I am Ready to Apply to the RRCC PA Program in 2018 or Later

(Please note new prerequisite requirements)

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.

Click here for a downloadable application checklist

Applicants for the admissions cycle from April 26, 2018 to July 15, 2018 must meet the following:

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  • The candidate must submit an application to CASPA and a $100 application fee to the RRCC PA Program.
  • Three references are required to complete your application, but CASPA will accept up to five references for each applicant. (We recommend 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.) A submission of five references provides no advantage over three references.
  • 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 who is selected for an interview must appear in person for a scheduled interview.

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The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree obtained through an institution of higher learning accredited by a Department of Education (DOE) recognized accrediting agency as of July 15, 2018. Please see below for information regarding international baccalaureate degrees.

The applicant must have completed the program prerequisites (please visit our Prerequisite Courses Page) with a grade of C or higher and must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher at a United States institution of higher learning accredited by a DOE recognized accrediting agency as of July 15, 2018 (online courses are accepted):

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The candidate must have completed and documented at least 2000 hours of paid healthcare experience (see FAQ #5 for further explanation) between July 15, 2013 and July 15, 2018. 2000 HOURS of healthcare experience MUST be acquired by the time of application submission. The RRCC PA Program will not accept additional documents pertaining to acquired healthcare experience after the application has been submitted.

check box graphicGraduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE must be taken and submitted to CASPA by the July 15, 2018 deadline.  The exam must have been taken within the last 5 years. The Red Rocks Community College GRE DI Code is 2333.

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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 a bachelor’s degree 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.

The applicant must have completed the prerequisites noted above with a grade of C or higher at a United States institution of higher learning accredited by a DOE recognized accrediting agency as of July 15, 2018 (online courses are accepted).

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CASPA will begin accepting applications in April 26, 2018.

a.  Your CASPA application MUST be SUBMITTED by midnight July 15, 2018, and VERIFIED by August 15, 2018, to be reviewed by the RRCC Admissions Committee. (Please note that CASPA may take up to 6 weeks to verify an application.) Applications submitted to CASPA after midnight July 15, 2018, or applications that have not been verified by August 15, 2018, will not be reviewed by the RRCC Admissions Committee. Transcripts verifying degrees or course grades acquired after the application submission MUST BE submitted through CASPA by July 15, 2018 in order to be reviewed by the RRCC PA Admission Committee. Only information provided within the CASPA application will be reviewed.

There is a $100 RRCC application fee. The application fee must be paid by August 15, 2018.  If the application fee is not paid by the deadline, the application will not be reviewed. The application fee can be paid by:

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.

  • 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 15, 2018, the application will not be reviewed.
  3. The CASPA application must be e-submitted online.
  4. All application fees must be paid to CASPA and RRCC.