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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

Presentation College
1500 North Main Street
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
Riverview Health Services
611 East 2nd Avenue
Flaudreau, South Dakota 57028
Rosholt Care Center
85 1st Avenue East
Rosholt, South Dakota 57260
Sanford Mid-Dakota Care Center
300 South Byron Boulevard
Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325
Sanford Vermillion Care Center
125 Walker Street
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069
Sinte Gleska University
101 Antelope Lake Circle
Mission, South Dakota 57555
South Dakota Human Services Center
3515 Broadway Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
South Dakota Veterans Home
2500 Minnekahta Avenue
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747
Southeastern Technical Institute
2320 N Career Ave.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107
Southridge Health Care Center
3600 South Norton Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105
St. Michael's Hospital & Nursing Home
1600 Holly St.
Tyndall, South Dakota 57066
St. Williams Care Center
100 South 9th Street
Milbank, South Dakota 57252
Sturgis Regional Senior Care
949 Harmon Street
Sturgis, South Dakota 57785
Sun Dial Manor
410 2nd St.
Bristol, South Dakota 57219
Sunquest Healthcare Center
1345 Michigan Ave.
Huron, South Dakota 57350
Tekakwitha Nursing Home
6 E Chestnut St.
Sisseton, South Dakota 57262
Terrace Manor
1400 Thresher Drive
Dell Rapids, South Dakota 57022
Tieszen Memorial Home
312 East State Street
Marion, South Dakota 57043
United Retirement Center
405 1st Avenue
Brookings, South Dakota 57006
Violet Tschetter Nursing Home
50 Seventh St. SE
Huron, South Dakota 57350
Wakonda Heritage Manor
515 Ohio Street
Wakonda, South Dakota 57073
Weskota Manor Avera Health
608 1st Street NE
Wessington Springs, South Dakota 57382
Western Dakota Technical Institute
800 Mickelson Dr.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703
Westhills Village Health Care
255 Texas Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Wheatcrest Hills
1311 Vander Horck
Britton, South Dakota 57430
White Health Care Center
200 South Patrick Avenue
White, South Dakota 57276
White River Health Care Center
515 E 8th St.
White River, South Dakota 57579
Winner Regional Healthcare Center
745 East 8th Street
Winner, South Dakota 57580


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