Nurse Aide Registry in South Dakota

Who maintains the CNA registry in South Dakota?

Ashley Kroger
South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 S Louise Ave, Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone: 605.362.3525
Fax: 605.362.2768

Who investigates complaints in your state?

Jana Doherty
South Dakota Department of Health
615 East 4th St
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.3497
Fax: 605.773.6667

In South Dakota, the Department of Health (DOH) is responsible for maintaining the Nurse Aide Registry. The DOH is also responsible for investigating complaints and taking disciplinary action against nurse aides who have violated state regulations.

The SD Board of Nursing (BON) regulates the CNA training program in South Dakota and registered qualified nurse aides. The BON can take disciplinary action against nurse aides, including revoking their license. The South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA) develop and administrate the nurse aides exam in South Dakota.

CNA License Requirements in South Dakota

In order to become a certified nurse assistant (CNA) in the state of South Dakota, you must complete an approved CNA program and then take and pass the competency exam. Programs can be found at various schools and technical colleges across the state. The exam is made up of two parts: a written section and a skills section. Once you have passed both sections, you will be certified as a CNA in South Dakota.

How to Verify CNA License in South Dakota?

The first step in verifying a CNA license in South Dakota is to visit the website for the South Dakota Board of Nursing. Once on the website, there will be a link to the verification page.

On this page, there are three fields that need to be filled out in order to verify a CNA license. The first field asks for the name of the licensee. The second field asks for the license number of the licensee. The third field asks for the date of birth of the licensee.

Once all three fields have been filled out, click on the “Submit” button. This will take you to a confirmation page that will show whether or not the license has been verified.

SD Verification Portal

How to Renew CNA License In South Dakota?

In South Dakota, the CNA license must be renewed every two years. To renew your license, you must have completed 12 hours of paid work and 12 hours of training within the past 2 years. Additionally, you must complete a renewal application and submit it to the Board of Nursing at least 90 days before your license expires. There is no renewal fee, and you can do this online as well as offline.

Renewal RequirementsMinimum 12 hours of paid work and 12 hours of training within last 24 months
Renewal FeeFree
Validation24 Months
Time RequiredTwo to Three Weeks

SD Recertification Online Portal

Reinstatement CNA License in South Dakota

In South Dakota, a nurse aide who allows their certification to lapse must retake and pass the competency exam in order to be reinstated. This is a requirement of the state’s Nurse Aide Registry. A nurse aide who has not worked as a nurse aide in the past two years must also pass a competency evaluation before being placed on the registry.

Reinstatement Instructions

Transferring a Out of State CNA License to South Dakota

In order to transfer a CNA license from another state to South Dakota, the process is relatively simple. The first step is to ensure that the CNA license is active and in good standing with the issuing state. Once this has been confirmed, the CNA simply needs to fill out the endorsement application and send one part to the SD Nurse Aide Registry and another another part to your home state’s registry. Upon receipt of these forms, the SD Department of Health will process the application and issue a new CNA license if all requirements have been met.

Endorsement Online Application

For more information, contact the Board of Nursing.