You can become a certified nursing assistant in South Dakota in a few ways. If you have not prior related education or experience, you will need to attend a nursing assistant training course in South Dakota. You can apply for certification through endorsement if you were a certified nursing assistant in another state. You can also request to waive training if you have equivalent training. This typically applies to nursing students or graduates.
When you are searching for nursing assistant training courses in South Dakota to become a certified nursing assistant, you will need to find one that has been approved by the state. State approved programs can be found throughout South Dakota. A training course will need to be at least 75 hours in length which is the same as federal requirements.
A training class for certified nursing assistants will offer classroom and clinical instruction. You will learn the skills you need to work as a nursing assistant in a variety of healthcare settings. Training courses will prepare you well to pass your necessary exam for certification. When you have completed an entire course, you can then sit for the certification exam.
Application for Endorsement
You can apply for endorsement if you hold a nursing assistant certification in another state and wish to transfer it to South Dakota. An application can be obtained from the nursing assistant registry. They will determine if you meet the requirements to be certified in South Dakota. There are sections of the application that will be completed by you and others by your employer in the previous state. The application will verify that you received the proper training in your former state.
You might also be able to waive training requirements for certified nursing assistants in South Dakota if you are a nursing student who has already completed some nursing fundamentals credits or if you have graduated from a nursing school.
The exact steps involved are as follows:
- Obtain an application for certification through endorsement here: http://doh.sd.gov/Boards/Nursing/documents/FormCNAEndorsement.pdf or by contacting the Nursing Assistant Registry.
- Your nursing assistant certification must still be in good standing and still be active in the other state. If your certification has lapsed, you must first follow the process to renew your certification in that state before attempting to transfer the certification toSouth Dakota.
- It is necessary to have a criminal record that is clear of felonies and any crimes for which you would be excluded from certification as a nursing assistant.
- You will need to complete all required sections of the application for endorsement. Answer all questions truthfully as you will sing the application which will show that all information is accurate.
- There will be portions of the form that must be submitted to and completed by your CNA employer in the state from which you are looking to transfer your certification.
- You will need to provide proof of your immunization record and can be required to have a physical exam.
- Submit all forms, documents and any required fees to the Nursing Assistant Registry at : SD Nurse Aide Registry
SD Board of Nursing
4305 South Louise Avenue, Suite 201
CNA Certification Renewal
Do not forget that once you become certified in the state of South Dakota, you will need to renew the certification every twenty-four months. During that time, you will need to have maintained a positive record as a nursing assistant. You will have had to have worked as a nursing assistant or providing nursing related duties as some point over the past two years. You can renew certification using paper forms. Additionally, you have the option of submitting your certification renewal online.