selected for the EDP will be considered with the rest of the applicant pool.
Candidates for RVUCOM must also submit a letter of recommendation from a physician and one from a premedical advisor/committee. If the candidate’s undergraduate institution does not have a premedical advisory committee, the candidate may submit letters from two science professors who have taught them graded coursework in the natural or biomedical sciences. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from recommenders on letterhead and should include a signature and an email address. Recommendations are also accepted via Virtual Evaluations and Interfolio.
Letters should be sent to:
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
8401 S. Chambers Road
Parker, CO 80134
After review of the secondary application and letters of recommendation, those candidates who possess the skills, knowledge, and personality which provide them with the opportunity for success and who, in the opinion of the college, are most likely to assist the college in fulfilling its mission and vision will be invited to interview.
Interviews are conducted beginning in September and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Those candidates selected for an on-campus interview will be notified via their Admissions Portal. The candidate will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
Following the on-campus interview, recommendations from the interview team and the candidate’s completed academic file will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine acceptance, placement on the alternate list, or denial. The committee meets monthly or more often, as needed.
No one piece of evidence presented by a candidate will, in and of itself, determine whether or not the committee will extend an offer of admission. The decision to extend an offer of admission will be based on the totality of the evidence presented to the committee.
Collaborative Admission Programs:
Colorado State University:
RVUCOM will hold up to six (6) seats annually for graduates of Colorado State University’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program. To be considered for admission, candidates must:
- Meet the minimum admissions requirements set forth by RVUCOM;
- Have completed the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (1 year) degree requirements at the time of RVUCOM matriculation;
- Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.4 in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (1 year);
- Complete an AACOMAS application prior to March 15th (note: candidates will NOT have to submit a supplemental application); and
- Provide a letter of reference from a physician.
CSU-BMS will provide RVUCOM with a list of the recommended candidates and RVUCOM will make the final decision. CSU-BMS will recommend candidates based on a holistic review of the applicant.
Any CSU-BMS candidate who is not selected to participate in the program is eligible to apply to RVUCOM via the traditional process.
Utah Rural Health Scholars Early Acceptance Program:
Students attending Southern Utah University or Dixie State University who are in the Utah Rural Health Scholars Program, are eligible to apply for RVUCOM’s Early Acceptance Program. This program will grant a provisional acceptance to highly qualified candidates who meet the minimum program requirements of a 3.4 science and cumulative GPA and complete specific course work. Candidates who successfully complete the program will be admitted to RVUCOM without having to take the MCAT.
EAP Application Process:
- Students will be eligible to apply after the completion of 60 semester hours of course work (typically the end of their sophomore year).
- Students must have completed a minimum of 8 semester hours of Biology (General Biology 1 & 2 with Lab), General Chemistry 1 & 2, English Composition plus one writing intensive course.
- Students must have achieved a minimum science and overall GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Science GPA calculations will follow the AACOMAS guidelines and will not include grades for math courses.
- Students must shadow an Osteopathic Physician and provide a letter of recommendation as part of their application.
- Students will complete an application and will be interviewed by the premed advisor, committee or individual designated by the partnering college/university.
- The designated SUU official (most likely the pre-med advisor) will forward student applications, letter of recommendation based on the interview, official transcripts, evidence of shadowing and letter of recommendation from a physician, and resume outlining service activities to the Executive Director of Admissions and Marketing. The Executive Director will assemble all materials for presentation to the RVUCOM Admissions Committee who will determine which candidates to invite to campus for an interview. The Admissions Committee will review applications and interview results and provide recommendations to the Dean who will make the final determination of provisional acceptance.