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Rocky Vista University (RVU) is a health-sciences institution of higher learning spanning three states: Colorado, Utah, and Montana. Each campus is equipped with a simulation center, standardized patient rooms, expansive active learning classrooms, a full gross anatomy cadaver lab, a research lab, a large library, and many study spaces throughout the buildings. RVU takes pride in its experienced and talented administration, faculty, and staff, as well as its exceptional student body. A strong sense of community is evident at RVU.

The founding campus is located in the town of Parker, Colorado, just 20 miles southeast of Denver.  The community is known for its excellent school system, extensive biking and jogging trails, recreational facilities, dining, and entertainment, as well as a wide variety of arts and community events held throughout the year.

Rocky Vista University's second location is in Ivins, Utah, 10 miles from downtown St. George.  The Southern Utah campus also includes a 23,000 square foot medical office building across the street, for administrative offices and a medical clinic. Additionally, the Southern Utah Veterans Home, which is adjacent to the campus, provides students with longitudinal care experience. The breathtaking Snow Canyon State Park is just 5 minutes from campus, which offers biking, hiking and other recreational activities.

The Rocky Vista University's third campus is located in Billings, Montana, the largest city in the state. The flagship Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine (MCOM) sits on 12.8 acres and will house a 138,000 square foot technologically advanced medical education building. The building will also have a yoga studio, a well-equipped fitness center, and expansive green lawns with walking trails to promote student wellness. The Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine will have the distinction of being the first four-year medical school with a dedicated campus in the state and welcomed their first class in July 2023.

RVU is owned by RVU Holdings, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of Medforth Global Healthcare Education Group, LP and Bear Holdings, LP.

Degree Programs

Rocky Vista University currently offers five programs: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP), Master of Physician Assistant Students (MPAS), Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) and Master of Medical Sciences (MMS).

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
(Available at all campus locations)

Osteopathic physicians are distinguished by an emphasis on primary care and a tradition of caring for patients in underserved rural and urban areas. Osteopathic physicians respect the relationship between physical structure and organic function viewing the body as an interdependent unit, rather than an assortment of parts and systems. All medical and surgical specialties are represented within the osteopathic profession. However, the training of primary care physicians are committed to serve rural, minority, and underserved populates is characteristic of RVU and the osteopathic profession.

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia
(Available at Colorado campus only)

Rocky Vista University's Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree is the highest practice degree in nurse anesthesia. RVU offers a comprehensive and challenging curriculum designed to equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed for a successful career in anesthesia.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
(Available at Colorado campus only)

The mission of the Rocky Vista University Physician Assistant (MPAS) Program is to prepare clinically competent, collaborative, and compassionate physician assistants to provide primary care.

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
(Available at Colorado and Utah campus only)

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program offers a core curriculum in the Biomedical Sciences designed to prepare students to enter professional education and/or advanced degree programs in the biomedical disciplines.

Master of Medical Sciences
(Available at Montana campus only)

The Rocky Vista University MCOM Master of Medical Sciences Program is a 1-year program that provides students with a deep foundation in biomedical sciences, humanism, and professionalism in an immersive medical school environment.


Rocky Vista University welcomes employment inquiries from qualified individuals who share and support our mission and vision. We value individuals who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, community service, and excellence. As one of the newest of the colleges of osteopathic medicine, RVU enjoys an entrepreneurial culture featuring state of the art facilities and innovative approaches to learning.

The faculty and staff are a school's most valuable commodity. They are the basis of the school's success and the future success of its graduates. At RVU, we have a group of employees who are dedicated to the mission of providing quality healthcare education and of inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity, and excellence. Visit the RVU Directory to get to know the faculty and staff.

The Marketing Department has developed many ways to learn more about RVU, to follow the latest news and events, and to sing the praises of our students, faculty, and staff. In the News Room, you will find press releases, the Vista View newsletter, the Prairie Dogs and Roadrunners blog, and our social media accounts.