Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-44

Any person desiring to practice as a dentist may obtain a license to practice as a dentist if the applicant satisfies each of the following criteria:
             (1)      The application for a license to practice as a dentist is in writing and signed by the applicant;
             (2)      The applicant has passed a standardized national comprehensive examination approved by the board;
             (3)      The applicant has graduated from an American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited United States dental school, having obtained a doctor of dental medicine or a doctor of dental surgery degree;
             (4)      Within five years preceding the date of application, the applicant has passed a clinical regional or national examination approved by the board or a state examination or examinations that the board deems equivalent;
             (5)      The applicant has passed an examination concerning the state laws and rules relating to dentistry;
             (6)      The applicant has no disciplinary proceeding or unresolved disciplinary complaint pending before a dental board at the time a license is to be issued by the board; and
             (7)      The applicant provides references that indicate the applicant is of good moral character
     The board may require a laboratory or clinical examination of any applicant if it has reason to believe the applicant cannot practice safely.
     Any foreign-trained or any other graduate from a dental program not accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation may apply for a license to practice as a dentist. The board, by rule promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26, shall establish requirements to reasonably ensure that an applicant’s training and education are sufficient for licensure.