Physician Assistant Program

Thank you for your interest in the Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program. Please thoroughly review our website for the most up-to-date information about our program.

The 2021 application cycle closed on September 1, 2021. Please review our website for application requirements for the 2022 application cycle, opening April 2022. Application dates and deadlines will be posted as they become available.

The Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program is a rigorous 27-month, state-sponsored, nationally accredited program. The program was established in 1998 and has maintained accreditation since inception. The RRCC PA program became the first community college in the US to confer its own master's degree. 

Graduates of the RRCC PA program receive a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). The RRCC PA program has a long history of educating competent, community minded PAs to practice primary care. Our graduates receive exceptional training and are prepared to enter clinical practice upon graduation.

History of the Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program

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 accepted 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 prior to acceptance. 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.


The mission of the RRCC PA program is to prepare physician assistants to practice and promote empathetic, primary care-focused medicine that serves the community.

For more information of our program goals, please click here.


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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.