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South Dakota CNA Classes

South Dakota CNA Training

Presently, many business experts are telling people to think about going back to school if they've been laid off or are having trouble finding work in today's sluggish economy. While it's a great idea for an individual to continue his or her education in order to make their resume more attractive to future employers, it's even more important to make sure there is going to be a market for the skills that they'll be acquiring. South Dakota CNA classes are a very popular option because people have discovered that there is a great demand for health care professionals who can start working right away.

Many people think that doctors and nurses are the only medical professionals that hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities are interested in hiring, but that is not correct. While doctors and nurses are responsible for the tasks of examining, diagnosing and prescribing treatment plans for their patients, they depend on certified nursing assistants to help them carry out these tasks in the most efficient manner. South Dakota CNA classes are an important step that will help a person get the training that he or she needs to land a job in this fast-paced field.

Becoming a CNA in South Dakota

In order to become a CNA in South Dakota, one must first complete an approved training program of a minimum of 75 hours. The 75 hour requirement can be waived for nursing students who have already completed coursework in nursing theory as well as clinical training. RNs and LPNs are exempt from the 75 hours as well as all components of the exam.

After the Training is Complete

Once a training program has been completed or exemption status has been granted, one is eligible to complete the CNA test. The exam consists of two components: a written/oral multiple choice section and a hands-on skill test. A score of at least 75% is necessary for both portions of the test. The following subjects are featured in the multiple choice section of the exam:

  • Safety
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Infection Control
  • Basic Rights
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Personal Care
  • Role/Responsibility
  • Physical and Mental Health/Illness
  • Aging Process

Once certified, an individual must re-register every 2 years through the South Dakota School of Nursing.

Additional Resources:

On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

Other SD Schools with CNA Programs

Good Samaritan Society
913 Colonel Pete Street
Clear Lake, South Dakota 57226
Good Samaritan Society
2304 Laurel Street
Tyndall, South Dakota 57066
Good Samaritan Society
515 W Hwy 46
Wagner, South Dakota 57380
Good Samaritan Society
421 East 4th St.
Miller, South Dakota 57362
Good Samaritan Society
130 6th Street
Scotland, South Dakota 57059
Good Samaritan Society
300 N Dobson St.
Tripp, South Dakota 57376
Good Samaritan Society
300 West Hazel Avenue
Howard, South Dakota 57349
Good Samaritan Society
4800 W. 57th St.
New Underwood, South Dakota 57108
Good Samaritan Village
3901 S Marion Rd.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106
Highmore Healthcare Center
410 8th Street SE
Highmore, South Dakota 57345
Hosmer Senior Citizens Home
307 East Main Street
Hosmer, South Dakota 57448
Hudson Healthcare Center
720 Parkway Ave.
Hudson, South Dakota 57034
Jenkins Living Center
215 South Maple St.
Watertown, South Dakota 57201
Kadoka Nursing Home
103 Maple Street
Kadoka, South Dakota 57543
Lake Andes Health Care Center
740 East Lake Street
Lake Andes, South Dakota 57356
Lake Area Technical Institute
230 11th Street NE
Watertown, South Dakota 57201
Loving Hands Home Care
2620 Holiday Lane
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Lower Brule Community College
111 Little Partisan Ln
Lower Brule, South Dakota 57548
Manor Care Health Services
400 8th Avenue Northwest
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
Maryhouse Nursing Home
717 East Dakota Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Menno-Olivet Care Center
402 S Pine Street
Menno, South Dakota 57045
Morningside Care Center
101 Church Street
Alcester, South Dakota 57001
2911 Industrial Ave.
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
Oakview Terrace
510 East 8th Street
Freeman, South Dakota 57029
Oglala Lakota College
P.O. Box 861
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
Philip Health Services
503 West Pine Street
Philip, South Dakota 57567
Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home
315 North Washington Street
Viborg, South Dakota 57070
Platte Care Center
601 E. 7th Street
Platte, South Dakota 57369
Prairie Estates Care Center
600 South Franklin Street
Elk Point, South Dakota 57025
Prairie View Care Center
401 S 1st Ave.
Woonsocket, South Dakota 57385


South Dakota CNA Resources on

South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115
Phone: (605) 362-2760
Fax: (605) 362-2768

South Dakota Nurses Association