Nikki Higgins

Assistant Professor


Julian Hall 120

Phone: (605) 658-5929



Married. 3 children. Graduate of the USD PA Program. Nationally certified through the NCCPA. Hold state licensure in Nebraska and South Dakota. Born and raised in a rural community in Northeast Nebraska. Currently reside in a rural community in Northeast Nebraska. Interests/Hobbies include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, football, and attending kids activities.

Teaching Interests:

Incorporate more case based learning into the cirriculum

Research Interests:

Effectiveness of long term use of opioids to manage chronic noncancer pain


  • MS, Physician Assistant Studies, USD, 2012
  • BS, Biology, Wayne State College, 2007
  • Associate of Applied Science, Southeast Community College, 2002

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Nebraska Physician Assistant License, DHHS Division of Public Health
  • South Dakota Physician Assistant License, SDBMOE
  • Certified Physician Assistant, NCCPA