Red Rocks Community College
More information: Kim Rein
August 31, 2009
LAKEWOOD, CO Š The Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant (PA) program honored its 10th graduating class of physician assistants on August 21. In a joint ceremony, the program welcomed its new entering class of 30 students, promoted 29 current students to the clinical year in a traditional white coat ceremony and graduated 30 students from the program.
Physician assistants provide a full range of medical care under the supervision of a licensed physician. The Red Rocks program, one of two in the state, focuses on training PAs to work in primary care with underserved populations such as low-income, rural residents and the elderly.
Students who enter the two-year program are already experienced health care providers who want to expand their skills. They come from careers in nursing, physical therapy, emergency services, respiratory therapy, audiology and many other medical fields. Almost all have a BA degree and many hold masterÕs and doctorate degrees.
At the conclusion of the intensive two-year curriculum, graduates take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), which makes them eligible for a PA license in any state
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