School of Health Sciences Dental Hygiene

Terms of Acceptance

  • If you have been selected into the incoming fall class, you will have a short period of time after receiving notification of your selection to accept your seat in that class
  • There is a $250 non-refundable tuition deposit that is required at that time
  • There is a required department immunization protocol.¬†Information regarding necessary immunizations and tests will be given at an orientation session. Compliance and documentation deadlines must be followed or your seat in the class will be forfeited
  • Students must maintain current CPR certification for Healthcare Providers
  • We require criminal background checks as part of conditional admission to all health professions programs
    • Background checks will be performed only after the applicant has received notice of conditional admission
    • Understand that failure to disclose any previous convictions or charges pending at any point during the application process may lead to denial or revocation of admission
    • Felony convictions will result in denial of acceptance to the program and/or eligibility of licensure; misdemeanor convictions may result in denial of acceptance to the program
    • Drug screening checks may be required for licensure and/or clinical placement while a student in the program
    • Additional background checks may be required for programmatic clinical experience
    • After you have received a letter of conditional admission to the USD Dental Hygiene Department, complete the criminal background check through
      Verified Credentials
  • Accepted students must purchase instruments, uniforms and supplies for their dental hygiene education
    • Specific instruments, uniforms and supplies are ordered by the department at a discount for the students. It is in the students' best interest to purchase these through the department. If you have questions please contact the department
    • The amount for these instruments, uniforms and supplies will be added to your tuition bill and will be payable during tuition and fee collection, which is generally held the first week of classes or can be paid by phone, mail, or SDePay when you receive your tuition bill through your USD e-mail account
  • Professional liability insurance is contracted by the department at a reduced rate for the students. Please contact the department if you have any questions
  • As a student in the USD Department of Dental Hygiene, you will be expected to follow all University and Department policies and procedures and meet all University requirements as stated in various documents directed toward students
  • You will also be expected to satisfactorily complete all academic and clinical requirements of the program to include attendance at all off-campus clinical rotations
  • The Department's clinical experiences are held at various locations to include clinics on campus and in Sioux Falls, as well as in the State's penitentiaries and developmental center, IHS/tribal hospitals and schools, and private dental offices
  • While transportation may be provided for students to some rotations, you will be responsible for your own transportation to other areas
  • It will also be important to recognize that weather may be an issue during winter months and it will be necessary for you to keep in constant contact with instructors regarding travel to clinics
    • It is necessary for you to be flexible should you have to relocate to a different clinic on short notice and you should be prepared to stay overnight if you are advised not to travel to or from a site
  • While the Department has patients for whom we routinely provide care, it is an expectation that students will provide their own patients should the Department not be able to fill schedules with recall patients
  • Beginning in the 2010 fall semester, all Dental Hygiene students will be required to posses comprehensive medical insurance coverage. The specifics of such coverage are not finalized at this time, so please watch for further information. You will be required to show proof of coverage that is comparable to what the Department requires or you will need to purchase a policy that will be made available to you
  • Beginning in the 2010 fall semester, students will now be required to pay for all testing and follow-up procedures associated with an occupational exposure incident. However, the Department will continue to cover the costs of source patient testing. More information on this will be given during advising and orientation sessions
  • All other Department policies and procedures are outlined in the USD Department of Dental Hygiene Policies and Procedures manual

If there are questions regarding these policies, please contact the Department of Dental Hygiene. Failure to meet these terms could jeopardize your seat in the class.