South Dakota contains two schools that offer dental hygienist programs. University of South Dakota, the highest-ranking dental hygienist school in SD, has a total student population of 9,617 and is the 286th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 dental hygienist 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 Hygienist students from South Dakota schools who go on to become dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental professionals, dental hygienistss, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 173,900 people working as dental hygienists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $67,860. Also, Dentists specialists make on average $153,570 per year and there are about 5,010 of them employed in the US today.
Also, within the dental hygienist schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from dental hygienist, 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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