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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Overview of Responsibilities

The Board has no jurisdiction over actions concerning fees.

The Board does have jurisdiction over investigation of complaints placed against:

  • physicians: allopathic and osteopathic doctors
  • physical therapists & physical therapy assistants
  • advanced life support personnel (EMTs)
  • physician assistants
  • athletic trainers
  • occupational therapists & occupational therapy assistants
  • respiratory therapists
  • nutritionists & dietitians
  • genetic counselors 

The SD Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners has joint jurisdiction with the SD Board of Nursing over investigation of complaints placed against:

  • medical assistants
  • advanced practice nurses: nurse practitioners and nurse midwives

Before filing a complaint, you can search for the licensee to assure the person is one of the above groups and to check for correct spelling of the name.

The Board does NOT have jurisdiction over other health disciplines or facilities as listed:

  • optometrists
  • psychologists
  • chiropractors
  • podiatrists
  • dentists
  • registered nurses
  • hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • surgical centers
  • other health care facilities