This course is designed to train Hemodialysis Technicians in the basic skills necessary to perform hemodialysis functions and to be efficient and effective healthcare team members. This comprehensive program is designed to provide the student with basic hemodialysis theory and practical and clinical experience and to work in a variety of environments. Classroom instruction will be held at Tukiendorf Training Institute and the clinical portion will be held at local dialysis centers.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to
Learn, understand and perform all duties of a Hemodialysis Technician. Hemodialysis Technicians work with people whose kidneys no longer work properly or at all. These technicians operate machines that remove wastes, salt, and extra water from patients’ blood while keeping safe levels of certain chemicals.
They work under the supervision of physicians and nurses. Dialysis patients generally use the machine for about four hours, three times a week. The technicians prepare patients, monitor, adjust settings on the machine, and perform required procedures when dialysis is completed. Dialysis technicians help patients feel comfortable during the procedure and keep the machine in good working order.
Hemodialysis Technicians work in hospitals, free standing clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, private homes and for home healthcare agencies.
Program admission requirements
- Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician or Patient Care Technician program is encouraged.
- Complete a general physical exam, documentation of recent two-step TB skin test, proof of PPD, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Rubella/Measles vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine. Students are responsible for all costs associated with meeting these physical requirements
- CPR certification is required. (See office staff for classes if needed)