South Dakota Patient Care Technician

In South Dakota, Patient Care Technicians are required to be listed on the South Dakota Nurse Aide Registry. Certain basic criteria must be met first before applying.


Basic requirements for becoming a Nurse Aide in South Dakota.

To become a Nurse Aide, one must do the following:

  • Completing Nurse Aide training and passing both written and skills exams

Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:

  • Strong desire to help people
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Good physical conditioning

You must also obtain national certification as a Patient Care Technician. We highly recommend seeking certification through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Eligibility requirements to take an NHA certification exam:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have completed a training program or have one year work experience in the field
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Note: The current fee for taking the exam is $149. Check with your PCT training program to see if this is included in your tuition and fees.

South Dakota Contact Information:
SD Nurse Aide Registry
SD Board of Nursing
4305 South Louise Avenue, Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115
Phone: 605-362-2760
Fax: 605-362-2768
https://ifmc.sd.gov/lookup.php
http://doh.sd.gov/Boards/Nursing/NurseAid.aspx
http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/
http://www.sdhca.org/CNATesting/tabid/259/Default.aspx


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