RVU’s Colorado campus is housed in a 145,000 square foot, technologically advanced building in Parker, Colorado in Douglas County, just 20 miles southeast of Denver. Located amid rolling hills and sweeping views, the campus includes a Clinical Assessment and Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art gross anatomy lab, a clinical skills lab (in which students learn osteopathic manipulation, as well as ultrasound techniques), two  auditoriums, several seminar rooms, and a large library with study rooms. This campus also houses the Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (the only osteopathic medical school to hold such a designation!).

With a population of over 41,000 in the city of Parker and approximately 70,000 in the surrounding areas, Parker boasts an extensive biking/jogging trail system, recreational facilities, dining and entertainment, and a wide variety of arts and community events held throughout the year. Douglas County has excellent schools and offers open enrollment, charter schools and other special programs.

Degree Programs

Rocky Vista University, Colorado campus currently offers three programs: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), and Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS).


The College of Osteopathic Medicine at Rocky Vista University consists of four years of full-time academic and clinical programs. The first two years comprise pre-clinical studies on campus integrating case-based learning followed by two years of clinical education.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies is to prepare clinically competent, collaborative, and compassionate physician assistants to provide primary care. The programs’ competency-based curriculum and its faculty provide the framework to achieve this goal, offering a learner-centered, innovative approach to medical training, promoting patient safety and primary care.

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is a 9-month (30 semester hour) degree program. The program provides an opportunity for students with diverse backgrounds and life experience to strengthen their educational foundation in the biomedical sciences, cultivate critical thinking skills, and prepare for careers in the health sciences.