RVUCOM participates in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) for the receipt and processing of applications. Applications are submitted electronically through AACOMAS at https://aacomas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. There is a single designation for RVUCOM for both the Colorado and Utah campuses, and candidates will be considered for one campus only. Candidates will select their preference for the location they would like to attend on the supplemental application. AACOMAS processes applications within approximately 3-6 weeks. This timeframe may vary depending on the time it takes to receive an applicant’s transcripts and the volume of applications being processed. RVUCOM’s deadline for submitting an AACOMAS application is March 15, 2021. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, therefore it is in an applicant’s best interest to apply early in the process. Once an applicant’s AACOMAS application is received, it is evaluated to determine if the minimum requirements have been met. These requirements include:
- A minimum science and cumulative GPA of 3.00. Minimal requirements for consideration for admission have been established by the Board of Trustees as a science 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 college 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.
- We are currently not requiring candidates take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), due to COVID.
Note: The mean MCAT score for the last cycle's average was 505.06.
- CASPer Assessment: All candidates are required to take the CASPer and request to have official scores sent to RVUCOM.
- Three Letters of Recommendations (submitted to AACOMAS). Required letters include a letter an academic reference (order of preference to include Pre-Med Advisor or Committee, Basic Science Faculty, or anyone who can speak to the candidate’s ability to successfully complete a rigorous medical school curriculum), a letter from a healthcare provider who has worked with the candidate (DO or MD preferred), and a final letter of the candidate’s choice. ***Because of the challenges of receiving letters due to the pandemic, RVU will also accept a letter from any health professional the candidate has worked with, regardless of whether or not they were directly supervised.*** Be aware that only the maximum number of letters submitted through AACOMAS will be considered. The Office of Admissions is not able to accept letters of recommendation sent directly to RVUCOM or from any other letter service, such as Interfolio or VirtualEvals.
Applicants meeting the GPA minimum requirements will receive an email containing login information to pay the non-refundable $60 supplemental processing fee. Once the supplemental processing fee has been paid, the admissions team will be able to review candidate's application. Candidates will be reviewed for the first campus choice and if candidate selects to be considered for other campus, they may be considered for the other campus instead depending on fit and availability of seats. Once a candidate is invited in for an interview at a specified campus, that is the only campus they are considered for. Candidates who initially do not meet the minimum academic requirements are welcome to resubmit updated information through AACOMAS. Candidates resubmitting qualifying information will then be invited to proceed through the process upon verification that the minimum requirements have been met. The supplemental application is returned electronically along with the non-refundable $60 processing fee. Applicants awarded an AACOMAS fee waiver will be granted a fee waiver for RVUCOM’s supplemental processing fee. Fee waivers will also be granted for active-duty military, veterans, as well as immediate family members.
For submission instructions on the fee waiver, visit:
The deadline for submitting a supplemental application for the class matriculating in 2021 is April 15, 2021. Please note that due to the rolling admission process, it is feasible that all interviews will be awarded prior to this date.
An applicant’s file is considered complete upon the receipt of the AACOMAS application, supplemental processing fee, letters of recommendation (letters submitted with applications from previous years will not be transferred), and results from the CASPer assessment. Be aware that we will only consider the maximum number of letters submitted through AACOMAS. We are not able to accept letters of recommendation sent directly to RVUCOM, via recommenders, Interfollio, VirtualEvals, or other means.
The Office of Admissions reviews all completed files and notifies applicants of their interview status. All applicants invited for an interview are given the choice of several interview dates.