South Dakota State Policy Fact Sheet


American Association of Nurse Practitioners - South Dakota State Policy

Nurse Practice Act: SDCL § 36-9

Regulatory Structure: Full Practice

State practice and licensure laws authorize nurse practitioners (NPs) to evaluate patients, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapeutic measures.
SDCL § 36-9A-12

Regulatory Agency

NP practice is regulated by the Board of Nursing.
SDCL § 36-9A-5

Licensure Requirements

Requirements include an RN license and national certification.
SDCL § 36-9A-4

Continuing Education (CE)*

CE hours are to be completed in accordance with national certification requirements.

Medical Staff Membership**

Medical staff is to be determined by a facility’s governing body.
SDCL § 34-8-8.1

Signature Recognition on Items of Patient Care

  • Physical Therapy: NPs are authorized to refer to physical therapy.
    SDCL § 36-9A-13.1
  • Parking Permits: NPs are not presently authorized to provide proof of disability for disabled parking permits.
    SDCL § 36-9A-12
  • DNR: NPs are authorized to sign Do Not Resuscitate orders.
    SDCL § 34-12F-1
  • Death Certificates: NPs are authorized to sign death certificates.
    SDCL § 36-9A-12

*Contact hours in specific topics may be required. Please contact your state Board of Nursing for current information.
**Medical Staff Membership refers to governing and voting privileges and is not reflective of clinical or admitting privileges within institutions.
DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this fact sheet is offered as information only and not as practice, financial, accounting, legal or other professional advice. Correspondents must contact their own professional advisors for such advice.

Updated December 20, 2018

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