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I am ready to apply to the RRCC PA Program in 2014

Please check the RRCC PA program homepage for the dates of general information sessions. The faculty provides these sessions for those who need further information regarding admissions.

Candidates for admission to the class entering August 2015 must meet the following criteria:

General Criteria

The candidate must submit an application to CASPA (https://portal.caspaonline.org/) and a $100 application fee to the RRCC PA Program.

Three references are required to complete your application and CASPA will accept only three references for each applicant. (CASPA recommends you consider requesting references from individuals capable of assessing your suitability and preparation for a health career and academia. Such individuals might include physicians, PAs or other health care providers.)


The candidate who is selected for an interview must appear in person for a scheduled interview.  The candidate will also be required to submit additional application materials. Further information regarding these materials will be provided to the candidate when the interview offer is extended.

The candidate cannot have been convicted of a felony criminal offense or of any criminal offense, regardless of its designation, which involved a crime of moral turpitude or crime against children.


The candidate, prior to matriculation, must:

Hold current BLS (CPR) certification.

Provide evidence of compliance with CDC guidelines for healthcare workers regarding immunizations and freedom from communicable diseases.

Pay for and provide a current background check as required by program policy.

Academic Criteria

The candidate must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education as of June 15, 2014.

The candidate must have completed the following prerequisites at a regionally accredited United States institution by June 15, 2014:

Math (6 semester hours)

College Algebra or higher 3 semester hours
Statistics 3 semester hours

Physics (3 semester hours)

Physics (algebra-based or higher) 3 semester hours

Biological Sciences (12 semester hours) (*see below about required 200 level classes)

Cell Biology* or Genetics *  3 semester hours
Additional Biology courses  9 semester hours
  Recommended:  
  General Biology
  Cell Biology*
  Genetics*
  Human Anatomy*
  Human Physiology*
  Microbiology*

Chemistry (10 semester hours) (*see below about required 200 level classes)

Organic Chemistry*    3 semester hours
Additional Chemistry courses  7 semester hours
  Recommended:  
  General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry*
Biochemistry*

* Please Note: 200 level equivalent (sophomore level) course or above is necessary to meet the requirement. These courses usually require a freshman level (100 level equivalent) pre-requisite course.

Prerequisite courses should be taken in their respective departments (for example, cell biology should be taken in the biology department). Courses taken in other departments (for example nursing or kinesiology) or part of a professional program do not provide sufficient foundational knowledge to fulfill the needs of the PA program. The exception to this is the statistics requirement. An appropriate statistics class may be taken in department other than math.

Please note that these pre-requisites represent the minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Successful applicants (admitted to the program) usually have significant additional science coursework at or above the 200 level equivalent (sophomore level).

Advanced placement is not accepted in lieu of any prerequisite. Advanced standing or credit for experiential learning or courses completed as part of a professional degree is not available for any course required as part of the PA curriculum.

Clinical Criteria

The candidate must have completed and documented at least 2000 hours of paid healthcare experience (see FAQ #5 for further explanation) between June 15, 2009 and June 15, 2014.

International Applicants

The candidate whose primary language is not English is required to take the TOEFL test of English proficiency. Successful candidates’ scores rank intermediate or better.

The candidate who has completed any course work at an institution outside of the United States will be required to submit transcripts to a professional transcript evaluation service acceptable to the program. Click here for a list of acceptable services.

All pre-requisites for admission must have been completed at a regionally accredited United States institution.

Application Deadlines

CASPA will begin accepting applications on April 16, 2014.

a. The RRCC Admissions Committee must receive the CASPA-verified application by August 1, 2014. (Please note that CASPA may take up to 6 weeks to verify an application. Applications received by the RRCC Admissions Committee after August 1, 2014 will not be reviewed.) There is a $100 application fee that can be paid for in the following ways below:

  • Pay by credit card. Please use the link below.
    https://commerce.cashnet.com/RRCCPAPPAY

  • Pay by check. Please mail to:

    RRCC Cashier’s Office
    13300 W. 6th Avenue, Box 2
    Lakewood, CO 80228-1255
    Write your CASPA number on your Check and reference the PA Program

  • Pay in person. Please visit the Cashier’s Office on the Lakewood campus: Mon.–Thur. 9am-6pm; Friday 9am-5pm.

** In order for CASPA to consider an application COMPLETE and process and mail the application to the RRCC PA Program, the following steps must all be completed:

  1. All U.S. transcripts must arrive at CASPA.
  2. Two out of three of the letters of reference must be received by CASPA.  However, if the third reference letter is not received by the admissions committee by August 1, 2014, the application will not be reviewed.
  3. The CASPA application must be e-submitted online.
  4. All application fees must be paid to CASPA.

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May 15, 2014 at 5:30pm in room 1529 (PA classroom)

June 10, 2014 at 5:30pm in room 1529 (PA classroom)

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