Dialysis Technician

WEFED Register Now ButtonDialysis Technicians fall under the category of medical assistants. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dialysis Technicians earned an average salary of $30,550 in 2012.

WEFED Contact Us ButtonDialysis Technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics and other medial facilities. Today’s employers are seeking well trained individuals that possess a knowledge in the field of dialysis. The demand for Dialysis Technicians continues to grow and is expected to grow at a steady pace over the next several years.

Dialysis Technicians, also called Hemodialysis or Renal Dialysis Technicians, operate kidney dialysis machines, which filter normal waste products and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer perform this function. Dialysis Technicians provide direct patient care within the dialysis unit under the direction of senior technicians, nurses and doctors.

A Dialysis Technician who works with patients is in charge of assembling the machine, making sure it is in working order and ensuring the machine is sterile. The technician checks the patient’s chart and starts dialysis under supervision according to the prescription. The technician must also be able to respond to any alarms or emergencies related to the equipment or patient.

Because the job of the Dialysis Technician is very hands-on, a positive bedside manner, commitment to patient confidentiality and willingness to help educate patients on care and maintenance are necessary.

There is no certification available immediately following the course. Any student choosing to pursue certification must have one year’s experience working in dialysis patient care. He or she could then become a Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician (CHT) through BONENT (Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology).

Partial Listing of Program Course Topics:

  • Aseptic techniques and standard precautions
  • Renal physiology & pathology of renal failure
  • Physical measurements and vital signs
  • Evaluate and perform vascular access
  • Principles of hemodialysis and hematological aspects
  • Components of blood important in hemodialysis
  • Dialyzer reuse preparation
  • Basic body chemistry, fluid & electrolyte balance
  • Dialyzers, dialysate and the delivery systems
  • Clinical manifestations of end stage renal disease
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Diabetes and hemodialysis
  • Anticoagulation and heparin administration
  • Handling of hazardous materials
  • End stage renal disease in the elderly

General Information:

This 50-hour Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required of Dialysis Technicians.

Successful candidates of the program will receive a certificate of completion from Jefferson State.

Registration Fees & Requirements (subject to change)

Course Fee – $999 (includes textbook)