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South Dakota Nurse Practitioner Certification

South Dakota NPs are known as advanced practitioner nurses (APNs). APNs are RNs who have obtained additional education in an area of specialization and have earned nurse practitioner certification in their field. Other types of APNs include CNS, certified nurse–midwives, and CRNAs. The South Dakota Board of Nursing regulates South Dakota NPs.

In South Dakota, which is largely rural, many NPs act as primary care providers. In addition to normal RN duties, the South Dakota NP may provide advanced assessment of patients, medical intervention, and case management; counsel patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team regarding advanced health promotion and maintenance; and use research findings to evaluate and establish changes in nursing practice, programs, and policies. The NP must also be able to recognize the limits of their knowledge and experience, plan for situations beyond their expertise, and consult with or refer patients to other healthcare providers as appropriate.

If you would like to become a South Dakota NP, you must hold a current, valid, unencumbered RN license or temporary permit to practice in South Carolina or in one of the compact states. You must also obtain a graduate nursing degree or post-graduate certificate that prepares you for an advanced nursing specialty role. Schools in South Dakota that offer accredited advanced nursing degrees include Mount Marty College and South Dakota State University.

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If you do not live near a school that offers advanced nursing degrees, you may elect to graduate from a distance-learning program and earn your degree online. Approved online programs are equivalent to campus-based programs. For the required clinical component, distance-learning faculty arrange clinical sites at areas convenient to students. An online education offers students the flexibility needed to continue to work and fulfill other personal obligations. Some nationally accredited online schools include Graceland University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, and University of Cincinnati. Contact the South Dakota Board of Nursing to find out whether the distance-learning program is approved by the state.

Besides earning an advanced degree, you must provide primary source verification that you successfully passed a standardized qualifying certification examination specific to your area of practice. Optionally, you may provide evidence of current certification in a specialty area. Certification must be provided by a Board-approved national certification organization. Board-approved certification organizations include: AANP, ANCC, NCC for Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, or PNCB. If your certifying agency is not listed here, you may contact the South Dakota Board of Nursing office to determine whether it might be accepted for licensure.

On average, NPs in South Dakota earn $88,000 per year. Salary rates vary depending on many factors, including experience, education, specialization, location, and facility.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014