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.

DSU Student Health Office

Located on the lower level of the Trojan Center, Room 16, the DSU Student Health Office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students will need to bring their student ID.

Student visits to the Student Health Nurse are unlimited in the areas of:

  • minor illnesses and injuries
  • routine allergy shots
  • education material

If an injury or illness requires a diagnostic visit, the Student Health Nurse will refer you to a physician as one of your three free visits per year. 

Urgent and after-hours care

If you should ever need care when the DSU Student Health Office is closed, you may contact Madison Regional Health directly and the visit will be applied toward your three free visits unless first screened by a nurse.

Urgent care is also available to students from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at Madison Regional Health. These visits will also be applied toward the three free visits per year. Students will need to bring their student ID and insurance card anytime they visit Madison Regional Health.

Emergency care

Students requiring emergency room treatment at the Madison Regional Health during the fall or spring semesters will be charged as follows:

  • The basic emergency room charge will be credited toward any use of the emergency room, providing the care is deemed an emergency by the University or physician. A limit of one (1) such visits will be allowed per student per academic year.
  • The student will be responsible for all additional charges in excess of the above stipulated benefits. Should the student be carrying any other form of hospitalization insurance previous to or in conjunction with the above agreement, it is understood that this agreement acts as a supplement in addition to any other types of student hospital coverage. Under no circumstances will a cash rebate be given to the student in cases where other coverage plus this agreement would exceed the cost of care.

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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