Dialysis Technician

Call to order - 844.220.4266

The Dialysis Technician Profession
As kidney failure continues to be a growing national health problem, kidney disease is driving the growing demand for well-trained dialysis technicians. Dialysis technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other medical facilities. The number of dialysis technician jobs has the potential to increase by more than 35% by 2018.  While most technician training has historically been done “on-the-job,” today’s healthcare employers are seeking well-trained technicians who possess the necessary knowledge and skills to fill this growing number of positions.   

The Dialysis Technician Program

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. critically evaluate statistics commonly used to describe, predict, and evaluate data in an information-driven environment. 
    

 

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 as needed
  • Assessment of patients for any complications that occur during a procedure
  • Patient training for at-home dialysis treatment and techniques to provide emotional support 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

Note:  This program can be completed in 6 months.  However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period.

Education and Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program. 
  • National Certification Available:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam