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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.

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South Dakota CNA Certification

South Dakota CNA Certification Requirements

To get your CNA certificate in South Dakota, you first need to complete the required course work and/ or training program. You will need to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. Applicants must then submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check coming back in good standing. As prescribed by federal law, the typical South Dakota CNA certificate program lasts approximately 8 to 13 weeks to gain 75 accredited hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin training. After passing the Certified Nurse Assistant exam, you must be placed on the South Dakota Nurse Aide Registry.

Required Hours for South Dakota CNA Certification

In South Dakota, you are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation before challenging the state CNA licensing exam. The nurse aide classes typically last 2-6 months. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin the training program.

South Dakota CNA Certification Prerequisites

In South Dakota, CNA prerequisites include a current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size). A negative TB test within the past 6 months and proof of immunizations will be required. You will also be required to show a high school diploma or GED.

South Dakota CNA Licensing Resources

Aberdeen Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center

  • 1700 North Hwy 281
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    Programs: CNA

Avera Mother Joseph Manor Retirement Community

  • 1002 North Jay Street
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    Programs: CNA

Bethesda Home of Aberdeen

  • 1224 High Street South
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    Programs: CNA

Manor Care Health Services

  • 400 8th Avenue Northwest
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    Programs: CNA

NEW TEC, Inc

  • 2911 Industrial Ave.
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    Programs: CNA

Presentation College

Morningside Care Center

  • 101 Church Street
    Alcester, SD 57001
    Programs: CNA

Golden Living Center

  • 120 Care Center Road
    Arlington, SD 57212
    Programs: CNA

Golden Living Center

  • 106 Braddock Street
    Armour, SD 57313
    Programs: CNA

Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care

Bethesda of Beresford

  • 606 West Cedar
    Beresford, SD 57004
    Programs: CNA

Bowdle Nursing Home

  • 8001 West 5th Street
    Bowdle, SD 57428
    Programs: CNA

Diamond Care Center

  • 901 North Main Avenue
    Bridgewater, SD 57319
    Programs: CNA

Sun Dial Manor

  • 410 2nd St.
    Bristol, SD 57219
    Programs: CNA

Wheatcrest Hills

  • 1311 Vander Horck
    Britton, SD 57430
    Programs: CNA

Brookview Manor

  • 300 22nd Avenue
    Brookings, SD 57006
    Programs: CNA

United Retirement Center

  • 405 1st Avenue
    Brookings, SD 57006
    Programs: CNA

Bryant Parkview Care Center

  • 303 W 6th Ave.
    Bryant, SD 57221
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Center

  • 700 W Main St.
    Canistota, SD 57012
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Society

  • 1022 North Dakota Avenue
    Canton, SD 57013
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Society

  • 500 Vermillion St.
    Centerville, SD 57014
    Programs: CNA

Sanford Mid-Dakota Care Center

  • 300 South Byron Boulevard
    Chamberlain, SD 57325
    Programs: CNA

Golden Living Center

  • 201 8th Avenue Northwest
    Clark, SD 57225
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Society

  • 913 Colonel Pete Street
    Clear Lake, SD 57226
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Society

  • 455 North Dakota
    Corsica, SD 57328
    Programs: CNA

Custer Regional Senior Care

  • 1065 Montgomery Street
    Custer, SD 57730
    Programs: CNA

Terrace Manor

  • 1400 Thresher Drive
    Dell Rapids, SD 57022
    Programs: CNA

Cactus Hills Retirement Community

  • 908 H Street
    Edgemont, SD 57735
    Programs: CNA

Prairie Estates Care Center

  • 600 South Franklin Street
    Elk Point, SD 57025
    Programs: CNA

Estelline Nursing & Care Center

  • 205 Fjerestad Ave E
    Estelline, SD 57234
    Programs: CNA

Avera Eureka Health Care Center

  • 202 J Avenue
    Eureka, SD 57437
    Programs: CNA

Faulkton Area Medical Center

  • 1300 Oak Street
    Faulkton, SD 57438
    Programs: CNA

Faulkton Healthcare Center

  • 1401 Pearl Street
    Faulkton, SD 57438
    Programs: CNA

Riverview Health Services

  • 611 East 2nd Avenue
    Flaudreau, SD 57028
    Programs: CNA

Oakview Terrace

  • 510 East 8th Street
    Freeman, SD 57029
    Programs: CNA

Gettysburg Medical Center

  • 606 E Garfield Avenue
    Gettysburg, SD 57442
    Programs: CNA

Avera Rosebud Country Care Center

  • Avera Rosebud Country Care Center
    Gregory, SD 57533
    Programs: CNA

Golden Living Center

  • 1106 North 2nd Street
    Groton, SD 57445
    Programs: CNA

Highmore Healthcare Center

  • 410 8th Street SE
    Highmore, SD 57345
    Programs: CNA

Hosmer Senior Citizens Home

  • 307 East Main Street
    Hosmer, SD 57448
    Programs: CNA

South Dakota Veterans Home

  • 2500 Minnekahta Avenue
    Hot Springs, SD 57747
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Society

  • 300 West Hazel Avenue
    Howard, SD 57349
    Programs: CNA

Hudson Healthcare Center

  • 720 Parkway Ave.
    Hudson, SD 57034
    Programs: CNA

Sunquest Healthcare Center

  • 1345 Michigan Ave.
    Huron, SD 57350
    Programs: CNA

Violet Tschetter Nursing Home

  • 50 Seventh St. SE
    Huron, SD 57350
    Programs: CNA

Golden Living Center

  • 617 Bloemendaal Dr.
    Ipswich, SD 57451
    Programs: CNA

Kadoka Nursing Home

  • 103 Maple Street
    Kadoka, SD 57543
    Programs: CNA

Lake Andes Health Care Center

  • 740 East Lake Street
    Lake Andes, SD 57356
    Programs: CNA

Golden Living Center

Five Counties Hospital & Nursing Home

  • 406 6th Ave. W
    Lemmon, SD 57638
    Programs: CNA

Good Samaritan Center

  • 404 East 6th Avenue
    Lennox, SD 57039
    Programs: CNA
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