How to Choose a School for an Aspiring Dialysis Technician

Dialysis technicians, also known as renal dialysis or hemodialysis technicians, work under the direct supervision of registered nurses and physicians in order to maintain dialysis equipment, record vital signs and assist patients. To prepare for work as dialysis technicians, students can enroll in diploma or certificate programs at schools and colleges across the U.S.

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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
Metairie, LA
Lafayette, LA
Gulfport, MS
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.

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