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Pre-Physician Assistant Studies

Considering a career as a physician assistant? USD provides specialized programs and meticulously designed coursework to prepare you for physician assistant school applications.

Your Path in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies

If you're aspiring to pursue a career in physician assistant studies, strategic planning of your undergraduate program is essential to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to physician assistant school. Physician assistants play a crucial role in healthcare, providing comprehensive medical care under the supervision of physicians.

The University of South Dakota's pre-physician assistant studies path is designed to give students the necessary education for physician assistant school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for information about how to apply to physician assistant programs and should reach out to individual schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk with an advisor to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

This pre-physician assistant studies path does not lead to a degree. Explore the details provided below and refer to our frequently asked questions to gain insights into how the program will shape your USD education and prepare you for success.

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Pre-Physician Assistant Studies

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USD's pre-physician assistant studies path is designed to prepare you for applications to physician assistant school. While you won't graduate with a degree specifically in pre-physician assistant studies, the program complements your chosen major, offering a comprehensive pre-professional curriculum. Advising is crucial in navigating any pre-professional coursework, so be sure to express your interest in physician assistant school to your advisor and inquire about how this choice will influence your education at USD.

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Health Care Experts

The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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