The Dialysis Technician ProgramThis 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.
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,todays healthcare employers are seeking well-trained technicians who possess the necessary knowledge and skills to fill this growing number of positions.
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
Skills to monitor and record a patients 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
*Disclaimer: An externship is not guaranteed. All students must apply to the program and complete any prerequisite criteria before being accepted. Positions in the externship program are contingent on availability at each location. We will assist students in setting up their own externship when other options are not available.
Dialysis technician job opportunities are expected to grow as the population ages and more people require dialysis. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted a 16% increase in medical and clinical laboratory technician occupations between 2008 and 2018 (www.bls.gov). The BLS also stated that medical and clinical lab technicians made an average salary of ,190 in 2010. However, according to Salary.com, the median salary for dialysis technicians was ,499, as of 2011.
What are my payment options?
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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?
By successfully completing a course through one of our college or university partners the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion from the institution. If there is a state or national exam that the course is preparing a student for, the proper certifying body will be indicated and that association will proctor and award any type of certification. This is the studentís responsibility, although ECA is here to help guide our students in the right direction.
Does this course translate in to college credit?
Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.
How long do access to my complete my course?
Access will begin on your start date and end on your end date unless otherwise specified. If you are falling behind in your course please contact an Education Consultant to talk about your options.
When are the course start dates?
The course start dates are determined by the student due to open-enrollment.
Is the Certification exam included in the course?
The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.
Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
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.
Technicians (CHT, CHBT) a copy of your high school diploma or official transcript (with principal's signature and/or school seal), one year of experience (12 months) in nephrology patient care, and current active participation in an ESRD facility.
If you are currently unemployed but have a minimum of 12 months experience as a dialysis patient care technologist, you will be required to have your immediate past supervisor sign your application and write a reference letter. All other stated requirements apply.
PCTs with greater than 4 years of work experience in dialysis, who lack evidence of a high school diploma, may use that work experience in lieu of the requirement for a high school diploma.
If you have no experience as a patient care technician/technologist, you may apply to take the BONENT exam within 2 years of successful completion of a BONENT Approved Program
BioMed Exam: 6 months of dialysis BioMedical (BM) experience and any BM training certificates.