School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies

Academics & Admissions

PA Gross AnatomyLearning on Campus

The first 12 months of our 24-month program is spent in the classroom on the Vermillion campus. You will learn important medical concepts necessary to succeed. We strongly believe in the team teaching approach and many times during the year you will learn side-by-side with our health sciences and medical students. A complete list of courses and course descriptions can be found in the USD Graduate Catalog.

Beyond the Classroom

In the 12-month clinical phase, you will gain supervised clinical experience from licensed physicians and physician assistant preceptors. You will rotate through a number of clinical areas from family medicine to surgery to emergency medicine. 


The following information will provide you details on the requirements of our program as well as our admissions process.

Superb Experiences

FalkenburgJoy Dr. Joy Falkenburg, Custer Regional Hospital, will be a recipient of the REHPS Golden Stethoscope Preceptor Award, nominated by USD PA students.  "Her enthusiasm and passion for what she does displays the many rewards of choosing a career in healthcare."