Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
A registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) may delegate selected nursing tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAPs). CNAs are UAPs who have completed specific required training and testing and are listed on the South Dakota Board of Nursing Certified Nurse Aide Registry.
Federal law (OBRA 87) mandates that nurse aides working in long-term care facilities (nursing homes) be registered pursuant to ARSD 44:74:02:02. Employment of qualified nurse aides required. To be eligible to be placed on the SD Nurse Aide Registry, an applicant must complete specific training requirements that total no less than 75 hours and pass written and skills competency exams. Once registered, they must work a minimum of 12 hours in 24 months for monetary compensation, and complete 12 hours of annual in-service training on specific topics in order to be eligible for registry renewal every two years.
Registry status implies only that an unlicensed individual has met the minimal training and testing requirements necessary to accept delegated tasks by a licensed nurse while under a nurse's supervision. Registry status does not imply that an individual has met moral, ethical, or legal standards. The registry should not take the place of an employer's hiring screening process or background check.
Registry Questions: Email
CNA RENEWAL for those ALREADY REGISTERED:
- CNA Online Renewal
- You may renew your CNA registration online as early as 90 days prior to expiration. If your registration has lapsed, you must submit a Renewal Application.
- You must be able to demonstrate that you have worked as a CNA during the previous two years to renew registration online.
- A card will not be mailed to you; you may print and/or save your card when you have completed the renewal process.
CNA TESTING QUESTIONS and CNA Candidate Handbook - Contact South Dakota Health Care Association
CNA WAIVER OF TRAINING / EQUIVALENCY OF TRAINING
- Nursing Student
A nursing student who has successfully completed fundamentals in nursing courses (grade C or better) at an approved South Dakota nursing education program may apply for a waiver and submit copies of transcripts. The applicant must pass the CNA written and skills competency evaluations before being registered as a CNA. Nursing school courses are not applicable for renewal of CNA registration.
CNA VERIFICATION / CARD
LAPSED NURSE AIDES
- An individual whose CNA registration has lapsed and who can show verification of employment performing nursing or nursing-related services for monetary compensation within the previous two years should contact the Nursing Program Specialist at the South Dakota Board of Nursing for a case-by-case determination as to whether registration can be reinstated.
- The individual must also show proof of completing 24 hours of required in-service topics. For questions about in-service requirements, contact email@example.com
- An individual whose CNA registration has lapsed and who has not performed any nursing or nursing-related services for monetary compensation within the previous two years, and/or has not completed the required in-service training must complete a competency evaluation program to reinstate CNA registration. The individual would need to enroll in an approved nurse aide training program; the instructor would evaluate competencies and skills to determine if / how much retraining is needed. The instructor is responsible to make the student eligible to test for the Written and Skills examinations.
CNA CHANGE IN CONTACT INFORMATION
CNA NAME CHANGE
CNA TRAINING PROGRAMS
Questions: Stephanie Orth
Current Programs: South Dakota Board of Nursing Approved Training Programs
CNA Training Program Approved Curricula:
- American Health Care Association - How to be a Nurse Assistant
- Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care - Long Term Care and Home Care, 3rd Edition
- Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care - The Basics, 4th Edition
- Medcom, Inc - The New Nursing Assistant, 8th Edition
- Mosby's Essentials for Nursing Assistants
- Nebraska Health Care Association
Approved Online Didactic Instruction: