Student Spotlight

Chauncey R. Syposs IV, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • Undergraduate Studies: Undergrad: Biology and Philosophy (Canisius College); Graduate: Human Anatomy and Cellular Biology (University of Buffalo School of Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Multicultural Club, acting Treasurer and Secretary, Students for Choice

Why did you choose RVU? RVU had a great reputation for its board scores and the structure of its curriculum. Being less than an hour...
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Faculty Spotlight

Rachel M.A. Linger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

  • Hometown: Dunkirk, MD
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Science in Biology with high honors in Zoology (University of Maryland)
  • Graduate Studies: Doctoral degree in Pharmacology (University of Colorado); Post-Doctoral Fellowship investigating novel biologic targets for new therapies in lung cancer and leukemia

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the COM and MSBS programs; pharmacology is taught as separate courses...
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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.

Campus Tours for Prospective Students

Tours are offered periodically by the Office of Admissions. Transcript evaluations 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

Upcoming Tour and Transcript Days (Colorado Campus):

  • July 11, 2:00pm
  • August 3, 2:00pm

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 to schedule an appointment.

Academic Requirements

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 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 502 on the new MCAT. The mean MCAT score for the Class of 2020 was 28.69, old MCAT; 504.42, new MCAT. The mean GPAs for the Class of 2020 were 3.62 (science); and 3.66 (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.

Transfer of Credit

Each medical school’s curriculum is unique and based upon that school’s longitudinal timetable. The medical school curriculum at RVUCOM is a four- year longitudinal course of study in which the course work builds upon previously learned precepts.  Therefore, requests for transfer are discouraged and will rarely be considered unless there are highly compelling circumstances.

Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in a college of medicine seeks to transfer to another institution. Credits may be transferred from medical schools and colleges accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).  RVUCOM will not consider transfer requests from students enrolled at a foreign medical school or LCME accredited program.

  • Transfers from one college of osteopathic medicine to another shall require that at a minimum the last two years of instruction be completed within RVUCOM.
  • Transfer shall be accepted and transfer credits shall be given only if the student is in good standing and eligible for readmission to the previously attended college of osteopathic medicine.
  • Credit is only given for completed courses with grades of 70 percent (C) or greater.

RVUCOM 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 RVU transcript. Students who transfer into RVUCOM will not receive a class rank.

Anyone wishing to transfer to RVUCOM must:

  • Provide a written statement outlining reasons for request for transfer. All information is to be sent to the Executive Director of Enrollment Management and External Relations. 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.
  • Provide a letter from the Dean of the transferring institution verifying that the student is in good standing and be eligible to continue.
  • 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 where a degree was earned, transcripts from the medical school attended including the final transcript showing the successful completion of the first two years, MCAT scores; national board scores, and letters of evaluation.
  • Take USMLE Step 1 and pass COMLEX-USA Level 1 prior to starting rotations.
  • Pass a background check and drug screen.
  • Submit required medical forms.

Requests for transfer to the Utah location will not be considered at this time.

Application Process

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.

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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:

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 Acceptance Program

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 Enrollment Management and Marketing and External Relations. 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.

Tuition and Fees

The 2015-2016 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:


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


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


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


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