Physician Assistant Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program (MPAS). The 2019 application cycle closed September 1, 2019. Please check our website frequently for 2020 application cycle information. Prerequisite requirements for the 2019 Admissions Cycle are listed in the Prerequisite Courses tab.

The Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program is the only Master's degree- offering community college program in the US.  The Class of 2019 is the inaugural Master's class.

Visit our Master's Degree website for more information.

The Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The RRCC Program offers courses leading to a master's degree in PA Studies and prepares the student for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) which is administered by the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Upon passage of the PANCE, graduates are eligible for licensure in any state. PANCE pass rates for the RRCC PA Program graduates and the national pass rates are presented below.

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Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report

Program Name: Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program
Program Number: 1157
Report Date: 04-23-2019

Definitions of the report headings are provided at the end of the report. All information is current as of the date the report was generated.

Class Class
Number of
First Time
Program First
Time Taker
Pass Rate
National First Time Taker
Pass Rate for the Class
Graduation Year

Class of 2014





Class of 2015





Class of 2016





Class of 2017





Class of 2018





Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 95%
Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 96%

Definitions of Report Headings


Class nomenclature and the individuals included in each class are determined by PA programs when assigning students to a particular class.

Class Graduation Year

Graduation year for the majority of the individuals in the specific class based on the confirmed graduation date provided by the PA program.

Number of First Time Takers

Number of individuals from the class who have taken PANCE for the first time as of the date the report was generated.PANCE for the first time as of the date the report was generated.

Program First Time Taker Pass Rate

Percent of the first time takers in the class who passed PANCE as of the date the report was generated.

National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year

National percent of first time takers who passed PANCE in the calendar year corresponding to the class graduation year. National pass rate data is not provided until the full calendar year’s data is available.

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals authorized by law to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants often exercise delegated autonomy in decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The clinical role of PAs includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings in rural and urban areas. Though physician assistant practice is primarily directed toward patient care, PAs also provide leadership in educational, research and administrative settings.

The Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program

The Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program is a rigorous 27-month, state-sponsored, nationally-accredited curriculum that recruits adult learners who have prior experience in health care. Our mission is to prepare physician assistants to practice and promote empathetic, primary care-focused medicine that serves the community.

The Program was created in 1998 after several years of needs assessment and after community support was determined to be strong. The first class was admitted in January of 1999; subsequent classes were admitted in August of each year thereafter beginning in 1999.

Our students have been successful in careers such as nursing, physical therapy, emergency services, exercise physiology, medical assisting, radiographic technology, respiratory therapy and audiology, among many others. Some students hold a master's or doctoral degree; all have a baccalaureate degree. Admission to the Program is extremely competitive. The average age of each class is between 28 and 30 years old.  The RRCC PA Program accepts 32 students per year.

Click here to see the Mission, Values, & Goals of the Physician Assistant Program.

If you have questions about the PA profession, a great website for info is We do not schedule individual transcript reviews or appointments with program faculty.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Red Rocks Community College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. 

RRCC has designated Arnie Oudenhoven as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. Report all concerns or complaints relating to discrimination or harassment to the Title IX/EO Coordinator(s). For information, contact Arnie Oudenhoven Executive Director, HR, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, Co 80228. 303.914.6298, Go here for more info on our sexual misconduct policies.