More South Dakota Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
South Dakota is projected to need thousands of additional health care providers in the near future as the state's population ages and significant numbers of current providers approach retirement. This problem is particularly acute in rural areas where one of the most pressing issues is the misdistribution of health professionals.
Health professionals are concentrated in the more populated areas of the state, while 59 of the state's 66 counties have been federally designated, all or portions of, as health professional shortage areas.
Purpose of the More SD Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners program: Expand the state's education capacity to prepare additional primary care providers with a strong emphasis on rural areas.