A Message from the President

David ForsteinThis year’s Rocky Vista University Student Handbook and Catalog is published as we celebrate many successes as an institution.  This past year, Master of Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program received a 10-year accreditation from ARC-PA, their programmatic accreditor.  Additionally, the Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine went from a dream to a reality.  The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program continues to be the largest feeder program to RVUCOM.  Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine achieved a record number of students (287) successfully entering residency programs.  Finally, we added a new masters’ program, the Master of Medical Science on our Montana campus.  RVU students and faculty are helping us reach our vision of “Achieving New Heights in Medical Education”

By every measure, RVU faculty and students are delivering on the promises contained in our university Mission Statement: “Rocky Vista University provides quality healthcare education while inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity, and excellence”. RVU students are leaders in national organizations, and in student outcomes: whether it is acceptance into and performance in medical school by our MSBS students, Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam pass rate and job placement by our PA students, or COMLEX pass rate and residency match success, our students are leading the way.

The administration and faculty of RVU remains dedicated to the students and student experience.  We know that healthcare education is challenging and at times overwhelming and we are committed to providing the support services that students need.

At Rocky Vista University we embrace core values of integrity, collegiality, compassion, diversity, equity, excellence, inclusivity, service, and innovation. You will find these values every day during your time at RVU. That are meant to be inspirational, aspirational, and living declarations of who we are.

Please take the time to carefully review the material presented in this RVU Student Handbook and Catalog, as it includes information every student is expected to be familiar with, in addition to being an excellent resource.

Wishing each of you a successful year ahead. 


Warm regards,
David Forstein, DO, FACOOG
President and CEO
Rocky Vista University