As kidney failure continues to be a growing national health problem, kidney disease is driving the growing demand for well-trained dialysis technicians. Dialysis technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other medical facilities. The number of dialysis technician jobs has the potential to increase by more than 35% by 2018. While most technician training has historically been done “on the job,” today’s healthcare employers are seeking well-trained technicians who possess the necessary knowledge and skills to fill this growing number of positions.
This Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required of dialysis technicians. This course covers the following key areas and topics:
Specific procedures to operate kidney dialysis machines
Preparation of the dialyzer, and reprocessing and delivery systems
Skills to monitor and record a patient’s vital signs
The process for a dialysis teams’ administration of local anesthetics and drugs as needed
Assessment of patients for any complications that occur during a procedure
- Patient training for at-home dialysis treatment and techniques to provide emotional support patients need for self-care
Education and Certification
Dialysis technicians and aides should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
This program is designed to cover the key objectives of the leading dialysis technician certification exams. Although some students do immediately pursue certain certifications, most national exams require job experience for formal dialysis technician certification.
Topics covered in the course include:
Knowledge and use of aseptic techniques and standard precautions
Renal physiology and the pathology of renal failure
How to perform and record physical measurements including weight and vital signs
Principles of hemodialysis and hematological aspects
Dialyzer reuse preparation, dialysate, and delivery systems
Basic body chemistry including fluid and electrolyte balance
Clinical manifestations of end-stage renal disease
Routine aspects of hemodialysis
Dietary regulation and medication problems relating to dialysis
Acute renal failure and dialysis
Diabetes and hemodialysis
End-stage renal disease in the elderly
Composition of dialysate solution
Anticoagulation and heparin administration
Handling of hazardous materials
Dialysis technician Program is offered online classes. Online classes offer the same great program as the traditional class with the added flexibility of attending class from anywhere or at any time.
$1199.00 (Online course)
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