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Medical Assistant Schools & Programs in South Dakota

If you’re interested in learning more about medical assistant programs in South Dakota, there are a variety of different certificates, diplomas and degree programs to choose from.

south dakota projections for medical assistant jobs by 2022 is 16%Medical assistants perform tasks like administering medication to patients under doctor supervision, collecting blood, conducting routine lab tests, answering phones, and recording patients’ vital signs. Before we get into education information for medical assistants in South Dakota, we thought you’d be interested to learn some general education information about the state...

South Dakota General Education Information and Data[vii]

  • There are 19 four-year institutions in South Dakota, compared to the national average of 56
  • There are 6 two-year institutions, compared to the national average of 33
  • The national average for total male fall enrollment is 171,951 and South Dakota has 23,033       
  • The total female fall enrollment in South Dakota is 30,309 while the national average is 228,592

F.A.Q.'s for Medical Assistants in South Dakota

What are the medical assisting job and earning statistics from South Dakota?

  • There are currently 1,070 medical assistants employed in South Dakota.[i]
  • There are 1,270 projected jobs by 2022, which is a 16 % increase and approximately 40 annual job openings.[ii]
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage for medical assistants in South Dakota is $21,250.[i]
  • The hourly mean 10th percentile wage is $10.23.[i]

Where do medical assistants work?

Medical assistants usually work in physician's offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. They perform administrative and clinical tasks that involve working with patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. Did you know South Dakota boasts several hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report? The Sanford USD Medical Center is even ranked nationally in the urology specialty.

Top 2 Regionally Ranked Hospitals in South Dakota:

  1. Sanford USD Medical Center
  2. Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center

What salary information is available for specific metro areas of South Dakota?

The highest (90th%) and lowest (10th%) annual mean salary for medical assistants in each of these metro areas is as follows: [i]

Metro Area

Lowest 10th% Salary

Highest 90th% Salary

Rapid City, SD $20,250 $34,100
Sioux Falls, SD $22,170 $35,530

annual mean 10th percentile wage for health related fields in south dakotaWhat is the annual mean 10th percentile wage for other health related fields in South Dakota?

Medical Billing & Coding: $25,090[iii]

EMT (emergency medical technician): $21,200[iv]

Pharmacy Technician: $22,090[v]

CNA (certified nursing assistant): $17,880[vi]



How do I earn a medical assistant certification in South Dakota?

Even though certification may not be a requirement, did you know that many employers prefer hiring job candidates who are certified? Why not begin pursuing your medical assistant education now? With the choice of attending a South Dakota vocational, two-year, or four-year school, we may be able to help! The National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits five certifications for medical assistants.

Below are a few related fields that do require state licensure:

  • Dental Hygienist:[viii] Requires certification via the South Dakota Board of Dentistry. Visit the South Dakota Board of Dentistry website for more information.
  • Dental Assistant:[ix] Requires certification from the South Dakota Board of Dentistry. For more information, visit the licensing agency’s website.

What medical assisting professional organizations are there in South Dakota?

If you’re planning on earning your medical assistant certificate or diploma in South Dakota, you might think about joining a professional medical assisting organization like the South Dakota Society of Medical Assistants (SDSMA). They have information on their website ( about certification, study guides, volunteering, by-laws, chapters, and more.

If you are considering pursuing your medical assisting education in South Dakota, below is a list of our partner schools that have medical assisting programs. Click on the following schools for more information and keep in mind that we are here to help you jumpstart your future medical assisting career!

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Sponsored Medical Assistant Schools & Programs in South Dakota

Ultimate Medical Academy
A.S. Health Sciences - Medical Administrative Assistant
As a UMA student in this online program, you’ll learn how to keep the healthcare system moving forward. That includes learning how to greet patients and get them checked in, schedule appointments, assist with patient insurance claims, perform medical coding and more.
Medical Assistant Career Diploma
Offered through Penn Foster College, the self-paced Medical Assistant diploma program can help you prepare to take the next steps toward becoming a skilled medical assistant. Geared toward students who don’t want or need to earn an associate’s degree, the course will cover 41 lessons, as well as a 160-hour externship for hands-on experience.
Purdue University Global
Medical Office Administration Certificate
Purdue Global’s online medical office administration program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to pursue entry-level positions in this exciting field. Coursework focuses on areas including insurance processing and fundamental medical office administrative and clerical tasks.
Grantham University
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Admin Assistant
The Medical Administrative Assistant (AAS-MAA) associate program provides a solid foundation in basic medical office functions, teaching you the skills needed for providing administrative support to healthcare professionals. This program can also serve as a step toward a more advanced degree in healthcare. Upon completion of the program, students may sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, an entry-level medical assistance industry certification from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Independence University
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
The Medical Assisting AOS degree program is designed to provide the students the knowledge and clinical skills for gaining entry-level employment in a medical facility in both administrative and clinical areas. Specific training is provided in preparing instruments and materials, vital signs, phlebotomy, medication preparation and administration, clinical documentation and assisting the physician with exams and procedures. Training in computer and administrative skills is also provided as they pertain to electronic health records and medical office procedures. The student will be able to function independently with administrative duties as well as clinical duties and computer functions of the office.