South Dakota contains two schools that offer dental assistant programs. University of South Dakota, the highest-ranking dental assistant school in SD, has a total student population of 9,617 and is the 286th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 dental assistant schools in South Dakota, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of South Dakota comes out as the most expensive ($12,826/yr), with Lake Area Technical Institute as the lowest recorded at only $9,078/yr.
Dental Assistant students from South Dakota schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the South Dakota alone, there are 470 employed dental hygienists earning an average yearly salary of $60,580. Dental assistants in this state earn $29,790/yr and there are 810 employed.
Also, within the dental assistant schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from dental assistant, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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