Recruit and Admit Qualified Applicants

Action Steps and Accountability Metrics

  • Throughout the history of the University of South Dakota’s Physician Assistant Program, the program and students have been the beneficiaries of significant support from the School of Medicine's Basic Biomedical Sciences faculty, who teach PA students select courses in an interdisciplinary classroom.
  • Over the past five years, the PA program has received, on average, almost 15 applicants for every available seat. From this pool a strong group of about 90 applicants are selected annually for an interview and for possible selection and matriculation into one of the 25 available seats. These statistics, along with our graduation and PANCE pass rates, indicate that we recruit highly qualified applicants.
  • Select qualified students annually
Class of Ratio of App/Enroll Mean Age Average Class Overall GPA Average Class Science GPA Health Care Experience Years
2015 16.6:1 30 3.65 3.61 1.78
2016 15.4:1 26 3.63 3.54 2.17
 2017  15.12:1 24 3.71 3.64 1.65
2018 13.2:1 25 3.68 3.62 1.53
 2019 16.9:1 26 3.74 3.68 2.83
Five-Year Average 15.45:1 26 3.69 3.62 1.99