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Physician Assistant Student at USD Awarded National Scholarship

Daniel Mullin Daniel Mullin is the recipient of the Rural Health Caucus scholarship.

Daniel Mullin, a student in the University of South Dakota physician assistant (PA) studies program, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Rural Health Caucus scholarship awarded by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Only two such scholarships are awarded in the entire nation each year. They recognize an accomplished PA student who intends to practice in a rural setting.

Mullin is in his second and final year of the physician assistant program, and is expected to graduate with a master’s degree in PA studies in July, 2017. The Hartford, SD native received his undergraduate degree from USD in biology/psychology.

The physician assistant program at the University of South Dakota began educating physician assistants in 1993, and is the only physician assistant program in South Dakota. The program is part of the university’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences that includes ten different fields of health care study and professional preparation.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.