Aspiring dialysis technicians can find programs at vocational schools, community colleges and technical schools. These programs usually award a certificate or diploma.
Schools with Training Programs for Dialysis Technicians
At these schools, aspiring dialysis technicians can enroll in a certificate or diploma program that provides education in the field:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||In-State Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Manhattan Institute||New York, NY||2-year, Private For-Profit||Diploma||N/A|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma||$4,360 in-state, $6,286 out-of-state*|
|Southern University at Shreveport||Shreveport, LA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,987*|
|Triton College||River Grove, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$899**|
|Chippewa Valley Technical College||Eau Claire, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma||$4,159 in-state, $6,085 out-of-state*|
|San Diego State University||San Diego, CA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$6,976 in-state, $18,136 out-of-state*|
|Blue Cliff College||Shreveport, LA
|2-year, Private For-Profit||Diploma||$20,858*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website
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School Selection Criteria
Some important considerations when choosing a dialysis technical school:
- Look for schools that offer specialization options, such as elderly patient care or working with patients who have advanced-state kidney failure. Concentrating in one of these fields can prepare individuals for professional advancement in the field.
- Try to find a program that provides students with access to excellent facilities and the chance to work with cutting-edge technology.
- Explore clinical experience opportunities, which may be offered on-campus or at a nearby medical facility. Having this experience can help students meet professional certification requirements and improve their job prospects in the future.
- Get more information about program costs and financial aid opportunities, such as grants, scholarships and work-study programs.
Diploma for Dialysis Technicians
Typically completed in 1-2 semesters, a diploma program can include clinical experiences and may qualify students for voluntary and/or state certification. Students learn about dialysis techniques and gain experience with dialysis equipment.
Certificate for Dialysis Technicians
Certificate programs for aspiring dialysis technicians typically can be completed in 2-3 semesters and may be offered as both initial and continuing education programs. In addition to clinical experiences, coursework might cover dialysis-related concepts, as well as basic science topics like anatomy and physiology.
By earning a certificate or diploma that includes extensive hands-on experience in dialysis, as well as certification preparation, aspiring dialysis technicians can get the education they need for a job in the field.