Physician Assistant Program Happenings

RRCC News: PA Faculty Dayna Jaynstein recognized with national credential

Dayna Jaynstein, PA-CLakewood, CO – Dayna Jaynstein, PA-C, a certified physician assistant faculty member at the Red Rocks Community College PA Program, was recently awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Jaynstein received the CAQ in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is one of only 20 certified PAs in Colorado to earn a CAQ in Emergency Medicine since the program’s inception in 2011. CAQs are offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

In addition to her work at Red Rocks Community College, Jaynstein is also a certified PA at Denver Health and is a recipient of the 2012 Peak Performers Award for Hospital-Based PAs in the Rocky Mountain region.

Red Rocks, the only community college in the nation to offer a master’s program in Physician Assistant Studies, was recently granted continuing accreditation status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) sponsored by Red Rocks Community College until March 2027.  

“We are proud of our accreditation preparation efforts and how we demonstrated the strength of the Red Rocks PA Program,” said Christa Dobbs, Director of RRCC’s Physician Assistant Program.  “As we near the start of the master’s degree curriculum in the fall of 2017, we know we have a strong foundation on which to continue to produce excellent PAs.”

About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are more than 115,500 certified PAs in the U.S. today. For more information, visit

Physician Assistant Master's Degree

Community college will offer Masters Degree (via 9News)

Joseph Brill and Justin Murphy presented information about the Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program and the PA profession to students at Warren Tech North.

Joseph Brill and Marcus Barlow presented information about the Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program and the PA profession to students at Warren Tech North.

RRCC PA Students at the Patterson Elementary Health Fair

The 1st year Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program students have been participating at the Patterson Elementary School Health Fair for several years. The PA students enjoy bringing healthcare education into the lives of the young Patterson students. Patterson Elementary school suspends the normal learning routine for one morning to focus on some lifelong lessons about mind and body.

RRCC PA Program to Offer Master's Degree

The Physician Assistant Program at Red Rocks Community College is excited to announce the offering of a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) to graduates of the Physician Assistant Program. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) approved the offering of a MPAS for Red Rocks Community College PA Program in June of 2015 ending a five-year process involving approval by the Colorado Legislature in 2013. The program is advertising the graduate degree with admissions in Fall of 2015 for the degree opening spring 2016. The first MPAS Class is expected to begin their studies fall 2017.

A note from Program Director, Christa Dobbs, MPAS, PA-C, "the ability of Red Rocks Community College to offer it's own Master's degree to the physician assistant graduates is a monumental step nationally among community colleges. The support from the state of Colorado in approving this measure provides us the ability to continue to train competent and compassionate PAs to support the needs of patients in Colorado."

College Breaks Ground for Arvada Campus Expansion.

The MPAS graduate program will be crucial to inter-professional education at the new Red Rocks Community College Arvada Campus. The $22.5 million campus expansion will house the RRCC Health Careers programs and is planned to open fall 2016. The new state-of-the-art construction-next to the existing structure at 5420 Miller Street-will triple the size and capacity of the Arvada location. The Arvada Campus will house all the of the college's health professions programs in one place contributing to inter-professional education for health sciences students at RRCC. (The address has changed to 10280 W 55th Ave. Arvada, CO)

Student ground breaking

$972,892 HRSA Grant to Enhance Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program

A five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will enhance the RRCC Physician Assistant Program's graduates with Patient-Centered Medical Home principles. PCMH has become a widely proposed model to strengthen primary care while reducing overall health care costs.

Graduation of 13th Physician Assistant Class

The Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant (PA) graduated 33 students in its Class of 2015 on September 11, 2016. Christa Dobbs, MPAS, PA-C Program Director, presided over the ceremony.

PA students

The Program's Outstanding Graduate awards went to three graduates whose GPAs were at the top of the graduating class, Congratulations Christina Dunn, Grant Nichols, and Michelle Althouse.
The Red Rocks PA Program's Mission Award went to a fantastic student who has shown commitment to the mission of the program. Congratulations to Matthew Cox.

Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony

On September 11, 2015, the Program hosted the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017. In modern medical education, a White Coat Ceremony signifies the transition of students from pre-clinical work to clinical education.


White coat Class of 2017

RRCC PA Students Presented to 100 Warren Tech Students Interested in Health Careers

During the Physician Assistant Career pathway, Ann Nimesgern and Jonathan Joslyn, two students from the RRCC PA Class of 2016, presented a "Power Talk" to more than 100 Warren Tech students.

PA Students at Warren Tech

PA Instructor Awarded Instructor of the Year by Student Voice

Congratulations to Dr. John Witwer who was honored as part-time RRCC Instructor of the Year by the Student Voice.

Rio Grande Hospital

Mary Dragoo
Second year PA student, Mary Dragoo, experiences rural Colorado
with a cattle drive in front of the Rio Grande Hospital where she is 
doing a clinical rotation.