Physician Assistant Studies
Gain the classroom learning and real-world experience you need to succeed as a physician assistant. This master's program will prepare you with important medical concepts and supervised clinical experience in a wide variety of clinical areas as you prepare for your career in health care.
Known for Excellence
Graduates from this program have a 100% job placement rate.
USD's M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies is the only accredited program of its kind in the state of South Dakota.
Graduating PAs have a 93% first time pass rate over the past five years on PANCE national exam.
Departments & Facilities
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies offers the only physician assistant studies program in South Dakota. Graduates of the program have experienced a 100% job placement rate, with many going on to practice in the state's rural areas. Our faculty provide expert training, preparing our students to become compassionate, competent physician assistants who are leaders and collaborators on the health care team.
Faculty & Staff
Learn in a State-of-the-Art Environment
Become the Leader Your Patients Need
Tuition and Fees
Approved tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:
|Estimated Total of Tuition and Fees||Year One, FA, SP, SU||Year Two FA, SP, SU||Total|
|Minnesota Resident Tuition||$28,896.50||$44,737.00||$73,630.50|
|Tuition and Free Breakdown
||Year One FA, SP, SU
||Year Two FA, SP, SU
|Resident Tuition ($336.80/credit hour)
|Minnesota Resident Tuition ($594.50/credit hour for Allied Health Courses, $457.75/credit hour for Non-Allied Health Courses) (2020-2021 rate - this rate changes in August for fall, spring courses.)
|Non-resident Tuition ($879.30/credit hour for Allied Health Courses, $647.55/credit hour for Non-Allied Health Courses)
|Health Sciences Fee ($103/credit hour)
|General Activity Fee ($54.50/credit hour) (only charged during Year One)
|Delivery Fee ($45.80) (only charged during Year Two)
|Life, Disability, AD&D
|Tuition and fees are subject to change by the South Dakota Board of Regents. *Minnesota reciprocity rates are not set until August and are provided for estimate purposes only.
*Health insurance is required and must meet minimum requirements set by Health Affairs. The amount listed is estimated and not the actual cost of the coverage.
For a detailed estimate of expenses for the upcoming year please view the current budget.
- View Class of 2021 Student Budget
- View Class of 2022 Student Budget
- View Class of 2023 Student Budget
- Tuition and fees are subject to change by the South Dakota Board of Regents
- Questions regarding residency should be directed to the Registrar's Office
- Students will incur additional expenses for travel, lodging and meals during the clinical phase of the program. These costs vary depending on your schedule
We have financial aid programs to assist students who have financial needs. The Office of Financial Aid is prepared to supplement student contributions from its aid sources for qualified applicants. Counselors are available to assist students in obtaining financial aid from outside sources. It is very important that all financial planning arrangements are complete prior to entering the program.
Physician assistant students are advised that employment during the didactic phase of the program is highly discouraged and not allowed during the clinical phase due to the heavy academic demands of the program.
Refunds and Withdrawal
Quality Educational Experiences
USD's Physician Assistant Studies program has been accredited since 1995. Accreditation fosters quality educational experiences and helps to assure that the program is taught by qualified faculty, has the resources it needs to support the curriculum, meets its mission, has acceptable student outcomes, and provides accurate information to the public.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of South Dakota Physician 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 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the standards and ARC-PA policy. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website, which can be viewed here.
Graduates from the program are eligible for the national certification examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
- NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report Last 5 Years
- University of South Dakota PA Program Annual Student Attrition Data