Hemodialysis Technician Program
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Hemodialysis Technician Program
Our Hemodialysis Technician program is designed to help you advance your current health care career or to find entry-level employment in this field. You can feel confident that this flexibility also comes with high standards in training and education.
The shortage of qualified personnel in technology-related healthcare fields provides opportunities for our graduates to excel in some of the most in-demand specialties. Employment of dialysis technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for these patients. (www.bls.gov)
A Hemodialysis Technician helps patients with end-stage renal disease, also known as, permanent kidney failure, to receive safe and effective dialysis treatment. It is their duty to ensure high-quality care for patients while maintaining professionalism.
Certificate programs provide participants with a foundation in kidney physiology and nephrological disease. Students will learn to ready patients for dialysis treatments, connect patients to dialysis machines, and monitor them during therapy time. They will also learn how to clean and disinfect dialyzers after each treatment for reuse.
Once you have completed the Hemodialysis Technician Program, you are prepared for THREE national certification exams: Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician Exam (CHT) offered by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT), Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) offered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) , and Clinical Nephrology Technology (CNT) offered by the National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO).
You will take classes that prepare you to:
- Identifying surgical instruments
- Decontamination tools and processes
- Low- and high-temperature sterilization methods
- Point-of-use processing
- Assembling surgical instrument trays
- Inventory management
- Safety protocols
- Tracking systems
- Quality assurance
- Regulations and standards
Hemodialysis Technicians can work in a wide array of locations, including but not limited to:
- Dialysis clinics and centers
- Nephrologist offices
- Nursing homes
- At home care
One of the most exciting and challenging experiences you’ll experience during the Hemodialysis Technician career training program is your clinical externship, where you’ll be directly mentored by professionals in your chosen career field. You may get to work in a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, pharmacy, veterinary office, or another location relevant to your career choice. This is your chance to shine, as you’ll work directly with patients in a hands-on environment, exhibiting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the classroom.
- High school diploma or G.E.D
- Proficiency in English (reading, writing & speaking skills)
- Adequate knowledge of 9th/10th grade Algebra
- At least 18 years of age, although exceptions have been made on an individual basis
- Hand-to-eye coordination and finger agility
- Suitable vision, normal or corrected
- Immunizations & background check (May be required by clinical observation sites and employers)
- No prior criminal offenses
- Medical terminology
- Biology coursework with emphasis on cell structure
- CPR training
- Previous healthcare experience