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Colorado Medical School Receives Provisional Accreditation

PARKER, Colo., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, LLC (RVUCOM), the newest of the 28 colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States and the first college of osteopathic medicine in Colorado, has been granted provisional accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA-COCA). The provisional accreditation will allow the college to offer its educational curriculum, leading to a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.

With the granting of provisional accreditation, RVUCOM began the process of recruiting and interviewing for its first class of 150 future osteopathic physicians who are scheduled to matriculate in August of 2008.

The inaugural class will join one of every five medical students enrolled in U.S. medical colleges today. Upon graduation, these students will join the fastest growing segment of health care in the United States -- osteopathic medicine.


The mission statement of RVUCOM commits the college to the education of osteopathic physicians who are dedicated to excellence in the practice of medicine, demonstrate integrity and professionalism in their lives, while providing ethical, compassionate, holistic and culturally competent osteopathic medical care to their patients.

RVUCOM strives to prepare physicians who are dedicated to improving access to competent and timely health care for all; with an emphasis on developing primary care physicians to improve medical access for at risk and rural populations, provide public service, and advance public health.

The college is committed to honoring osteopathic philosophy and heritage, advancing both the science and art of the practice of osteopathic medicine, while providing a state of the art, scientifically-based education for its students with an emphasis on prevention of disease, wellness, and patient-centered care.

The college was established largely to provide expanded medical education opportunities for the residents of the state of Colorado and the Mountain West Region and is honored to be given the opportunity to work along side its community and professional partners to advance their missions of providing and improving access to quality health care for the residents of the community, state, region and country.

Board of Trustees

Rocky Vista University operates as an independent, privately-funded organization with a board of trustees who direct and provide oversight for the mission and vision, operations, administration and educational offerings of the component colleges.

The members of the board include:


Ian R. Levenson, D.O., FACOFP of Greenwood Village, Colo.


D. Robert Black, Esq. of Coral Gables, Fla.

Mary M. Burnett, D.O., FACOFP-dist of Littleton, Colo.

Joel Cooperman, D.O. of Aurora, Colo.

Bruce L. Kaplan, D.O. of West Bloomfield, Mich.

Thomas A. Moore, Jr, D.O., of Grand Junction, Colo.

Kent Stevinson of Greenwood Village, Colo.

The founder and chancellor for the university is Yife Tien of Coral Gables, Fla.

With more than 20 years of senior management experience in medical education, Tien has extensive expertise in strategic planning and organizational leadership, operations and administration, business development in competitive markets, regulatory affairs, and revenue growth.

Future Development

The university is currently developing a new campus in the city of Parker in Douglas County, Colo. that will include state of the art educational facilities with a total of 145, 000 sq. ft. of facilities for the college of osteopathic medicine.

Phase two development plans include additional facilities and resources to support new colleges of allied health and nursing and are anticipated to add an additional 50,000 sq. ft. to the campus. Long-range considerations for the university include new colleges of pharmacy and dentistry and as much as an additional 150,000 sq. ft. of facilities and resources during phase three.

Rocky Vista University and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine will provide direct economic impact in excess of $75 million annually by the year 2012 and more than $200 annually by 2020.

SOURCE Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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