Joan Adam, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Correctional Health care

The Correctional Health Program delivers quality, cost-effective health care services to adult offenders in South Dakota's correctional facilities. The program works to meet the basic health care needs of offenders by providing general primary care, acute inpatient hospital care, dental services and optometric care. Its aim is to continually explore new ways of providing basic health care services more efficiently.


Work for us

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Join the field of Correctional Nursing

Correctional health nurses work autonomously to provide health care to an underserved population in a secure environment.

Health Care professionals provide a wide array of services to the inmate population such as:

  • Chronic care maintenance
  • Acute carePhoto of Correctional Health Doctor
  • Emergency response
  • Behavioral health needs
  • Prenatal Care
  • Long term and geriatric care
  • Telehealth

Opportunities in Medical Services:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Medication Aide
  • Nursing Internships
  • Dental

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  • Clinical Coordinators
  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Director of Nursing
  • Program Administrator

Correctional Health position locations:

  • Sioux Falls
  • Springfield
  • Rapid City
  • Yankton
  • Pierre

EMployee Benefits

The State of South Dakota offers one of the most comprehensive benefits packages available!Ask About Incentive Pay!

  • South Dakota Retirement System - Rated top in America!
  • 15 days Vacation Leave
  • 14 days Sick Leave
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Employee health insurance
  • Group rates on family medical coverage, dental, vision, long & short term disability insurance
  • Reduced Tuition at State Universities
  • Longevity Pay
  • Training Opportunities

For a complete listing of benefits visit:

Apply Today

Photo of Correctional Health NurseTo view job listings or to complete a State of South Dakota application form:

  1. Click "All Open Positions" on the right side of the page
  2. Under the search option "Agency" select "Health" and then click "Search"


You may have questions regarding correctional healthcare positions. Visit our job listings or contact the Bureau of Human Resources between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

605.773.3148 | |


National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) LogoAll adult correctional health sites are accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and comply with the commission's health standards for care delivered in the correctional setting. NCCHC conducts re-accreditation surveys every 3 years.  NCCHC is one of the leading accrediting agencies for prisons. 

NCCHC's Board of Directors includes representatives from the American Nurses Association, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Dental Association, American Pharmacists Association. Board members provide input into the correctional health standards utilized by NCCHC. 


Correctional Health Services
South Dakota Department of Health
600 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-2536

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