Impacting health care by preforming primary care under physician supervision.
Our physician assistant program takes place in two phases - didactic and clinical. Your first 12 months is spent in the classroom on the Vermillion campus. You will learn important medical concepts necessary to succeed. The final 12 months you will gain supervised clinical experience from licensed physicians and physician assistant preceptors in a number of clinical areas from family medicine to surgery to emergency medicine.
Required exam: None
Our program uses clinical sites throughout the state to provide students a number of specialty rotations.
To be eligible for our program you need to have completed a set of prerequisite coursework and other requirements.
Rachele Schrader and Kayla Weisbeck were awarded the department's Doc Hays Scholarship, named for Dr. Robert Hays, a South Dakota physician and health care pioneer. Dr. Hayes was instrumental in getting legislation passed to create the physician assistant as a health occupation in the early 1970s.