South Dakota contains four schools that offer physician assistant programs. University of South Dakota, the highest-ranking physician assistant school in SD, has a total student population of 9,617 and is the 286th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 4 physician assistant schools in South Dakota, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kilian Community College comes out as the most expensive ($16,388/yr), with Sinte Gleska University as the lowest recorded at only $5,389/yr.
Physician Assistant students from South Dakota schools who go on to become physician assistants. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 76,900 people working as physician assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $84,830. Also, Medical assistants make on average $29,450 per year and there are about 495,970 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the South Dakota alone, there are 1,000 employed medical assistants earning an average yearly salary of $25,190. Physician assistants in this state earn $81,530/yr and there are 420 employed.
Also, within the physician assistant schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from physician assistant, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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