RVU was established in 2006 as the nation’s first private, for-profit health sciences university to offer a professional medical degree since 1910. As a for-profit organization, RVU provides significant benefits for the state of Colorado without requiring direct, tax-based support.
RVU operates as an independent, privately-funded organization with a Board of Trustees that administers oversight of the operations, administration, education, and policy of the University.
RVU selected Colorado as its home for the first campus due to the large number of counties designated as medically underserved areas, with only one other medical school to serve the state. Similarly, RVU chose Utah for its second campus because of the shortage of primary care physicians in the state.
RVU chose osteopathic medicine as its first program because of its emphasis on primary care and its mind-body-spirit approach to medicine. The University also offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.
RVU's Colorado campus is housed in a 145,000 sf, technologically advanced building in Parker, Colorado in Douglas County. While the University does not rely on state funding, it does contribute significantly to the economic development of the Town of Parker, Douglas County, and the State of Colorado, with an estimated economic impact of more than $75 million.
The Utah campus is located on 104,000 square feet, with the same state-of-the-art technology and features as the Colorado campus. Likewise, it does not rely on state or local tax support, but instead, provides significant contributions to the area: in terms of paying taxes, providing jobs to the community, and keeping Utahans in their home state to pursue their medical education.
Included among the facilities of the campuses are:
- Anatomy Lab
- OMM Lab
- Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery (SIMS)
- Standardized Patient Program
- Health Clinic - Rocky Vista Health Center (RVHC) is a state-of-the-art primary care medical facility, located on the Rocky Vista University campus in Parker, Colorado. RVHC also provides internal medicine, sports medicine, and osteopathic medicine services with DO and MD physicians, who are board certified in Internal Medicine.
- RVU has regional accreditation from Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
- RVUCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
- RVU’s Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the only osteopathic medical school to receive this accreditation.
- RVU's Physician Assistant program has received Accreditation-Provisional from ARC-PA
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All facts are accurate as of July 2019.