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Becoming a Midwife in South Dakota – SD

The South Dakota Board of Nursing has set forth regulations for practicing nurse-midwives to follow, namely that all nurse-midwives must be registered nurses before they can begin working as nurse-midwives. In essence, this is just one step on the path to becoming a midwife in South Dakota.


In order to obtain registered nurse status, you must finish your education up to the point of achieving a bachelor’s degree. Once you have done that, you can then test with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The examination that you will take is known as the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). This effectively allows for entry into a midwifery degree program in South Dakota.

The next step is certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). There is a $750 fee assessed for the completion of this examination. However, after passing it, you will be recognized as a Certified Nurse Midwife, and then you can proceed with licensure through the South Dakota Board of Nursing. This certification must be renewed every 5 years.

By taking these steps, you are considered eligible for licensure through the South Dakota Board of Nursing. The application fee for licensure is $100. Because South Dakota is a compact RN state, CNMs are required to renew both their RN and nurse-midwife licensure at the same time.


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