Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-44
- Board: the State Board of Dentistry. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
- Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
- Dental: pertaining to dentistry. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
- Dentist: a person licensed as a dentist pursuant to this chapter. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
- Dentistry: the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment, including surgery and the prescribing of drugs, of diseases, disorders, or conditions of the human oral cavity or its adjacent or associated tissues and structures of the maxillofacial area, and their impact on the human body. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
- Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
- State: the State of South Dakota. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
- Writing: and "written" include typewriting and typewritten, printing and printed, except in the case of signatures, and where the words are used by way of contrast to typewriting and printing. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
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.