Online Classes and Courses for Dialysis Technicians

Online courses in dialysis technology are offered by educational programs that prepare students for dialysis technician certification. These courses are often coupled with hands-on training due to the nature of the profession. Continuing education courses addressing specific topics are also available online, and they may count toward recertification requirements. View article »

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Online Dialysis Technician Courses

Let's take a look at some dialysis technician courses available online as part of education and continuing education programs:

  • In a renal anatomy, physiology and terminology course, students learn about the kidneys and the origins of medical terms pertaining to the field of nephrology. Students also learn about the causes and effects of renal system failure.
  • A principles of dialysis course discusses the tools and tests used in the diagnosis and management of renal failure. Specific topics include common patient concerns, the principles behind the filtration process, various access sites used, and commonly administered medications.
  • Topics covered in a dialysis environment and procedures course include federal and state regulations, certification options and the evolution of the field of dialysis. Laws regarding patient documentation, personal development resources and required safety practices are discussed. Also provided is an overview of the disease process, patient rights, and the needs of specific populations.
  • Dialysis delivery courses discuss the dialysis delivery system, the path blood and dialysate take through the body and equipment, components of the system and safety options. Also discussed are the responsibilities of the dialysis technician in ensuring proper equipment function and addressing potential complications during dialysis delivery.
  • A hemodialysis technology course introduces students to the many pieces of equipment required for treatment and the technology behind the dialysis process.
  • In a renal nutrition course, students learn how drugs work differently in patients with renal conditions. The curriculum also covers dietary considerations for renal patients, including vitamin supplementation, specialty diets and malnutrition avoidance.
  • Dialysis safety procedures courses focus specifically on the safety precautions that must be taken when handling and mixing dialysate. Students are familiarized with the importance of water quality, as well as possible contaminants, including microorganisms, sediment, heavy metals and other chemicals.

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Dialysis technicians provide dialysis treatment to patients with kidney failure. They also ensure regulatory compliance of renal replacement therapy machines in hospitals and clinics. Job titles include dialysis patient care technician, hemodialysis technician, renal dialysis technician and clinical nephrology technician.

Dialysis technicians must obtain on-the-job experience and pass a certification exam administered by a recognized authority. Most states require continuing medical education annually, which is generally available online.

Online associate's degree programs for aspiring technicians are also available. Through online training programs and continuing education classes, aspiring and experienced dialysis technicians can prepare for the job and increase their expertise in the field.

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