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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College of Osteopathic Medicine

The RVUCOM Office of Admissions works closely with the Dean and the Admissions Committee to coordinate all aspects of the new student recruitment process including the recruitment, application, interview and matriculation process. The department is responsible for the marketing of the College to health advisors and students to support the matriculation of students who will advance the mission and vision of the College and University.

We are here to assist you. Whether you are currently in college, just graduating, out in the workforce and contemplating a career change, or just thinking about the possibility of becoming an osteopathic physician, feel free to contact us. We will gladly provide campus tours, conduct transcript evaluations, and answer any questions you might have regarding the admission process. We can help walk you through the process if you are ready to apply and help you develop your game plan if you are in the early stages of your premed curriculum.

Tours are offered periodically by the Office of Admissions. Transcript evaluations are for the DO and MSBS programs and are scheduled at 15-minute intervals before and after the tour on select dates. If you are interested in a transcript evaluation, please RSVP early, as spots tend to fill quickly. To RSVP, please email admissions@rvu.edu.

Upcoming Tour and Transcript Days (Colorado Campus):

  • February 21, 2:00 pm
  • March 17, 2:00 pm
  • March 21, 2:00 pm
  • April 4, 2:00 pm
  • May 11, 10:00 am
  • May 25, 2:00 pm

Upcoming Tour and Transcript Days (Southern Utah Campus):

Tours of the Medical Office Building and transcript reviews are currently scheduled on an individual basis.

Please email admissionsUT@rvu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for both the Utah and Colorado campuses, which have been established by the Board of Trustees:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university must be completed prior to matriculation.
  • The following prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation:
    • General Biology (12 semester hours including lab)
    • General Chemistry (8 semester hours including lab)
    • Organic Chemistry (8 semester hours including lab)
    • Biochemistry (3 semester hours)
    • Physics (8 semester hours including lab)
    • English or Literature (6 semester hours)
    • Behavioral or Social Sciences (6 semester hours)

*No grade below a “C” will be considered to fulfill requirements. Note: Additional upper division coursework such as Human Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, and Cellular Biology is highly recommended.

  • A minimum science and cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    • Note: The chances for admission for a candidate with minimal grades are limited. Admission would require outstanding achievement on the part of the candidate during their career or unique individual circumstances. Preference will be given to candidates with a science and cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. On average, candidates admitted to colleges of osteopathic medicine each of the past three years have GPAs greater than 3.4.
  • All candidates are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within three (3) years of matriculation. MCAT scores within any section must be a 6 or higher for exams prior to January 2015. New MCAT scores must reflect a cumulative score of 500 or higher. RVUCOM does not combine the highest scores in each section from multiple exams.
    • Note: On average, candidates admitted to colleges of osteopathic medicine have MCAT scores of greater than 24. The mean MCAT score for the Class of 2019 was 28.53. The mean GPAs for the Class of 2019 were 3.58 (Science) and 3.63 (Overall).
  • Students must provide official transcripts from all colleges attended where a degree was earned prior to matriculation. In the event of coursework completed at foreign institutions, the applicant must submit official detailed course by course evaluations completed by an approved agency. A list of these agencies is available in the University Handbook & Catalog.

Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic college seeks to transfer to another institution. Credits may be transferred from medical schools and colleges accredited by the American Osteopathic Association or by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

  • Transfers from one college of osteopathic medicine to another shall require that at a minimum the last two years of instruction be completed within the College granting the D.O. degree.
  • Transfers from an LCME accredited medical school must complete all of the established course work and competencies for the curriculum in OMM/OPP. The last 50 percent (two years) is to be completed within the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Transfer shall be accepted and transfer credits shall be given only if the student is eligible for readmission to the previously attended college of osteopathic medicine or other medical school.
  • Credit is only given for completed courses with grades of 70 percent (C) or greater. Anyone wishing to transfer to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine must:
    • Submit a copy of their AACOMAS application.
    • Meet all admission requirements to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which include submitting official transcripts of all college work (including transcripts from the medical school attended); MCAT scores; national board scores, if taken; and letters of evaluation (no applicant will be accepted without an interview).
    • Be in good standing and be eligible to continue at the transferring institution, as documented by a letter from the Dean of the transferring institution.
    • Supply a written statement outlining reasons for request for transfer. All information is to be sent to the Executive Director of Admissions and Marketing.

Decisions regarding transfer are made by the Dean and will be based on factors including academic record, circumstances leading to the transfer request, available space, and admission standards. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine transcripts will reflect the cumulative credit hours transferred in from the previous medical school. Information regarding grades or class rank from the previous school will not be reflected on the RVUCOM transcript. Students who transfer into RVUCOM will not receive a class rank.

The following information describes the application process for those seeking admission into the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM):

 

Step 1 – Complete the AACOMAS Application

RVUCOM participates in a centralized application service, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Through AACOMAS, candidates can file one electronic application. AACOMAS then verifies and distributes the information to each of the colleges designated by the candidate.

AACOMAS
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231
(617) 612-2889 (M-F; 9am to 5pm EST)
aacomasinfo@liaisoncas.com
www.aacom.org

 

Step 2 – Invitation to Complete the RVUCOM Supplemental Application

Candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application via email.

  • RVUCOM’s Minimum Academic Requirements:
    Minimal requirements for consideration for admission have been established by the Board of Trustees as a science and cumulative GPA of 3.0. It should be noted that the chances for admission for a candidate with minimal grades are limited. Admission would require outstanding achievement on the part of the candidate during his or her career or unique individual circumstances. On average, candidates admitted to colleges of osteopathic medicine during the last three years had GPAs of greater than 3.6.
  • MCAT Information:
    All candidates must submit their most recent scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) through AACOMAS. Scores older than three years of the anticipated year of matriculation will not be considered.  For MCAT scores from January 2015 or earlier, individual sections must be a 6 or higher for consideration. For MCAT scores from January 31, 2015 or later, a composite score of 500 or higher is required to receive a supplemental application. Click here for additional MCAT information.

Candidates who initially do not meet the minimum academic requirements are welcome to resubmit updated information through AACOMAS. Candidates will be invited to proceed through the process upon verification that the minimum requirements have been met.

Candidates meeting these minimum requirements will receive an email containing login information for the supplemental application. The supplemental application is returned electronically along with the non-refundable $50 processing fee. Candidates awarded an AACOMAS fee waiver will be granted a fee waiver for RVUCOM’s supplemental application.

For submission instructions on the fee waiver, visit: http://www.aacom.org/become-a-doctor/applying/aacomas/fee-waiver

The deadline for the 2017 AACOMAS application is March 15, 2017. The deadline for the 2017 supplemental application is April 15, 2017.

A candidate’s file is considered complete upon the receipt of the supplemental application, processing fee, a letter of evaluation from the candidate’s pre-professional committee or advisor (two letters from science instructors who have taught the candidate graded coursework in the natural or biomedical sciences may be substituted), and a letter of recommendation from a US-trained physician.

The Office of Admissions reviews all completed files and notifies candidates of their interview status via the Admissions Portal. The Office of Admissions typically provides candidates with several interview day options.

 

Matriculation Process:

After receiving the initial offer of provisional admission to the COM, candidates must fulfill the conditions set forth in the matriculation agreement including:

  • Payment of three non-refundable deposits totaling $2,000. RVUCOM follows the guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) relative to deposit due dates. Deposits will be applied to tuition.
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework and a minimum of an earned Bachelor’s degree.
  • Successful passage of a drug screen and background check. This screening must meet the COM standards, be conducted by an agency approved by the COM, and occur prior to the date specified in the matriculation agreement. An applicant who has a deficiency or abnormality discovered on either screening will be referred to a sub-committee of the Student Performance Committee for further investigation. The sub-committee will make a recommendation to the Dean as to whether the offer of admission should be maintained or withdrawn. The Dean will make the final determination regarding the applicant’s status.
  • Completion of required medical documentation sent to the Office of the Registrar prior to the date specified in the matriculation agreement.
  • Submission of a waiver demonstrating proof of medical insurance coverage or enrollment in the plan provided by the University.
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with proof of an earned Bachelor’s degree. If the degree is not posted prior to matriculation, the candidate must provide a letter from the Registrar’s office verifying that the degree requirements have been met and stating when the official transcript with the posted degree will be available. In the event of coursework completed at foreign institutions, the applicant must submit official detailed course by course evaluations completed by an approved agency. A list of these agencies is available in the RVU Handbook & Catalog.
  • Any other requirements set forth in the matriculation agreement.

Each year RVUCOM will enroll a class of approximately 150 students. The level of competition for these seats will be determined by the number of applications received during the admissions cycle and the academic competitiveness of the applicant pool.

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.

Additional Information:

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:

  1. Students will be eligible to apply after the completion of 60 semester hours of course work (typically the end of their sophomore year).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Students must shadow an Osteopathic Physician and provide a letter of recommendation as part of their application.
  5. Students will complete an application and will be interviewed by the premed advisor, committee or individual designated by the partnering college/university.
  6. 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.

The 2016-2017 tuition for the College of Osteopathic Medicine is $49,830.00. Additional program fees may apply and may be announced by the administration at any time.

The following annual fees will also apply to all COM students:

OMS-I

Student Services: $200
Student Health Insurance: $3,475

OMS-II

Student Services: $200
Pathophysiological Overview Course Fee: $1,178
Student Health Insurance: $3,475

OMS-III

Student Services: $80
Pathophysiological Overview Course Fee: $490
Student Health Insurance: $3,475

OMS-IV

Student Services: $80
Student Health Insurance: $3,475

The University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without advanced notice.

Students will be billed for tuition and fees for each semester approximately 30 days prior to the beginning of each term. Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the first day of class. Late tuition payments or failure to make arrangements to pay tuition will result in the student being removed from class and/or clinical rotations.

All students are required to obtain health insurance prior to matriculation and maintain their individual health insurance throughout their time of enrollment at the University. Students are automatically enrolled in the RVU Student Health Insurance plan and will be billed for the annual premium with their fall tuition. Students may waive RVU insurance if they can document equivalent coverage. Refer to the section on Student Health Insurance for more information.

 

Tuition Payment Information:

Tuition and fees are due and payable in full by the first day of the fall and spring semesters unless the student has sufficient financial aid awarded to cover the balance due. RVU does not offer a tuition payment plan.
Tuition payments may be made by check, credit card, or ACH transaction. Matriculated students will have access to a payment portal for credit card or ACH payments. Any checks submitted must indicate the student’s name and student number, and should be made out to “Rocky Vista University.”

 

Tuition Refund Information:

A student who withdraws (either voluntarily or involuntarily) before the first day of class of a semester for which they have already paid their tuition and fees will receive a 100% refund for that semester, with the exception of any non-refundable deposits which will be retained by the University.

Students who matriculate into the University, begin classes or rotations, and subsequently withdraw (either voluntarily or involuntarily) within the first seven calendar days of a semester shall receive a refund equal to the amount of their tuition for that semester less $4,000. Fees may be refunded with the exception of charges already incurred as of the date of withdrawal.

Students who withdraw (either voluntarily or involuntarily) from the University after the first seven days of class or rotations but before the thirtieth calendar day of the semester shall receive a refund of 50% of the amount of tuition paid for that semester. No fees will be refunded. Important Note: All dismissals are deemed involuntary withdrawals from the University. Students who are on a voluntary or administrative leave of absence will not be eligible for refunds. Any exceptions to this refund policy must be made by the Dean of the College.

To contact the Office of Admissions at the Southern Utah Campus, please email admissionsUT@rvu.edu.