Sep 24, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Dental Hygiene Department

Miranda Drake, Chairperson
School of Health Sciences Building, Room 317
(605) 658-5964


Associate Professors:

Erik Mutterer, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Carissa Regnerus, Clinical Dental Hygiene

Assistant Professor of Practice:

Miranda Drake, Clinical Dental Hygiene

Assistant Professors:

Molly Molencamp, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Katie Williams, Clinical Dental Hygiene


Shelah Christensen, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Ann Grunewaldt, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Kelsey Irish, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Michelle Jarding, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Tara Koele, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Heather Prosser, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Alleana Schwiesow, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Martha Steil, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Lasandra Wilson, Clinical Dental Hygiene
Cola Uecker, Clinical Dental Hygiene


Ann Brunick, Emeritus
Beverly Kennedy, Emeritus
Robert Nelson, Emeritus
Debralee Nelson, Emeritus


Dental Hygiene, B.S.


Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see School of Health Sciences  for school level scholarships. Some awards have very specific criteria and/or may be designated for the University’s Promise Scholars Program.

  • USD Dental Hygiene Alumni Scholarship
  • Dental Hygiene Scholarship
  • Dorothy Francis Yeoman Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Darrell R. & Gretchen Ludeman Scholarship
  • John & Shelly Aesoph Dental Hygiene Scholarship
  • Lonna Wallway Jones Dental Hygiene Scholarship
  • Lulu B. Wheeler-Dental Hygiene Scholarship
  • Scott & Julia Jones Leadership Scholarship
  • Kevin Burr and Leslie Sanders Dental Hygiene Scholarship 
  • SD Dental Foundation Scholarship
  • Stephanie Asheim Young Memorial Scholarship
  • Southeast SD District Dental Society Scholarship
  • SD Dental Hygienists’ Association Scholarship
  • USD DH Public Health Scholarship
  • Jeff & Marcia Sven Scholarship

Student Learning Outcomes for Dental Hygiene (B.S.)

  1. Students will intentionally engage with diversity in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions leading to opportunities for equal access to participation in educational and community programs for all members of society. 
  2. Students will be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions. 
  3. Students will design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal. 
  4. Students will interact with other students and evaluate the effort put into team tasks, interactions with others, and the quantity and quality made to team discussions. 
  5. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking. 
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge that is fundamental to the discipline of dental hygiene. 
  7. Students will demonstrate clinical skills acceptable to the discipline of dental hygiene. 
  8. Students will demonstrate appropriate professional demeanor and ethical reasoning.