Please note that an application fee only extends an initial license to the next renewal date. Initial licenses do vary in duration. It is the responsibility of all licensees to renew their license before expiration. Failure to renew shall result in automatic forfeiture or suspension of the license by statute. Licenses which have forfeited are not automatically entitled to renew.

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Medical Assistant (MA)

If you receive an application or associated forms from a source other than directly from this office or its official web site, the documents may be outdated or not official versions. Application forms will be rejected if not on the current version.

Scope of Practice

For South Dakota Scope of Practice Determinations Relating to Medical Assistant Practice, see South Dakota Board of Nursing (web site).  Be sure to scroll down the page for the scope of practice information.


Initial Application Process

Please note that an initial registration will vary in duration dependent upon its issuance date. This initial registration will expire on December 31 of an odd numbered year. It is the responsibility of all licensees to renew their registration before December 31 of the odd numbered year. Failure to renew by December 31 of every odd numbered year shall result in automatic lapse of the registration by statute. Registrations which have lapsed are not automatically entitled to renew.

To begin the application process please complete and submit the Non-Physician Online Account Request form. Your will be emailed your username and password after the form is processed in the order it was received. Your username and password will be needed to login and complete the online application. You can start and stop the application at your convenience and your information will be saved. Once the application is submitted an initial review is completed and a "To Do List" of the required items for your application file is created. The "To Do List" is viewable online and updated as items arrive so your application status can be viewed at all times.


Supervision (Required at all times)
  • Supervision by MD/DO, PA, CNP or CNM is required at all times under SDCL 36-9B


National Certification Examination

The following National Certification Organizations are acceptable for South Dakota Medical Assistant Registration as required by Administrative Rule 20:84:03:01:


Renewal Process

Please see the renewal schedule on the home page to determine if the renewal is available. Renewal applications will be open and available 90 days prior to the expiration date.


Reinstatement Process

Send explanation of why your registration was allowed to forfeit and if you worked with the expired license to the Board office. An email is fine as long as you include complete contact information. Once your statement is evaluated, you will receive written instructions as to whether your previous license can be reinstated and instructions on how to begin the process.

Supervision (Required at all times)