Student Health

Happy and healthy.

From flu shots to urgent care and fitness facilities, we take a special interest in making sure that students stay happy and healthy during their time at DSU.

Interlakes Medical Center

Located on the northeast edge of campus, the DSU Nurse’s Station at Interlakes Medical Center is staffed by three Registered Nurses. This is where you’ll go for:

  • Treatment of minor illnesses and injuries
  • Routine allergy shots
  • Educational material and information
  • Testing and treatment for STDs
  • Exams per the Community Health Family Planning Project

If it turns out you need to see a physician or physician assistant, the nurse will make an appointment. Each student is allowed up to two diagnostic office visits per semester (not counting visits to the DSU Nurse’s Station).

Urgent and after-hours care

If you should ever need urgent or after-hours care, the emergency room at Madison Community Hospital is only one block away from campus.

Health insurance

We do strongly encourage all students to carry health insurance. While all students pay a Student Health Fee, we’d like to point out that this fee is not a substitute for health insurance.

If you’re an international student, BOR Policy requires that you have credible health insurance as determined by the SD Board of Regents. Please see our Preparing for DSU page for more information.


If you’re an incoming freshman, transfer student, or a returning former student born in 1957 or later, you will need to be vaccinated prior to enrolling at DSU. 

This means that you’ll need to show proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine or a rubeola and rubella titer. 

The South Dakota Board of Regents also strongly encourages all students to get the meningitis vaccination.


As a DSU student, you’ll have access to the Madison Community Center, which is located on our campus and features:

  • A pool and sauna
  • Running track
  • Fitness equipment
  • Basketball court
  • Racquetball court

We can also boast an extensive intramural sports program, which you’re welcome to join.

Contact us

Questions about our student health program? Give us a call at (605) 256-6951 or contact us online.

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