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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Nursing

Medical Assistants

Registration Required to Practice as a Medical Assistant (MA): 

South Dakota laws relating to registration requirements:

  • South Dakota Codified Laws:  36-9B-3; 36-9B-4; 36-9B-5; 36-9B-6

  • South Dakota Administration Rules:
    20:84:02 Contents of application.
    -  20:84:03 Qualifications of applicants.
    20:84:04 Approval of education programs.
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     20:84:05 Renewal of registration.
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      20:84:03:01 Qualifications of applicants. An applicant for registration shall provide:
              1. Proof of graduation from a medical assistant program approved by the boards;
              2. Proof of good moral character;
             
    3. Proof the applicant has graduated from high school or passed a standard equivalency test;
              4. Documentation showing the applicant is at least 18 years of age; and
             
    5. Proof of having passed a national certifying exam approved by the boards.

APPLICATION Requirements and Questions:
Access the South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners website.


Online Verification of Registration


 

Supervision Required to Practice as a MA:

South Dakota laws relating to supervision requirements:

  • 36-9B-1
  • 20:84:01:01. Definitions. (2)  "Direct supervision," the physician, physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner, or certified nurse midwife are physically present or available by means of electronic communication.
  • 20:84:02:02. Medical assistant supervision. A registered medical assistant shall submit with the application a supervision registration form. The supervision registration form shall be submitted on a form approved by the boards.
     

MA Practice: 

South Dakota law:  
36-9B-2 Duties. A medical assistant under the responsibility and direct supervision of a person licensed to practice medicine in the State of South Dakota may perform the following duties:
          1.
Performing clinical procedures to include:
               a. Performing aseptic procedures
               b. Taking vital signs
               c. Preparing patients for examination
               d. Phlebotomus blood withdrawal and nonintravenous injections
               e. Observing and reporting patients' signs or symptoms
          2. Administering basic first aid
          3. Assisting with patient examinations or treatment
          4.
Operating office medical equipment
          5.
Collecting routine laboratory specimens
          6.
Administering medications by unit dosage
          7.
Performing basic laboratory procedures
          8.
Performing office procedures including all general administrative duties

Joint Board of Nursing position statements relating to practice:

  • Lab Procedures:
    • In December 1994, in response to a request for clarification, a Joint Board committee determined that a) skin testing performed by intradermal technique, and b) skin testing performed by the scratch technique were appropriate for medical assistants to perform.
    • In April 1994, a Joint Board committee determined that a MA may report diagnostic lab findings to patients only after appropriate interpretation by the physician.
    • At the September 15, 1993 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that MA scope of practice does not include arterial withdrawal of blood, but does include venous withdrawal of blood.

       
  • Patient Education:
    • At the April 1994 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that MAs may only provide education information to the patient and may not perform health teaching or counseling.
    • At the September 15, 1993 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that MA scope of practice does not include patient education.

       
  • Procedures:
    • At the April 1994 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that MAs:
      • May only perform suprapubic catheterizations involving an established fistula.
      • May apply ace bandages and splints to extremities; and
      • May not perform irrigations for ostomy/stoma care;
      • May Perform EKGs and glucose testing;

         
  • Telephoning of Prescriptions: At the September 20, 1995 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that MAs are permitted to telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy pursuant to their supervising physician’s written or verbal order.

  • Medication Administration:
    • At the April 8, 2009 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that:Medical Assistants are permitted to administer medications by inhalation route as long as the supervising physician assures appropriate training, competence, and assumes ultimate responsibility for administration of such drugs.
    • At the September 20, 1995 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that: Medical Assistants are permitted to administer medications from either a single or multi dose vial as along as the supervising physician assures appropriate training, competence, and assumes ultimate responsibility for administration of such drugs.
    • At the April 1994 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that MAs:
          a) May not administer medications which require calculation of a dose;
          b) May only distribute pre-printed information to a patient on medications and inhalers.
    • At the September 15, 1993 Joint Board Meeting, it was determined that MAs:
      • May not inject insulin;
      • May administer medications by unit dose, which means medication prepared in the exact amount, in an individual packet, for a specific patient.