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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

Aberdeen Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
1700 North Hwy 281
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
Aurora Brule Nursing Home
408 South Johnston Street
White Lake, South Dakota 57383
Avera Bormann Manor
401 West Glynn Drive
Parkston, South Dakota 57366
Avera Brady Health & Rehabilitation
500 South Ohlman Street
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Avera Education & Staffing Solutions
1000 West 4th Street, Suite 9
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Avera Eureka Health Care Center
202 J Avenue
Eureka, South Dakota 57437
Avera Mother Joseph Manor Retirement Community
1002 North Jay Street
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
Avera Prince of Peace
4500 Prince of Peace Place
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103
Avera Rosebud Country Care Center
Avera Rosebud Country Care Center
Gregory, South Dakota 57533
Avera Sister James Care Center
2111 W 11th St.
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Avera Yankton Care Center
1212 West 8th Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care
2200 13th Avenue
Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717
Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home
102 Major Allen Street
Martin, South Dakota 57551
Bethany Lutheran Home
1901 South Holly Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105
Bethel Lutheran Home
1001 South Egan Avenue
Madison, South Dakota 57042
Bethesda Home of Aberdeen
1224 High Street South
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
Bethesda Nursing Home
129 W. Highway 12
Webster, South Dakota 57274
Bethesda of Beresford
606 West Cedar
Beresford, South Dakota 57004
Bowdle Nursing Home
8001 West 5th Street
Bowdle, South Dakota 57428
Box Elder Job Corps USDAFS
22023 Job Corps Place
Nemo, South Dakota 57759
Brookview Manor
300 22nd Avenue
Brookings, South Dakota 57006
Bryant Parkview Care Center
303 W 6th Ave.
Bryant, South Dakota 57221
Cactus Hills Retirement Community
908 H Street
Edgemont, South Dakota 57735
Children's Care Hospital & School
2501 West 26th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105
CTE Academy
201 E. 38th St.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105
Custer Regional Senior Care
1065 Montgomery Street
Custer, South Dakota 57730
Dakota Weslyan University
1200 W. University Ave.
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Diamond Care Center
901 North Main Avenue
Bridgewater, South Dakota 57319
Dorsett Regional Senior Care
1020 10th Street
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
Dow Rummel Village
1321 West Dow Rummel Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104


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