South Dakota Laser Technician School, Certification and Salary

Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in South Dakota but not sure where to begin? Take a moment and read our summary of what education you need, any certifications required, job opportunities and salary expectations.

Based on the US Labor Bureau, the state of South Dakota estimates job market growth for physician assistants of over 16.5% through 2024. This is greater than the national average of 13% which makes South Dakota a great location start a Laser Technician career.

The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the South Dakota Joint Board of Nursing and Medical and Osteopathic Examiners. These rules can be found by visiting their website here.

Education Required

The South Dakota Joint Board of Nursing and Medical and Osteopathic Examiners ruled in 2011 that only physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants may be trained to use lasers in cosmetic and medical procedures.

SDCL 36-4-8.2 supports this ruling by statute.

The board also created the Laser Utilization by Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants protocol which addresses the education and training requirements for delegates.

In addition to completion of a bachelors degree, nurse practitioners and physician assistants must then attend a graduate program.

To perform laser treatments as a NP or PA, delegates must also meet these requirements:

  1. Have an approved collaborative or supervisory agreement on file with the Board of Medicine and Osteopathic Examiners and/or the Board of Nursing.


Documentation available upon request supporting:

  1. Completion of initial training conducted by a qualified practitioner/trainer skilled in the use of lasers.
  2. Demonstration of competency through the performance of the laser procedures under the direct observation of the practitioner/trainer for each laser type.
  3. 4. Demonstration of continued competence through continuing education and ongoing performance of the laser procedures.


South Dakota Laser Technician Certification(s)

In order to perform laser procedures in the state of South Dakota requires, at a minimum, a nurse practitioner or physician license. Both licenses require the above core education, as well as completion of the PANCE (PA) or the ANCC/AANP (NP). The PANCE includes 300 multiple choice questions taken over a 5 hour period. The ANCC and AANP includes 150 to 200 multiple choice questions taking between 3 and 4 hours to complete.

After a passing score, applicants may apply with the board for licensure. After licensed in the state, Nurses and Physician Assistants may apply for the laser utilization license by filing an approved supervisory agreement with their respective board as well as proof of the above completed training and hands-on experience.

Job Opportunities

The job market in South Dakota for skincare specialist has been growing year over year, with a wealth of opportunities to start a career. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to South Dakota to find opportunities in your area.

Laser Technician Jobs

Salary Expectations

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in the state of South Dakota can expect an average income of $99,000 per year, or $47.60/hour. This salary expectation is over three times the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the graduate level education and licensure requirement. Experience can also increase your salary over time.

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