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The mission of the Rocky Vista Physician Assistant Program is to prepare clinically competent, collaborative, and compassionate physician assistants to provide primary care.

Goals/Strategic Priorities

The Program strives to achieve excellence in:

Program Completion

  • Indicators of success:
    • At least 95% of cohort graduates from the program
      • Status: 94% of those that matriculated into the graduating class of 2020 graduated

National certification

  • Indicators of success:
    • Graduates meet or exceed the national mean for first-time pass rates for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)
      • Status: First-time national PANCE pass rate: 95%
        • First-time RVU PA PANCE pass rate: 80%

Employment Rate

  • At least 95% of graduates who seek employment are certified, licensed and practicing as PAs within 12 months of graduation
    • Status: Data pending

Achieving the program mission

  • Employer surveys indicate high satisfaction with program graduates
  • Qualitative review indicates graduates meet the stated Program mission
    • Status: Data pending

PA Program Graduate Competencies

The RVU PA Program has adapted professional competencies from those utilized by the following medical education organizations: AAPA, ARC-PA, NCCPA, PAEA, AAMC, NBOME and AACOM. The Program has identified those competencies that will be measured throughout student training and placed them into the appropriate Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). This allows for clear identification of student expectations as well as a mechanism to evaluate student progression toward competence. The RVU PA program provides educational experiences to support student development of requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes corresponding with competence in each of the EPAs.

PA Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs): 

The RVU/PA Program Graduate:

  • Performs patient care responsibilities accurately, efficiently and with consideration of patient preferences and cost; 
  • Makes clinical decisions based on evidence and appropriate clinical reasoning;
  • Applies knowledge in the practice environment, resulting in improved practice and patient outcomes; 
  • Communicates effectively with peers, supervisors, team members, patients and families;
  • Demonstrates professional behaviors in both the educational and practice environments;
  • Works collaboratively within a comprehensive system of care;
  • Demonstrates behaviors required to manage the ambiguity of clinical care.


The University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without advanced notice. Learn more about the tuition payment schedule, individual health insurance status, and the tuition refund process.

The Physician Assistant Program processes hundreds of applications for admissions each year. Learn more about requirements for admissions including GRE scores, minimum prerequisite course work, and GPA requirements.

The MPAS curriculum is sequenced and designed to address and integrate the entrustable professional activities in which are contained the competencies the student must achieve to successfully enter the profession upon graduation.


Stephanie Bradford, PA

Broomfield, CO

Undergraduate studies:
Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado

What clubs and activities are you currently involved with?
I currently serve as Class Representative for the PA 2021 class. I’m also a member of AMWA and I’m a tutor for the first year PA students.

Why did you choose RVU PA?
I chose RVU because the program fosters a supportive environment where every person you interact with is invested in your success. I felt welcome from the moment I arrived on interview day. The competency-based curriculum also drew me in because it evaluates learning and progress in a more holistic way.

What do you like most about RVU PA?
I love the bonds we have formed as a class. It feels like a family in the way that we all support each other. I also like that we can be involved in activities that connect with students outside of the PA program.

What are your medical interests?
I change my mind often as I get exposure to different fields, but currently I’m enjoying pediatrics and women’s health. Thankfully, as a PA, I can change specialties throughout my career.

What do you appreciate most about Colorado and the local area?
I’ve always been proud to call Colorado home. From the mountains to the cities, there’s always something to do or a new place to explore. The weather makes outside activities possible year round, and you never have to go more than a few days without seeing the sun.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love traveling, reading, baking, photography, and spending time with my family and friends.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Schedule time for yourself in your busy week to relax, do something you love, or call a friend. Even 30 minutes can make a huge difference in your attitude.

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8401 South Chambers Rd.

Parker, CO 80134

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