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Medical Schools in Denver, CO with Degree Program Summaries

Feb 18, 2019

There is only one Denver-area medical school and it's located within 10 miles of downtown. To find out if it's the right school for you, read an overview of its program options and requirements.

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Denver Medical School Programs

Only one medical school is in the Denver area, but it offers multiple degree options and is located less than 20 minutes from the center of the city. Explore the institution's clinical and coursework requirements, and review a table of stats and facts for additional details on the university.

  • Located in a diverse setting, the University of Colorado - Denver has built a reputation as a leader in educating medical professionals. Students can earn a master's degree in physician assistant studies, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree or a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. A medical scientist training program that awards an MD and PhD is available as well. The medical school is located in the suburb of Aurora on the Anschutz Medical Campus, but is still close to downtown Denver at just eight miles away.

School Statistics

Whether you're interested in becoming a physician, a physical therapist or another medical professional, the educational training required for these careers is a major financial investment. Consider the tuition costs, as well as other facts, at the profiled university in the table below.

University of Colorado - Denver
School Type 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,839*
Campus Setting Large city
Medical School Program Tuition (as of 2019)** MD: (Year 1) $39,364 for residents, $65,319 for non-residents
MPAS: (Year 1) $17,450 for residents, $37,783 for non-residents
DPT: (per credit hour) $501 for residents, $1,049 for non-residents

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Colorado - Denver

University of Colorado - Denver

For 2019, US News & World Report ranked the University of Colorado School of Medicine within the top ten in the nation for primary care, with pediatrics and the physician assistant program ranked within the top ten as well. In addition, the University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado, both part of the Anschutz Medical Campus, were highly ranked. The campus is home to the state-of-the-art Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, a 94,000-square-foot building providing research labs, a fitness facility, cooking classes and nutrition services to the community. The medical school has roughly 2,300 full-time faculty members, with an additional 1,200 research assistants.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

This 3-year program trains students to become certified physicians' assistants. Students will begin with courses in the basics of medicine, including studies of physical diagnosis, assessment and care, ambulatory care, general pathology and ethics. There will also be a community clinic rotation, as well as training in lifespan diagnostics.

The second year focuses on clinical medicine for newborns through seniors, emergency medicine, evidence-based medicine, pharmacology, immunology, orthopedics, nutrition and behavioral medicine. The final year is reserved for up to 12 clinical rotations.

There is also a rural medicine track, with students focusing during their third year on clinical rotations in rural communities with populations less than 15,000. Students live in these communities during their rotations and are expected to participate in community events.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The DPT program requires three years of study to prepare graduates for careers as consultants, clinical practitioners, administrators and educators within the field of physical therapy. The curriculum begins with a foundation in the basic and clinical sciences. Courses include the study of neuroscience, exercise science, motor control and human anatomy. In addition, eight months of clinical education experiences are required, including roughly 100 hours of integrated fieldwork. Completion of a capstone project is necessary to earn this degree.

Doctor of Medicine

The MD curriculum is composed of four phases that must be completed over the course of four years. The Essentials Core section is responsible for the first two phases of a medical student's education. These eighteen months include laboratory exercises, lectures on the basic sciences and team projects focused on the Foundations of Doctoring program. The third phase of the curriculum requires the completion of clinical clerkships and Integrated Clinician Courses (ICCs). The final phase is known as the Advanced Studies Curriculum and consists of 32 weeks of study, including ICCs, a Sub-Internship rotation, electives and capstone projects.

Medical Scientist Training Program

Students who complete this program earn an MD and a PhD. The curriculum of the MSTP program is divided into five phases, each including basic science and clinical components. In phases one and two, students focus on building a foundation in pre-clinical graduate requirements, including taking courses on the nervous system, the human body, metabolism and infectious diseases. Summer research rotations are available during the first two years of the program.

Following the completion of these requirements, participants must complete necessary PhD research in their chosen concentration. Program options include cancer biology, computational bioscience, immunology, pharmacology and reproductive sciences. A comprehensive exam and thesis defense are mandatory for this phase. The final two phases include the completion of six clerkship blocks and elective coursework. Clerkships include clinical experience in the fields of mental health, urgent care, adult hospitalization, operative care, community care and emergency medicine.

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