Hemodialysis Technician

Hemodialysis Technician

This is a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Approved Hemodialysis Training Program. The course is intended for the students who want to pursue a career in the Hemodialysis field and who want to meet the requirements for the CDPH Licensing and Program Board examination to pursue the Clinical Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) status or the Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) status. These professionals will provide a direct monitored care to patients suffering end stage kidney disease.

The Hemodialysis Technician program will educate the student in all aspects of the Hemodialysis treatment being capable to provide qualified and compassionate care to patients in need complying with Healthcare standards required by governmental and private organizations. Students will learn the appropriate Anatomy and Physiology, principles and conditions associated with the kidneys. This course will include Medical Terminology and Physiopathology of kidney disease, instruction focusing upon the recognition of pathological conditions of the kidneys and complications during the Hemodialysis treatment.

Students will focus on kidney’s conditions and treatment options/modalities and will employ analytical and critical thinking skills in identification of pathology and associated complications.

As a Hemodialysis Technician, your responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and operating dialysis machines. This includes setting up the machine, connecting the patient's blood lines, and monitoring the machine during treatment.
  • Monitoring patients during dialysis. This includes checking vital signs, blood pressure, and fluid levels.
  • Administering medications and fluids. This may include giving medications through the dialysis machine or administering fluids intravenously.
  • Educating patients about dialysis. This includes teaching patients about the dialysis process and how to care for their dialysis access.
  • Maintaining dialysis machines and equipment. This includes cleaning and disinfecting the machines, ordering supplies, and troubleshooting problems.
  • Documenting patient care. This includes recording vital signs, medications given, and any problems or concerns that occurred during treatment.

Program Admissions Requirements

• Be at least 18 years of age
• Completion of High School Education, GED or equivalent
• Able to pass a background & drug screening test

Preferred but not required

• Prior education & work experience in Health Care
• Completion of high school or college level courses in Health Care

Class Structure and Delivery:

All lectures are delivered in a traditional format, with occasional online lectures as needed. Face-to-face learning provides an environment where course content and learning material are taught in person to a group of students. This allows for a live interaction between a learner and an instructor; this also allows students to work hands-on with the same equipment that will be used throughout their career.

Why a Career in Hemodialysis?

The job prospects for hemodialysis technicians are quite good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of dialysis technicians will grow 12% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is being driven by the increasing number of people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ESRD is a condition in which the kidneys no longer function properly and need to be replaced with dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Hemodialysis technician training can be right for you if you enjoy:

  • High demand: The demand for hemodialysis technicians is expected to grow in the coming years, as the number of people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) continues to increase. This means that there are good job prospects for qualified technicians.
  • Opportunities for advancement: With experience, hemodialysis technicians can advance into supervisory or management positions. They may also be able to specialize in certain areas of dialysis, such as pediatric dialysis or vascular access.
  • Variety of settings: Hemodialysis technicians can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, dialysis centers, and home health agencies. This can provide variety and flexibility in the work environment.
  • Rewarding work: Hemodialysis technicians play an important role in the care of patients with ESRD. They help patients to live longer and healthier lives, and they can make a real difference in the lives of their patients.

Program Completion Time

Certificate - 6 months / 25 weeks / 300 hours 

Program Lecture (Didactic Theory) 100 clock hours

Program Laboratory / Clinical Practicum 200 clock hours

Schedule of Classes

SATURDAYS 8:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
SUNDAYS from 8:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Q&A of Becoming a Hemodialysis Technician

Do I need at least High School Diploma or GED to register in the Hemodialysis program?

Yes. Having obtained basic General Education from an accredited and verifiable institution, shows you have a basic level of comprehension to absorb the information given in lectures and during lab practice. If you have not completed your basic level of education, there are a couple of ways you can get started.

  • Contact your local high school for information on taking the remainder of the credits needed to complete your high school education.
  • Visit the GED.com site to learn more about obtaining your high school equivalency examination.

Do I need a minimum of an Associate Degree to become a Hemodialysis Tech?

An associate's degree or higher is not required to pursue a career in Hemodialysis. Our program is designed for applicants of all backgrounds, to prepare you for your career as a Hemodialysis Technician. Your high school diploma is all that is required for you to start your academic journey.

Is a license required to work as Hemodialysis Technician?

Hemodialysis Techs seeking their Certified Hemodialysis Technician Certificate are required to pass a certification exam offered by the California Department of Public Health, Healthcare Workforce Branch (HWB).

Is NPCollege CDPH-approved?

YES. Though we hold many accreditations and approvals from many registries for different fields, CDPH is responsible for issuing certifications to Hemodialysis Technicians across California. This program is approved by the California Department of Public Health to ensure that you are receiving an education that will help you pass the exam required for your certification. Read more about the certification on the CDPH website.

Can I transfer credits from another college to take the Hemodialysis Tech program at NPCollege?

Our Hemodialysis Technician program is a certificate program, and requires no General Education classes to complete. As such, we do not accept transfer credits for this program.

Can NPCollege credits transfer to another institution?

The transferability of credits you earn at NPCollege is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you seek to transfer to. Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate you earn in your educational program at NPCollege is also at the complete discretion of the accepting Institution.  For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at NPCollege will meet your educational goals.

How can I submit an application for NPCollege's Hemodialysis program?

Before we look into any application, NPCollege does require you to schedule a meeting with the admissions office for further review your academic background, and your goals. This is important because it allows us to make recommendations for your career path.