The truth is that Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training classes have become very popular in South Dakota in the past few years. This may be due to the fact that people are starting to discover that there is a huge market for healthcare professionals.
CNA training classes in South Dakota are offered at different medical facilities (nursing homes, long term care facilities, Red Cross, etc.) and academic institutions (high schools, universities, and community colleges). Aside from that, CNA classes in South Dakota are also offered online. In order to be qualified for certified nursing assistant, CNA training, applicants should be 18 years or older and must be able to submit either a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
- Avera Sister James
- Brookview Manor
- Cactus Hills Retirement Community
- Dorsett Regional Senior Care
- Estelline Nursing and Care Center
- Firesteel Healthcare Center
- Golden Living Center
- Prairie View Care Center
In compliance with the minimum training requirements, which have been mandated by the State of South Dakota, CNA training classes must consist of at least 75 hours of classroom instruction with a 16-hour supervised clinical training. And in accordance to the federal law, students may be eligible for reimbursement of all training costs.
Once CNA training classes have been completed, the student will need to pass the CNA competency evaluation exam that is offered by the Headmaster LLP or by D&S Diversified Technologies. The CNA competency exam is made up of two parts: the written or oral part plus a skills part. The written or oral part of the exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions while the skills part consists of 5 random skills that has to be demonstrated under the supervision of a medical professional. Only upon passing the exam can the student apply for the registration with the South Dakota Nurse Aide Registry. The state of South Dakota allows students to take the exam up to 3 times, in case the student fails to pass. However, if after taking the CNA exam for the third time and the student still has not passed it, he or she will need to take CNA training classes again.
Like in most states, there is also an increasing demand for CNAs in North Dakota. In fact, according to the South Dakota Department of Labor, this demand is expected to increase by up to 18% over the next 10 years. In addition, CNAs in South Dakota earn over $25,000 per year.