Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-44.2
- 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
- Dental hygienist: a person licensed as a dental hygienist pursuant to this chapter, who, under the supervision of a dentist, renders the diagnostic, preventive, or therapeutic dental services, and any educational services provided pursuant thereto, as authorized by this chapter, as well as any related extra-oral procedure required in the practice of those services. 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 dental hygienist may obtain a license to practice as a dental hygienist if the applicant satisfies each of the following criteria:
(1) The application for a license to practice as a dental hygienist 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 hygiene school, having obtained a dental hygiene 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 an applicant if it has reason to believe the applicant cannot practice safely.
Any foreign-trained or any other graduate from a dental hygiene program not accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation may apply for a license to practice as a dental hygienist. 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.