Free CNA Training Classes In South Dakota

The demand for certified nursing assistants continues to grow across the United States and this trend holds true in South Dakota as well. If you’re seeking a career opportunity as a CNA, you might be interested to know that free classes are available to help you achieve your certification in South Dakota. The listings below include programs offering free CNA training in South Dakota.



CNA Free Training LocationCityPhone
Belle Fourche Health Care Center
Belle Fourche, SD 57717(605) 723-8970
Diamond Care Center
Bridgewater, SD 57319(605) 729-2525
Brookview Manor
Brookings, SD 57006(605) 696-9000
Faulkton Healthcare Center
Faulkton, SD 57438(605)598-6262
Riverview Health Services Inc.
Flandreau, SD(605) 997-2481
Riverview Manor
Flandreau, SD 57028(605) 997-2481
Bethel Lutheran Home
Madison, SD 57042(605) 256-4539
Bethel Lutheran Home
Madison, SD 57042(605) 256-4539
Bennett County Hospital & Nursing Home
Martin, SD 57551(605)-685-6622
Boxelder Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
Nemo, SD 57759-0110(605) 348-3636
Avera Prince of Peace Ret Community
Sioux Falls, SD 57103(605) 322-5600
Southridge Healthcare
Sioux Falls, SD 57105(605) 338-9891
Bethany Lutheran Home
Sioux Falls, SD 57105(605) 338-2351
Bethany Home Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 338-2351
Northern Hills Program Center

Spearfish, SD 57783(605) 642-2785
Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services
Viborg, SD 57070(605) 326-5161
Jenkins Living Center
Watertown, SD 57201(605) 886-5777
Winner Regional Healthcare Center
Winner, SD 57580(605) 842-7100


Who is the Regulatory Body for CNAs in South Dakota?

The regulatory body for nursing assistants in the state of South Dakota is the Board of Nursing.

Who Administers the CNA Exam in South Dakota?

In South Dakota, the CNA exam is managed by D & S Diversified Technologies/Headmaster LLP. Our CNA practice tests are a free way to help you prepare for the CNA multiple choice exam. We have many other practice tests available – find them all below:

South Dakota State Requirements for CNAs

New candidates for CNA in South Dakota must undergo a minimum of 75 hours of training at a state-approved program.  A part of these 75 hours is 16 hours of clinical instruction. State approved training programs are available around the state.  For those candidates that have special circumstances, there are specific criteria for:

Lapsed CNA status: Those that have previously been granted listing in the CNA registry but had their active registry status lapse may re-apply for listing on the registry.  Two requirements must be in place for this: A minimum of 12 hours of training per year, and a minimum of 12 hours of employment as a nurse aide for monetary compensation during the preceding 24 months.

CNA Waiver of Training/ Equivalency of Training: Those candidates who have completed fundamentals in nursing courses (grade C or better) at an approved South Dakota nursing education program may apply for a waiver to take the CNA exam without taking the minimum 75 hours of state-approved training.

Interstate approval: Those candidates who are certified in another state may apply for the CNA registry if they apply and complete the CNA Interstate Endorsement Application.

South Dakota CNA Exam Details

The South Dakota Nursing Assistant Test is administered by D & S Diversified Technologies/Headmaster LLP.  The test is consists of two sections – written and skills.  The knowledge/oral section of the exam is 75 questions. Candidates will have 90 minutes to complete this knowledge section.  The second section is the Skills Test.  Candidates have 30 minutes to complete 3 to 4 skills, depending on the skills tested. Details on the exam are available here.

How Much Does the South Dakota CNA Exam Cost?

The cost of the CNA exam in South Dakota is $101

Where Can I Take the CNA Exam in South Dakota?

CNA tests in South Dakota are offered at a variety of testing locations around the state. A full list is located here: https://www.sdhca.org/files/1615/2779/1331/Online_Testing_Facilitieswebpage.DOC

How Much Does a CNA Get Paid in South Dakota?

The average CNA salary in South Dakota is $28,120.

South Dakota Nurse Aide Registry

Need to contact the South Dakota Nurse Aide Registry or check on the status of a CNA? Click on the link below to check a CNA’s records in the registry, or contact the state office by phone or mail using the information provided.

South Dakota Nurse Aide Registry
Board of Nursing
4305 S. Louise Ave., Ste. 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3124
Phone: (605) 362-2760
Fax: (605) 362-2768

Additional CNA Training In South Dakota

If the free CNA classes aren’t an option for you, there are a number of schools and companies that provide tuition-based CNA training in South Dakota and a number of them are listed below. There is an additional list of CNA classes here

Training LocationCityPhone
Presentation College
Aberdeen, SD 57401(800) 437-6060 
Bethesda Senior Living
Aberdeen, SD 57401(605) 225-7580
Manor Care Health Services 
Aberdeen, SD 57401(605) 225-2550
Bethesda of Beresford
Beresford, SD 57004(605) 763-2050
Sundial Manor
Bristol, SD 57219(605) 492-3615
United Living Community
Brookings, SD 57006(605) 692-5351
Brookings Health System
Brookings, SD 57006(605) 696-9000
Faulkton Area Medical Center
Faulkton, SD 57438(605) 598-6262
Riverview Health Care Services
Flandreau, SD 57028(605) 997-2481
Highmore Health Care Center
Highmore, SD 57345(605) 852-2255
Sinte Gleska University
Mission, SD 57555(605) 856-8100
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital
Mitchell, SD 57301(605) 995-2000
Dakota Wesleyan University
Mitchell, SD 57301(800) 333-8506
Boxelder Job Corps Center
Nemo, SD 57759-0110(605) 348-3636
Philip Health Services
Philip, SD 57567(605) 859-2511
South Dakota Department of Social Services
Pierre, SD 57501(605) 773-3165
Oglala Lakota College
Piya Wiconi, SD 57752(605) 455-6000
Westhills Village
Rapid City, SD 57701(605) 342-0255
Regional Health
Rapid City, SD 57701(605) 719-1000
Western Dakota Tech
Rapid City, SD 57703(605) 394-4034
Dow Rummel Village
Sioux Falls, SD 57104(605) 336-1490
Southridge Healthcare
Sioux Falls, SD 57105(605) 338-9891
Bethany Home
Sioux Falls, SD 57105(605) 338-2351
Children’s Care Hospital & School
Sioux Falls, SD 57105(605) 444-9500
Sioux Falls School District
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-5898(605) 367-7900
Southeast Technical Institute
Sioux Falls, SD 57107(800) 247-0789
Good Samaritan Society
Sioux Falls, SD 57108(866) 382-1406 
Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services
Viborg, SD 57070(605) 326-5161
Lake Area Technical Institute
Watertown, SD 57201(800) 657-4344
Webster Area School District
Webster, SD 57274(605) 345-3548
Bethesda Nursing Home
Webster, SD 57274(605) 345-3331
Winner Regional Healthcare Center
Winner, SD 57580(605) 842-7100
Winner Regional Health Care Center
Winner, SD 57580(605) 842-7100