CNA Classes in Sioux Falls, SD

Nursing assistant jobs are expected to experience an exponential growth within the next decades. A work experience as a CNA can also be a solid background for the pursuance of a nursing degree. But aside from the career opportunity, nursing assistants should have the willingness to help and serve others, especially the elderly. CNAs need to have thorough training not only in the physical aspect of patient care but also in addressing the emotional needs of patients. CNAs have an important role in shortening the patient’s recovery time and maintaining their health. CNAs have more direct contact with the patients and can easily communicate the patient’s needs to the healthcare team.

With this in mind, nursing assistant programs should not only prepare students for an entry-level position in different healthcare settings but also prepare them for the physical, emotional and mental demands of the job.

Avera Health

Avera is an integrated health system providing the same high-quality health services found in major medical centers. Avera providers are available in more than 330 locations and in 100 communities.

Aside from clinical care and service, Avera also offers education and staffing solutions for healthcare professionals and individuals who want to enter the healthcare field. Their Certified Nursing Assistant Online Training Solutions 3.0 is a hybrid program designed to prepare individuals for employment as a nursing assistant and for the South Dakota state certification exam.

The online course is self-paced and is divided into three units for a total of 75 hours’ worth of training. The first unit is focused on the required 16 hours of theoretical instruction and development of communication and interpersonal skills. Upon completion of Unit 1, students will be qualified to be in contact with patients. Unit 2 focuses on clinical skills. The clinical instruction will be for 16 hours under a healthcare facility’s RN instructor or Avera’s primary instructor. Unit 3 focuses on soft skills training that are important in improving resident satisfaction and in the integration to a healthcare team. Skills laboratory is for 8 hours and delivered through instructor demonstration and student return demonstration.

The course requires books including the South Dakota CNA Candidate Handbook, a computer with internet connection, and Adobe Acrobat Reader version 9 or later.

Contact the Primary Instructor at Avera Education & Staffing Solutions by phone (605-668-8475) or email them with the subject of “CNA Training Programs”

Career and Technical Education Academy (CTE Academy)

CTE Academy is operated by the Sioux Falls School District. The academy provides advanced career training opportunities for students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade. Students interested in attending these training programs should take introductory courses starting the 9th grade. These introductory courses are available in regular high schools in the school district. Students need not transfer from the high school they are attending. The students need to just attend a 2-hour block class at the CTE Academy during school days.

Completion of Health Careers I and Health Careers II with a minimum grade of a “B” qualifies a student to take the South Dakota State CNA examination. Health Careers I is offered to 11th and 12th-grade students for an entire semester. The course is an introduction to different careers in healthcare. Students are given instruction and demonstrations in basic patient care, professionalism, teamwork, and critical thinking. Specific topics include anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, and vocabulary. There will be field trips and guest speakers will visit to better acquaint the students with different healthcare settings.

Health Careers II is also offered to 11th and 12th graders for one semester. There would be first aid and CPR certification classes. Topics covered include medical math, human growth, and development, surgical instruments, safety, dental, and pharmacology. There will be a 10-week internship where students utilize their prior knowledge of medical terminology using journaling and case studies.

Contact the CTE Academy by phone (605-367-5504) or email their Program Coordinator, Sarah Stokke at

Southeast Technical Institute

Southeast Tech was ranked as the 13th best community college and 21st best value community college in 2016. With over 50 career-building programs, Southeast Tech is the best higher education option close to home.

Among the offerings in the Certifications & Professional Education Department is the Certified Nurse’s Assistant training. The program’s focuses on both the hard skills necessary to become a CNA and the soft skills necessary to address the emotional and interpersonal needs of patients in a long-term care setting. The program is delivered through 60 hours’ worth of classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory instruction. There is also a 16-hour clinical externship that will be facilitated by long-term care facilities around the Sioux Falls area.

The minimum age required age for admission is 16 years old. Students are required to take drug screens and background checks to meet the contractual requirement of healthcare facilities where externship can be held. The Non-DOT 5 panel drug test and background checks are self-pay and can be done with any of the testing facilities in the area. The background check is done with Verified Credentials, Inc. through their “QualifiedFirst” system.

The one-semester program costs around $710.

Contact the Southeast Tech by phone (605-367-7624) or visit their website for more information.

Other facilities that may occasionally offer CNA classes:

Sanford Health

1305 W. 18th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Tel.: 605-333-1000

Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

4800 W. 57th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Tel: 605-361-3311

Interim Healthcare

3608 S. Southern Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Tel.: 605-371-4253

Bethany Home Sioux Falls (Paid on-the-job training)

1901 S. Holly St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Tel.: 605-338-2351


2501 W. 26th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Tel.: 605-444-9974

Primrose Retirement Communities

7400 South Louise Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57108-5912

Tel.: 605-789-5180

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