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Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Rocky Vista University (MSBS)

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GRADUATE STATISTICS AND TESTIMONIALS

Graduate Statistics

In the past five years, the RVU Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program has graduated over 144 students.

Percentage of Graduates Accepted to Health Professional Schools (DO, MD, or PA)

  • Class of 2022: 100%
  • Class of 2021: 100%
  • Class of 2020: 93%*
  • Class of 2019: 100%
  • Class of 2018: 100%
  • Class of 2017: 67%

* This number may increase as some students are still interviewing this year

Health Profession Schools that Have Accepted RVU MSBS Graduates

  • College of St. Mary Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Florida International University Master in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Colorado
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Utah
  • Rocky Vista University Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences

Testimonials

Jose Tony Arreola-Patino - MSBS Class of 2022

"The MSBS Program is a very rigorous program, so it is crucial that you work hard from day one and don't fall behind. Everyone has a different way of learning, so take the time to find something that works for you beforehand, and don't be afraid to make adjustments as the year progresses. While attending RVU, I felt that RVU has provided me the resources necessary to help me succeed in both academic and professional development. In addition, I chose RVU’s MSBS program because of the strong foundation the curriculum provides for continued success in medical school."

Jose "Tony" Arreola-Patino
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2022

Stacey Clark - MSBS Class of 2022

“Upon graduating from Baylor, my MCAT was not the best. I knew that I needed to work on improving my score; however, I did not want to take a gap year. I knew that attending a post baccalaureate program was a great option to improve as a student without taking a gap. I chose RVU because of the supportive atmosphere, as well as the many resources available to all students. I appreciated how the school focused on the student overall, regardless of their test scores. The faculty works diligently to make all students feel comfortable, while simultaneously preparing them for the rigors of many healthcare professions.”

Stacey Clark
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2022

Radonis Grissom - MSBS Testimonial RVUCOM Class of 2025

“As a career changer, my academic history looks quite different from "typical" medical school applicants, I knew that I needed a structured program to prepare for the rigors of medical education. After lengthy conversation, it was clear to me that the program faculty would invest as much into me as I would invest in the program and they genuinely wanted to help me reach my goals.”

Radonis Grissom
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2021
RVUCOM Class of 2025

Alexandra Ortiz-Jimenez - MSBS Testimonial RVUCOM Class of 2025

“I knew I wanted to do some kind of post-baccalaureate degree before going into medical school because I didn't feel like my study skills were good enough to be successful. I decided to come to RVU specifically because of the culture here. The faculty are so incredibly supportive and genuinely want you to succeed in whatever it is you aspire to do. They provide you with the resources to grow as a student, and they view you individually and holistically. You are more than just GPA or test scores. In addition, the curriculum gives you the foundation for what you need to know in a professional medical career so you're not spending time learning a lot of information that may or may not be relevant to you later."

Alexandra Ortiz-Jimenez
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2021
RVUCOM Class of 2025

Amy Drabant - RVU MSBS Class of 2018

"The MSBS program has more than prepared me for the demands of the COM. Although the program was challenging, choosing RVU was one of the best decisions of my life. The faculty at RVU truly care about your education and the student body is very supportive, which makes for an amazing community. The MSBS program has allowed me to make professional strides, gain confidence in my ability to succeed, and make friends that will last a lifetime."

Amy Drabant
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2018
RVUCOM Class of 2023

Erik Melekh - MSBS Graduate Class of 2021

"I chose to attend the RVU MSBS program initially because I did not have an adequate MCAT score to attend any medical schools, and I did not think that retaking the MCAT would increase my score much. The MSBS program gave me a second chance to get into a medical school, however not only has the MSBS program helped me to enroll in a medical school, but it also taught me to have confidence in myself (especially after getting a bad MCAT score), it taught me how to learn information in my own style and in my own pace, taught me that a bad score did NOT mean I was inadequate, and it helped me realize the vast potential that I have. It is the best decision that I have ever made!"

Erik Melekh
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2021
RVUCOM - Class of 2025

Toni Nicastro - RVU MSBS Graduate Class of 2018

Rocky Vista’s MSBS program helped me develop great study, communication and leadership skills that prepared me not only for first year of medical school, but for the rest of my life as a physician. I am so thankful for the program and the faculty at RVU that challenged and supported me throughout the rigorous 9-month program and made me realize what I am truly capable of. I would not be where I am today without the MSBS program.”

Toni Nicastro
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2018
RVUCOM - Class of 2022

Militello_Michelle_MSBS_Class of 2018

“Although the 9 months in the MSBS program were quite challenging, both physically and mentally, I can’t emphasize enough how much it has helped me during my first year of medical school. Additionally, the small class size enabled me to form invaluable connections with each of the professors, who teach in both the MSBS program and the COM. Overall, doing the MSBS program was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Michelle Militello
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2018
RVUCOM - Class of 2022

Pierce_Kyle_MSBS_Class of 2018

“The MSBS program gave me so much more than I could have ever asked for. It afforded me time to sort out study habits, testing and time management skills. The program provided a time and place for me to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and become a better person through them.  I knew that someday I would make it into a COM however this program took me from being able to survive in medical school to being able to thrive.”

Kyle Pierce
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2018
RVUCOM - Class of 2022

Tchombela_Mukanya_MSBS_Class of 2018

"When I look back at my undergraduate experience, I feel like the MSBS program here at RVU has done a great job in preparing me to be successful in medical school. This program has filled a knowledge gap that I had after finishing my undergrad. In addition to gaining knowledge, I have learned to be a responsible and disciplined student. I now prioritize things and focus on the most important ones. My experience in MSBS program not only has shaped my life and made me an active member of the society due to several team projects and services in the community, but has also given me a step ahead here in medical school. As a physician in training and a future doctor, I will continue to be grateful for the decision I made to attend the RVU MSBS program before entering medical school."

Mukanya Tchombela
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2018
RVUCOM - Class of 2022

Zorio_Onilia_MSBS_Class of 2018

"The MSBS program prepared me for the COM in ways that I could not have even anticipated. The program gave me a strong foundation of knowledge, but more than anything, it taught me how to problem solve and think about information in a clinical and applied manor. My time in the program allowed me to not only be surviving medical school, but to be thriving!"

Onilia Zorio
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2018
RVU COM - Class of 2022

Devin Monroe_RVU MSBS Graduate

“My favorite part about the program is that I already feel like I am in medical school. I am challenged, I learn from the same professors as the medical school, I learn about actual medical topics, and I even get to interact with standardized patients.

Devin Monroe
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2018
RVUCOM Class of 2023

Adriana Perez - MSBS Graduate Class of 2019

“The MSBS program has helped me learn how to be a better test-taker, which has always been one of my biggest weaknesses. I have always struggled with doing well on standardized tests like the ACT or the MCAT. This program has helped me identify specific weaknesses in this area and find different strategies to address those weaknesses.”

Adriana Perez
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2019
RVUCOM Class of 2023

Lacie Phibbs_RVU MSBS Graduate

“I think it is important to have classes that teach both basic biomedical principles and, more importantly, clinically relevant cases. The MSBS program at RVU incorporated both. I know that having this exposure and wealth of information will contribute to my success in the COM.”

Lacie Phibbs
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2019
RVUCOM Class of 2023

Diego Puentes_RVU MSBS Graduate

“The faculty and staff were outstanding and so supportive was the best decision I could have made to prepare for medical school.”

Diego Puentes
MSBS Graduate - Class of 2017
RVUCOM Class of 2021

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