How do I submit an application? Initial applications are submitted through AACOMAS at aacomas.aacom.org.
What are your application deadlines? The deadline for the 2015 AACOMAS application is March 15, 2015. The deadline for the 2015 supplemental application is April 15, 2015.
The following information describes the application process for those seeking admission into the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM):
Step 1 - Complete the AACOMAS Application
RVUCOM participates in a centralized application service, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Through AACOMAS, candidates can file one electronic application. AACOMAS then verifies and distributes the information to each of the colleges designated by the candidate. AACOMAS can be reached at www.aacom.org or AACOMAS, 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231, (301) 968-4100.
Step 2 - Invitation to Complete the RVUCOM Supplemental Application
Candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application via email.
RVUCOM's Minimum Academic Requirements:
Minimal requirements for consideration for admission have been established by the Board of Trustees as a science and 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 career or unique individual circumstances.
On average, candidates admitted to colleges of osteopathic medicine during the last three years had GPAs > 3.4.
All candidates must submit their most recent scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) through AACOMAS. Scores older than three years from April of the anticipated year of matriculation will not be considered. For example, candidates for the class matriculating in 2015 must submit MCAT scores that are no older than April 2012. Scores < 6 in any component of the MCAT are not acceptable for admission consideration.
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Candidates who initially do not meet the minimum academic requirements are welcome to resubmit updated information through AACOMAS. Candidates will be invited to proceed through the process upon verification that the minimum requirements have been met.
Candidates meeting these minimum requirements will receive an email containing login information for the supplemental application. The supplemental application is returned electronically along with the non-refundable $50 processing fee. Candidates awarded an AACOMAS fee waiver will be granted a fee waiver for RVUCOM’s supplemental application. For submission instructions on the fee waiver visit: http://www.aacom.org/Infofor/Candidates/Pages/FeeWaiver.aspx. The deadline for submitting a supplemental application for the class matriculating in July 2015 is April 15, 2015.
A candidate’s file is considered complete upon the receipt of the supplemental application and processing fee, a letter of evaluation from the candidate’s pre-professional committee or advisor (two letters from science instructors who have taught the candidate graded coursework in the natural or biomedical sciences may be substituted), and a letter of recommendation from a US-trained physician. The Office of Admissions reviews all completed files and notifies candidates of their interview status via the Admissions Portal. The Office of Admissions typically provides candidates with several interview day options.
Early Decision Program (EDP):
RVUCOM will consider up to 12 Candidates to be accepted via the EDP. This program is for exceptional candidates who have a strong interest in attending RVUCOM. Qualifications to be considered for the program include a minimum science and overall GPA of 3.5 and a minimum MCAT score of 28. Preference will be given to candidates from the Mountain West Region. AACOMAS applications must be received at RVUCOM by September 6, and files must be complete by September 20. Notification will occur on October 26. The full matriculation deposit of $2000 will be due within one week of notification of acceptance. Candidates not selected for the EDP will be considered with the rest of the applicant pool.
Candidates for RVUCOM must also submit a letter of recommendation from a physician and one from a premedical advisor/committee. If the candidate’s undergraduate institution does not have a premedical advisory committee, the candidate may submit letters from two science professors who have taught them graded coursework in the natural or biomedical sciences. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from recommenders on letterhead and should include a signature and an email address. Recommendations are also accepted via Virtual Evaluations and Interfolio.
Letters should be sent to:
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
8401 S. Chambers Road
Parker, CO 80134
After review of the secondary application and letters of recommendation, those candidates who possess the skills, knowledge and personality that provide them with the opportunity for success and who, in the opinion of the college, are most likely to assist the college in fulfilling its mission and vision, will be invited to interview.
Interviews are conducted beginning in September and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Those candidates selected for an on-campus interview will be notified via their Admissions Portal. The candidate will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
Following the on-campus interview, recommendations from the interview team and the candidate’s completed academic file will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine acceptance, placement on the alternate list or denial. The committee meets monthly or more often as needed.
No one piece of evidence presented by a candidate will, in and of itself, determine whether or not the committee will extend an offer of admission. The decision to extend an offer of admission will be based on the totality of the evidence presented to the committee.
After receiving the initial offer of provisional admission to the COM, candidates must fulfill the conditions set forth in the matriculation agreement including:
•Payment of three non-refundable deposits totaling $2000. RVUCOM follows the guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic
Medicine (AACOM) relative to deposit due dates. Deposits will be applied to tuition.
•Completion of all prerequisite coursework and a minimum of an earned Bachelor’s degree.
•Successful passage of a drug screen and background check. This screening must meet the COM standards, be conducted by an agency approved by the COM, and occur prior to the date specified in the matriculation agreement. An applicant who has a deficiency or abnormality discovered on either screening will be referred to a sub-committee of the Student Performance Committee for further investigation. The sub-committee will make a recommendation to the Dean as to whether the offer of admission should be maintained or withdrawn.
The Dean will make the final determination regarding the applicant’s status.
•Completion of required medical documentation sent to the Office of the Registrar prior to the date specified in the matriculation agreement.
•Submission of a waiver demonstrating proof of medical insurance coverage or enrollment in the plan provided by the University.
•Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with proof of an earned Bachelor’s degree. If the degree is not posted prior to matriculation, the candidate must provide a letter from the Registrar’s office verifying that the degree requirements have been met and stating when the official transcript with the posted degree will be available. In the event of coursework completed at foreign institutions, the applicant must submit official detailed course by course evaluations completed by an approved agency. A list of these agencies is available in the RVU Handbook & Catalog.
•Any other requirements set forth in the matriculation agreement.
Each year RVUCOM will enroll a class of approximately 150 students. The level of competition for these seats will be determined by the number of applications received during the admissions cycle and the academic competitiveness of the applicant pool.
We look forward to working with you in this process. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
RVUCOM Admissions Office
phone: (720) 875-2800
fax: (720) 875-2897
Julie K. Rosenthal, MS
Executive Director of Admissions and Marketing
Assistant Director of Admissions