Dialysis Technician Certificate Program

Program Duration: 4 Months

Contact Hours: 375

Student Tuition: $3,000

Program Description:

This Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge needed to perform as a dialysis technician. This program will review kidney dialysis machines, preparing dialyzer reprocessing and delivery systems, and review equipment maintenance. This Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required of dialysis technicians.

This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Specific procedures to operate kidney dialysis machines

  • Preparation of the dialyzer, reprocessing and delivery systems

  • Equipment maintenance

  • Skills to monitor and record a patient’s vital signs

  • The process for a dialysis teams’ administration of local anesthetics and drugs asneeded

  • Assessment of patients for any complications that occur during a procedure

  • Patient training for at-home dialysis treatment and techniques to provide emotionalsupport patients need for self-care

Dialysis Technician Detailed Course Information:

  • Knowledge and use of aseptic techniques and standard precautions

  • Renal physiology and the pathology of renal failure

  • How to perform and record physical measurements including weight and vital signs

  • Principles of hemodialysis and hematological aspects

  • Dialyzer reuse preparation, dialysate, and delivery systems

  • Basic body chemistry including fluid and electrolyte balance

  • Clinical manifestations of end-stage renal disease

  • Routine aspects of hemodialysis

  • Dietary regulation and medication problems relating to dialysis

  • Acute renal failure and dialysis

  • Kidney transplantation

  • Peritoneal dialysis

  • Diabetes and hemodialysis

  • Pediatric hemodialysis

  • End-stage renal disease in the elderly

  • Composition of dialysate solution

  • Anticoagulation and heparin administration

  • Handling of hazardous materials

National Certification:

This program is designed to cover the key objectives of the leading dialysis technician
certification exams. Although some students do immediately pursue certain certifications, most
national exams require job experience for formal dialysis technician certification. The BONENT
Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician examination requires one year of experience
(12 months) in nephrology patient care, and current active participation in an End-Stage Renal
Disease (ESRD) facility.

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