Dialysis Technician Career

Career Description:

The dialysis technician, also known as hemodialysis technician, takes on a role in the care of patients undergoing dialysis.  The dialysis technician has the responsibility of operating machines used to remove wastes, excess fluids and salt present in a patient’s blood.  He is also tasked in preparing the patient, monitoring both the patient and machine, and accomplish other dialysis procedures.  One has to make sure that the machine is working and is in its proper working condition.  The dialysis technician is to make sure that the patient’s vital signs, weight and blood pressure is monitored and recorded.  This is done before and after the procedure. One works under the supervision of a physician or a nurse.  Doing this type of career requires one to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

How to become a Dialysis Technician

The aspiring dialysis technician must have at least completed high school or GED.  One may then pursue a training program specifically for dialysis technicians.  Be sure to that the school is an accredited vocational school or training center by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology.  Pursue further studies and earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.  An individual with advanced training or degree has more chances of advancement. Obtain a part-time employment to gain the necessary skills and experience.  Get certified.  Certification requirements vary from state to state.  At the least finishing high school, gaining formal training and clinical experience helps one gain certification.

Dialysis Technician Courses, training, programs

A training program for a dialysis technician covers administering local anesthesia, monitoring of vital signs, preparing and monitoring of patient’s health condition and venipuncture.  One also has the opportunity to do clinical activities.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

South University (online learning)

Independence University (online learning, Utah)

Devry University (online learning)

Kaplan University (online learning, multiple locations across America)

American Intercontinental University (online learning, Florida, Georgia, Texas)

Dialysis Technician Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A dialysis technician may work in hospitals and dialysis clinics.  One may also enter into home dialysis programs.  One may earn between $25,682 and $32,413 annually depending on one’s employer, experience and location.

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