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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

Eastern Star Home of South Dakota
126 West 12th Avenue
Redfield, South Dakota 57469
Estelline Nursing & Care Center
205 Fjerestad Ave E
Estelline, South Dakota 57234
Faulkton Area Medical Center
1300 Oak Street
Faulkton, South Dakota 57438
Faulkton Healthcare Center
1401 Pearl Street
Faulkton, South Dakota 57438
Firesteel Healthcare Center
1120 East 7th Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Five Counties Hospital & Nursing Home
406 6th Ave. W
Lemmon, South Dakota 57638
Gettysburg Medical Center
606 E Garfield Avenue
Gettysburg, South Dakota 57442
Golden Living Center
803 Park Street
Lake Norden, South Dakota 57248
Golden Living Center
302 St Cloud St.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Golden Living Center
106 Braddock Street
Armour, South Dakota 57313
Golden Living Center
1103 South 2nd Street
Milbank, South Dakota 57252
Golden Living Center
950 East Park
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Golden Living Center
121 Hospital Drive
Watertown, South Dakota 53098
Golden Living Center
1100 4th Avenue East
Mobridge, South Dakota 57601
Golden Living Center
120 Care Center Road
Arlington, South Dakota 57212
Golden Living Center
916 Mountain View Rd.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Golden Living Center
201 8th Avenue Northwest
Clark, South Dakota 57225
Golden Living Center
1106 North 2nd Street
Groton, South Dakota 57445
Golden Living Center
1620 North 7th Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Golden Living Center
3900 S. Cathy Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106
Golden Living Center
617 Bloemendaal Dr.
Ipswich, South Dakota 57451
Golden Living Center
500 Colonial Drive
Salem, South Dakota 57058
Golden Living Training Center
1301 Omaha St.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Good Samaritan Center
404 East 6th Avenue
Lennox, South Dakota 57039
Good Samaritan Center
700 W Main St.
Canistota, South Dakota 57012
Good Samaritan Center
401 W 2nd St.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
Good Samaritan Society
455 North Dakota
Corsica, South Dakota 57328
Good Samaritan Society
500 Vermillion St.
Centerville, South Dakota 57014
Good Samaritan Society
913 Colonel Pete Street
Clear Lake, South Dakota 57226
Good Samaritan Society
4861 Lincoln Avenue
Selby, South Dakota 57472


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