School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies

About Us

PA Students  

 Each year, we admit one class of students in our intense, high-quality, 24-month program. Our graduates go on to successful and rewarding medical careers throughout the region.
    

 
 
Mission

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of South Dakota provides a comprehensive primary care education that prepares graduates to deliver high quality healthcare to meet the needs of patients in South Dakota and the region.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the University of South Dakota Physicians Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Dakota. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2020.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Standards and ARC-PA policy.

NCCPA Physician Assistant National Certification Examination First-Time Pass Rate

Class Of

Class Size

First Time Takers

First Time Takers Passed

Percentage Passed-First Time Takers

Pass Rate-Overall

2005

19

19

18

94.74%

100%

2006

21

21

19

90.48%

100%

2007

19

19

16

84.21%

100%

2008

19

19

19

100%

100%

2009

20

20

17

85%

95%

2010

21

21

21

100%

100%

2011

20

20

17

85%

100%

2012

19

19

18

95%

95%

 
NCCPA Pass Rate Summary Report 
 
Program Goals
5 Year trend of University of South Dakota PA Program Goals and Success in achieving its goals
 
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