Dialysis is a process that cleanses the blood of metabolic waste products. It makes the difference between life and death for those who suffer from renal failure. A Hemodialysis Technician works to produce optimal clinical outcomes for patients in a team-oriented environment by measuring and recording stats, patient observations, machine set up and more. Patients generally receive dialysis at a hospital or clinic, with an attending healthcare professional present while the technician operates the medical equipment. They oftentimes work under the supervision of nephrology nurses to provide safe, comfortable and hygienic dialysis treatments for patients and usually have the most “one on one” time with patients in a given facility. Dialysis technicians set-up equipment, prepare patients for treatment, check blood pressure, give local anesthesia, monitor patients’ progress and create written reports for the doctor.
HT Course Curriculum
Didactic hemodialysis coursework allows students to gain first-hand abilities while learning about such concepts as:
- Patient care principles
- Kidney failure
- Blood Borne Diseases, HIV/AIDS/HBV
- Using venipuncture to treat kidney disease
- Basic human anatomy and physiology
- Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
- Medical terminology
- Quality Assurance
- Wellness and Disease Concepts
- Sterilization and infection-prevention techniques
- Water treatment methods
- Interpersonal skills and customer relations
- Taking vital signs
- Patient preparation
- Equipment operation and set-up
- Advanced anatomy of the renal system
- Kidney failure signs
Our programs are generally designed for those who have a prior background in healthcare by way of experience, schooling, or job training. To qualify for our Hemodialysis Technician program, you must be one of the following:
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse, (PCT/PCA/NT), Registered, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (RN, LPN, LVN), Medical Doctor (MD), Emergency Medical Tech (EMT), Phlebotomy Tech (PT), IV Tech, Medical Lab Tech/Assistant (MLT/MLA), Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Dialysis Tech (DT), Health Information Technologist (HIT), Home Health Aid, Physician Assistant, Physician Technician®, Ultrasound Technician, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Health Information Technologist, Health Records Specialist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), Dental Hygienist, student of allied health or all medical (pre-nursing, pre-medical) or Natural Science college majors (Biology, Chemistry) or degree recipients.
ADDIITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Phlebotomy knowledge and training is an additional prerequisite to the Hemodialysis program.