I am Ready to Apply to the RRCC PA Program in 2022 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 to provide additional information about the PA profession and specific information about the RRCC PA program, including the application/admission process.

Click here for a downloadable application checklist

The 2022 application cycle opens April 28, 2022 and closes September 1, 2022. All applications to the RRCC PA Program must be submitted through CASPA, a link is included under the General Criteria heading (see below). Please review all tabs in the application link to ensure you have met and completed all required admission criteria.

Applicants for the admissions cycle from April 28, 2022 to September 1, 2022 must meet the following:

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  • The candidate must submit an application to CASPA and pay the application fee. Additionally, applicants must pay the RRCC application fee by September 15, 2022.
  • Three references are required to complete your application, but CASPA will accept up to five references for each applicant. (The admission committee recommends requesting references from individuals capable of assessing suitability and preparation of the applicant for a rigorous academic program and demanding career. Such individuals might include physicians, PAs or other health care providers.) A submission of five references provides no advantage over three references.
  • The applicant 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.
  •  Applicants selected for an admission interview must appear for a scheduled interview. Interviews will be conducted in in-person and/or virtual formats, based on current COVID-19 recommendations. No telephone interviews will be conducted.

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The applicant must obtain a baccalaureate degree by September 1, 2022. The baccalaureate degree must be obtained through an institution of higher learning accredited by a Department of Education (DOE) recognized accrediting agency. Please see below for information regarding international baccalaureate degrees.

All RRCC PA program prerequisites must be acquired at a US institution of higher learning accredited by a DOE recognized agency. The applicant must complete all RRCC program prerequisites (please visit our Prerequisite Courses Page) by September 1, 2022. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Applicants must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher. Completion of prerequisite course in an on-line format are accepted. 

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The applicant must have acquired at least 2,000 hours of paid healthcare-relevant experience (see FAQ #6 for further explanation) between September 1, 2017 and September 1, 2022.  Hours obtained for academic credit or in volunteer capacities do not count towards the required 2,000 paid hours. Applicants must report acquired healthcare experience using CASPA guidelines, in the CASPA application under the headings of Patient Care Experience or Health Related Experience. Applicants must list job title, role, name of institution, name and title of supervisor, and provide a detailed description of tasks, number of hours worked per week, and total number of weeks worked. 2,000 hours of paid healthcare experience MUST be acquired by the time of application submittal. The RRCC PA Program will not project out, or accept additional documents pertaining to, acquired healthcare experience after the application submittal. Be advised that all reported healthcare experience is subject to review and verification by the RRCC PA Program admission committee. Falsification of reported healthcare experience is grounds for expulsion from the PA Program review and/or admission process.

Applicants are advised to continue to acquire additional healthcare-relevant experience hours following application submittal. If selected as a program interviewee, the applicant will be invited to provide the admission committee with documentation certifying additional healthcare-relevant experience hours acquired post-application submittal.

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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.

All RRCC PA program prerequisites must be acquired at a US institution of higher learning accredited by a DOE recognized agency. The applicant must complete all RRCC program prerequisites (please visit our Prerequisite Courses Page) by September 1, 2022. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Applicants must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher. Online completion of prerequisite courses is accepted.

check box graphicApplication Deadlines

CASPA will begin accepting applications April 28, 2022.

a.  The CASPA application MUST be SUBMITTED by 9:59 p.m. (MST) September 1, 2022, and VERIFIED by CASPA by September 15, 2022, to be reviewed by the RRCC PA Program admission committee. (Please note that CASPA may take up to 6 weeks to verify an application.) Applications submitted to CASPA after 9:59 p.m. (MST) September 1, 2022, or applications that have not been verified by September 15, 2022 will not be reviewed by the RRCC PA Program admission committee. Transcripts verifying degrees or course grades acquired after the application submission MUST BE submitted through CASPA by September 1, 2022 in order to be reviewed by the RRCC PA Program admission committee. Only information provided within the CASPA application will be reviewed.

b.  There is a non-refundable $100 RRCC application fee (in addition to the CASPA application fee). The RRCC application fee must be paid by September 15, 2022.  The application will not be reviewed if the application fee is not paid by the deadline. The RRCC 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.

** CASPA must consider your application to be "Complete" to be placed in line for Verification. In general, an application is complete when:

  1. The CASPA application was submitted online. Applicants will receive an email from CASPA confirming the application was successfully submitted.
  2. All official transcripts have been received and posted to the CASPA application. Coursework and conferred degree must be verified by transcript.
  3. Two out of three letters of reference (evaluations) have been completed and submitted to CASPA.  However, the application will not be reviewed by the RRCC admission committee if the third reference letter is not submitted by September 15, 2022.
  4. The CASPA application fee payment was submitted and marked as received.