Dialysis assistants--sometimes called dialysis technicians or hemodialysis technicians--operate and maintain dialysis machines, which purify a patient's blood. Earning a diploma or certificate can prepare students for this occupation.
10 Schools with Dialysis Programs
The National Council for Education Statistics listed 54 undergraduate programs in dialysis assisting around the country in 2019. Here are a few of them:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state*|
|Delgado Community College||New Orleans, LA||2-year, Public||Letter of Completion||$4,079 in-state, $8,368 out-of-state*|
|Glendale Community College||Glendale, CA||2-year, Public||Course||$1,175 in-state, $6,719 out-of-state*|
|North Shore Community College||Danvers, MA||2-year, Public||Noncredit certificate||$5,184 in-state, $10,752 out-of-state*|
|Spartanburg Community College||Spartanburg, SC||2-year, Public||Course||$4,662 in-district, $5,742 in-state, $9,342 out-of-state*|
|Brookdale Community College||Lincroft, NJ||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,869 in-district, $7,963 in-state, $8,663 out-of-state*|
|Lorain County Community College||North Ridgeville, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,485 in-district, $4,140 in-state, $8,081 out-of-state*|
|Delaware County Community College||Media, PA||2-year, Public||Course||$1,250 (2019)**|
|Niagara County Community College||Sanborn, NY||2-year, Public||Course||$2,280 in-state, $4,560 out-of-state (2019)**|
|Richmond Community College||Hamlet, NC||2-year, Public||Diploma||$2,446 in-state, $8,590 out-of-state*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School websites
School Selection Criteria
When deciding on a school, it may be helpful to keep the following considerations in mind:
- When choosing a dialysis assistant school, individuals should determine whether the program is accredited by either the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT) or the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC), as these organizations offer certification exams that are required in some states.
- Some programs have a prerequisite for applicants to be certified in a medical field; for example, students may need to be a nurse's aide. Other possible prerequisites include high school or college coursework in biology or chemistry.
- Students should check whether the program they choose offers classes in the daytime or the nighttime in order to find one that fits their schedule.
- Individuals should consider the length, type and location of internships included in a school's program, as these experiences can help an individual find employment after finishing the technician program.
Certificate in Dialysis Assisting
These programs consist of lectures, labs and internships. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician (CHT) or Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) exam.
Diploma in Dialysis Assisting
Some diploma programs provide students with instruction on administering anesthesia or other similar procedures. Graduates are eligible to sit for the CHT or CCHT certification exam.
Students can get the training they need for careers as dialysis assistants by getting a certificate or diploma. The content of these programs tends to be similar, so other considerations can help prospective students find the right school.