You are well on your way to a career where you can make the difference in the lives of people who are ill or elderly if you have decided to become a certified nursing assistant. It will be necessary for you to complete a training school for CNAs that has been approved by the state. Additionally, there is a certification exam that you will need to pass. Here are a few free training opportunities:
In South Dakota you can become a nursing assistant by training at medical facilities and at some community colleges. You can also receive training through the American Red Cross in South Dakota. If you attend Red Cross training, you might be eligible for grants and scholarships through local organizations in your area.
Medical facilities often offer free CNA training for individuals who are hired to work for the facility. If you are willing to work for a particular facility for an agreed upon amount of time, this is a good way to receive your training. It is also a good option because you know you will have employment after you receive your CNA certification.
You might be able to receive payment for your CNA training if you are currently unemployed especially if you were laid off of work from an employer that closed their business or had to cut down on employees. Talk to an unemployment officer about ways to access free training for a new career. Similar options might be available to you if you are receiving welfare benefits and are looking to become self sufficient.
Low Cost Training
Lake Area Tech
Based in Watertown, they provide one of the most affordable classes in South Dakota. They only provide the theory part of the classes while the clinicals is usually provided by Jenkins living Center(You will need to be referred there after completing the theory course). The course is provided online and lasts for 40 hours. The cost is just $352. This does not include textbook and testing fees which are to be purchased/paid separately. Their address and contact details are as follows:
11th Street NE – 230
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 1-800-657-4344 ext. 373
Places That May be Able To Help
Northern Hills Training Center
625 Harvard Street. Spearfish, SD – 57783-1897
This organization helps to provide individuals with disabilities with the tools they need to be as independent as possible. There are apartment settings and group homes in addition to living settings allowing a higher level of independence. Individuals being served will receive help to further develop their living skills. In many cases, employment and career training opportunities are also available.
Nursing Related Scholarships/Grants in South Dakota
Lake Area Technical Institute – Colleen and Glenn Edland Memorial Scholarship
The Colleen and Glenn Edland Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students in the nursing program at Lake Area Technical Institute. The amount awarded is $500. In order to qualify, the applicant must submit a completed application, a copy of high school transcripts and/or post secondary transcripts, and an essay on the topic specified. All documents must be received by April 1st in order to be considered for the scholarship.
Mount Marty Scholarship – F.W. Hatterscheidt Educational Scholarship
The F.W. Hatterscheidt Educational Scholarship is an external scholarship offered at Mount Marty College. The amount awarded is $500. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must:
- Be a resident of South Dakota
- Be a college freshman
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
The completed application along with all requested documents must be submitted by April 4th.
South Dakota LP Nursing Association (SDLPNA) Scholarships
The South Dakota LP Nursing Association awards two scholarships to students in a nursing program. The amount awarded is $500. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be enrolled in a practical nursing program
- Be a student member of SDLPNA or willing to become one
- Demonstrate financial need
- Agree to sit for the State Board Examination for LPN’s upon successful completion of the program
- Work as an LPN for two years
- List future plans and goals
- Submit three letters of reference
Submit completed application and all documents by the deadline date.
Nursing homes where you could try to get free CNA training in South Dakota
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility.
Avera Prince Of Peace Ret Comm – 4500 Prince Of Peace Place Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103
Avera Rosebud Country Care Ctr – “300 Park Street, Po Box 408” Gregory, South Dakota 57533
Avera Sr James Care Center And – 2111 West 11th Street Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Belle Fourche Health Care Ctr – 2200 13th Ave Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717
Bennett County Healthcare Ctr – “102 Major Allen, Po Box 70-D” Martin, South Dakota 57551
Bethany Lutheran Home – 1901 South Holly Avenue Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105
Bethel Lutheran Home – 1001 S Egan Ave Madison, South Dakota 57042
Bowdle Nursing Home – “8001 W 5th Street, Po Box 308” Bowdle, South Dakota 57428
Brookview Manor – 300 22nd Ave Brookings, South Dakota 57006
Bryant Parkview Care Center – W Hwy 28 Po Box 247 Bryant, South Dakota 57221
Canistota Good Samaritan – 700 West Main St Canistota, South Dakota 57012
Canton Good Samaritan Center – 1022 North Dakota Avenue Canton, South Dakota 57013
Diamond Care Center – 901 N Main St Po Box 300 Bridgewater, South Dakota 57319
Eastern Star Home Of Sd – 126 W 12th Avenue Redfield, South Dakota 57469
Estelline Nursing & Care Ctr – 205 Fjerestad Po Box 130 Estelline, South Dakota 57234
Faulkton Healthcare Center – 1401 Pearl St Faulkton, South Dakota 57438
Prairie View Care Center – 401 South First Avenue Po Box 68 Woonsocket, South Dakota 57385
Riverview Manor – 611 East 2nd Ave Flandreau, South Dakota 57028
Rosholt Care Center – “85 1st Avenue East, Po Box 108” Rosholt, South Dakota 57260
Scotland Good Samaritan Center – 130 6th Street Scotland, South Dakota 57059
Sd Human Svcs Ctr – Geriatric – 3515 Broadway Ave Po Box 76 Yankton, South Dakota 57078