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Physician Assistant


Physician Assistants (PAs) are healthcare providers who are authorized to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician. The mission of the RRCC PA Program is to train clinically competent and compassionate physician assistants to provide primary care to the medically underserved.

The rigorous, year-round, full-time, 25-month curriculum leads to a certificate that qualifies graduates to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The first two semesters of the program are devoted to classroom, laboratory, and small-group work, most of which is on campus. Students will then be scheduled for three off-campus clinical rotations. Students will return to campus for another ten weeks of didactic curriculum. The remainder of the program is devoted to off-campus clinical rotations. Many of the clinical rotations are scheduled outside of the Denver metropolitan area. Qualified students may apply to an affiliated institution to obtain a master’s degree designed to be completed at the same time as the certificate.

Please note that admissions requirements, program curriculum, and graduation requirements are subject to change. The RRCC PA program Web site is the most current source for program information.

Program Application and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must submit an application to the program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Application information with a link to CASPA is found on the RRCC PA program Web site. At the time of application, candidates must have completed a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

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PHY – Physics Courses

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SVT – Sport Vehicle Technology Courses

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THE – Theatre Arts Courses

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WQM – Water Quality Management Technology Courses

WTG Wind Turbine Generation Courses

WTG 100 Introduction to Wind Industry

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