Medication Aide Registration
Registration implies only that an unlicensed individual has met the minimal training and testing requirements necessary to accept tasks delegated 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.
Registration Questions: Winora Robles
Training Questions: Stephanie Orth
Application Process / Application for Initial Medication Aide Registration
As of May 1, 2015, individuals who have taken a Board of Nursing approved 20-hour training course are eligible* and must complete and submit an Application for Initial Medication Aide Registration to be placed onto the South Dakota Medication Aide Registry. If the appropriately completed application is received by December 31, 2015, the currently practicing Medication Aide applicant will not be required to take the Medication Aide Examination in order to qualify for registration.
*Individuals who have taken medication aide training through the Division of Developmental Disabilities/Human Services are not eligible to be placed onto the medication aide registry. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie.Orth@state.sd.us
Notification of registration approval will not be mailed out. Allow 5-7 business for processing, then you may verify your Medication Aide Registry status.
Print Medication Aide Registration Card - South Dakota Board of Nursing does not print or mail out Medication Aide Registration cards.
Medication Aide Renewal
Medication Aide Registration will remain active for two years following the date of intial issue. Please keep your contact information updated as a courtesy renewal notice will be sent to you 90 days prior to your expiration date. The renewal application process will be posted here in 2017.
Name / Contact Information Changes
Medication Administration Training Programs for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel
Questions? Please contact Stephanie Orth, Nursing Program Specialist
Board-Approved Medication Administration Programs: A list of Programs with current approval status
Approved Program Offering Enrollment: R. A. A. Certification Services
Medication Assistant Training Program Approval Process
Gauwitz Textbook – Administering Medication
Mosby’s Textbook for Medication Assistants
Nebraska Health Care Association (2010) (NHCA)
We Care Online
2011 South Dakota Community Mental Health Facilities
2. Complete Forms
Send completed forms to:
South Dakota Board of Nursing
Spearfish SD 57783
South Dakota Board of Nursing will notify applicant of Approval or Denial and reason for denial.
3. All programs are required to use the following:
Optional Teaching Materials
Nursing Scope of Practice