CNA Classes in South Dakota (SD)

If you want to work as a certified nurse aide in the state of South Dakota, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. Then, find an approved training program, or apply for a training waiver. Finally, apply to take the qualifying exam through D&S Diversified. Once you pass the exam, your name will be added to the state CNA registry and you’ll be ready to work.

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for a CNA training program in South Dakota if you:

  • Are at least 18.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a complete health exam, including drug and TB tests.
  • Have proof of immunization.
  • Pass a criminal background and fingerprinting check. Any felony convictions on your record could disqualify you from the certification process.

Training Exemptions

The state of South Dakota may waive mandatory CNA training if you are:

  • Currently a nursing student.
  • Have proof of equivalent education in another health care field.
  • Have a CNA license that expired in the last 2 years.

Fees

Nurse aide certification courses cost from $600-$1,000 in South Dakota. If you work for a health care facility or have a job offer, your employer may bear the cost of tuition and exam fees.

If you pay out-of-pocket, your fees will be reimbursed if you get a job at a Medicaid-certified health care facility within 1 year after training.

Exam fees cost:

  • Written and skills testing: $152.50
  • Skills testing: $85
  • Written testing: $67.50

Certification Renewal

The CNA license is valid for 2 years from the date of issue. You can renew your license online through the South Dakota Board of Nursing website. You’ll need to fill out a nurse assistant registry renewal form.

To renew your certification, you must work for at least 8 hours as a paid CNA while you’re licensed.

Key Facts

  • The CNA exam includes both written and practical skills sections. The written section has 75 multiple choice questions. The practical section tests you on 5 randomly chosen clinical skills.
  • You have 3 tries to pass the exam. If you fail on the third try, you must repeat CNA training.
  • You can work as a nurse aide for up to 120 days in South Dakota without a license. However, you must be enrolled in a training program during that time. If you don’t pass the exam after 120 days, you’ll have to stop working until you get your license.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown (605) 882-5824 Request Information
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls (605) 367-7624 Request Information
Presentation College Aberdeen (800) 437-6060 Request Information
Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell (800) 333-8506 Request Information
Oglala Lakota College Pine Ridge (605) 342-1513 Request Information
Sinte Gleska University Mission (605) 856-8100 Request Information
Aberdeen Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center Aberdeen (605) 622-5000
Avera Mother Joseph Manor Aberdeen (605) 622-5850
Bethesda Home of Aberdeen Aberdeen (605) 225-7580
Manor Care Health Services Aberdeen (605) 225-2550
Morningside Care Center Alcester (605) 934-2011
Golden Living Center – Arlington Arlington (605) 683-5796
Golden Living Center – Armour Armour (605) 724-2911
Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care Belle Fourche (605) 892-3331
Bethesda of Beresford Beresford (605) 763-2050
Bowdle Nursing Home Bowdle (605) 285-6146
Sun Dial Manor Bristol (605) 492-3615
Brookview Manor Brookings (605) 696-9000
United Retirement Center Brookings (605) 692-5351
Good Samaritan Center – Canistota Canistota
Good Samaritan Society – Canton Canton
Good Samaritan Society – Centerville Centerville
Sanford Mid-Dakota Care Center Chamberlain (605) 234-5511
Golden Living Center-Clark Clark (605) 532-3431
Good Samaritan Society – Deuel County Clear Lake
Good Samaritan Society – Corsica Corsica (605) 946-5467
Custer Regional Senior Care Custer (605) 673-2237
Good Samaritan Society – DeSmet Desmet (605) 854-3327
Prairie Estates Care Center Elk Point (605) 356-2622
Estelline Nursing & Care Center Estelline (605) 873-2278
Avera Eureka Health Care Center Eureka (605) 284-2145
Faulkton Healthcare Center Faulkton (605) 598-6262
Riverview Health Services Flandreau (605) 997-2481
Oakview Terrace Freeman (605) 925-4000
Gettysburg Medical Center / Oahe Manor Gettysburg (605) 224-3100
Avera Rosebud Country Care Center / Avera Gregory Health Care Gregory (605) 835-8394
Highmore Healthcare Center Highmore
Fall River Health Services Hot Springs (605) 745-3159
South Dakota Veterans Home Hot Springs (605) 745-5127
Good Samaritan Society – Howard Howard (605) 772-4481
Sunquest Healthcare Center Huron
Ipswich Ipswich (605) 426-6622
Golden Living Center-Lake Norden Lake Norden (605) 785-3654
Good Samaritan Center – Lennox Lennox
Bethel Lutheran Home Madison (605) 256-4539
Golden Living Center – Madison Madison (605) 256-4531
Teizen Memorial Home Marion (605) 648-3611
Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home Martin (605) 685-6622
Golden Living Center-Millbank Millbank (605) 432-4556
Good Samaritan Society – Miller Miller (605) 853-2701
Avera Brady Health & Rehabilitation Mitchell (605) 995-2000
Golden Living Center – Mobridge Mobridge (605) 845-7201
Box Elder Job Corps USDAFS Nemo (605) 348-3636
Good Samaritan Society – New Underwood New Underwood
Avera Bormann Manor Parkston (605) 928-3311
Philip Health Services Philip (605) 859-2511
Golden Living Center – Pierre Pierre (605) 224-8628
Maryhouse Nursing Home Pierre (605) 224-3100
Platte Care Center Platte (605) 337-3364
Bella Vista Rapid City (605) 343-4738
Black Hills Rapid City (605) 343-4958
Daisy House / Loving Hands Home Care Rapid City (605) 348-6459
Golden Living Training Center Rapid City (605) 343-4738
Meadowbrook Rapid City (605) 348-0285
Prairie Hills Rapid City (605) 343-8577
Western Dakota Tech Rapid City (800) 544-8765
Westhills Village Health Care Rapid City (605) 342-0255
Golden Living Center Redfield (605) 472-2288
Groton Redfield (605) 472-2288
Redfield Redfield (605) 472-2288
Rosholt Nursing Care Center Rosholt (605) 537-4272
Golden Living Center – Salem Salem (605) 425-2203
Good Samaritan Society – Scotland Scotland
Good Samaritan Society – Selby Selby
Avera Prince of Peace Sioux Falls (605) 322-5600
Bethany Lutheran Home Sioux Falls (605) 338-2351
Children’s Care Hospital & School Sioux Falls (605) 782-2300
Dow Rummel Village Sioux Falls (605) 336-1490
Golden Living Center – Covington Heights Sioux Falls (605) 361-8822
Good Samaritan Center Sioux Falls
Good Samaritan Sioux Falls Sites Sioux Falls
Good Samaritan Village Sioux Falls
Luther Manor Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls School District – CTE Academy Sioux Falls (605) 367-7900
Southridge Health Care Center Sioux Falls (605) 338-9891
Sturgis Regional Senior Care Sturgis
Good Samaritan Society – Tripp Tripp (605) 935-6101
Good Samaritan Society – Tyndall Tyndall (605) 589-3350
St. Michael’s Hospital & Nursing Home Tyndall (605) 589-3341
Sanford Vermillion Care Center Vermillion (605) 624-2611
Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home Viborg (605) 326-5161
Good Samaritan Society – Wagner Wagner
Wakonda Heritage Manor Wakonda (605) 267-2081
Golden Living Center-Watertown Watertown (605) 889-8431
Jenkins Living Center Watertown (605) 886-5777
Bethesda Nursing Home Webster (605) 345-3331
Webster Area School District 18-5 Webster (605) 345-3548
Weskota Manor Avera Health Wessington Springs (605) 539-1201
Winner Regional Healthcare Center Winner (605) 842-7100
Prairie View Care Center Woonsocket (605) 356-2622
Avera Education & Staffing Solutions Yankton (605) 668-8475
Avera Sister James Care Center Yankton (605) 665-9429
Avera Yankton Care Center Yankton (605) 665-9429
South Dakota Human Services Center Yankton (605) 773-3165

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