Train for a Career as a Dialysis Technician
Career Step's Hemodialysis Technician with Externship program will prepare you to provide dialysis treatment to patients, monitor vital signs, administer dialysis medications, and more. Training and certification as a dialysis technician offers many benefits:
Dialysis treatment is a lifesaving procedure for thousands of patients with kidney disease and is an important part of a patient care plan, especially for an increasingly older population in the United States.
Our program prepares you for an entry level position as a hemodialysis technician with future opportunities for leadership and additional medical care positions along the career path.
Working as a dialysis technician is a highly specialized skill set in healthcare, critical to the care of patients whose kidneys no longer function properly. Training will set you apart from other candidates.
You will gain the knowledge required to sit for your choice of several industry standard certification exams, including the CHT, CCHT, and CCNT tests
Earn your credentials for a fraction of the cost of traditional in-class education--and do it all at your pace and on your own timeline.
Complete your coursework and your certification exam in as little as 3 months, helping you get your externship placement before others are even ready to sit for the exam.
Don't take our word for it. You can trust the over 140,000 Career Step learners we've helped to change their lives. With Career Step, you gain the skills you need to secure a successful career in the healthcare industry as a hemodialysis technician.
Dialysis Technician Salary and Job Description
What will I be doing as a hemodialysis technician?
Dialysis technicians primarily work in doctors' offices and hospitals, but some provide treatment to patients in their own homes. Primarily, hemodialysis technicians administer dialysis treatment, but there is much more to know than that. They must know how to set up, monitor, and clean the equipment, create and maintain a sterile environment, and provide preparation, education, and comfort to their patients.
As a hemodialysis technician, you will also be able to measure basic vital signs, recognize different types of kidney disease, and know the different medications available to dialysis patients as well as how diet plays a hand in treating kidney disease.
How much can I make as an Dialysis Technician?
Salaries for hemodialysis technicians span a wide range based on employer, geographic location, and experience. The middle 50% of dialysis technicians earn about $42,000 a year according to PayScale.com.
Experience, additional training, and certifications may increase your earnings. Career Step's dialysis technician training prepares you to sit for three industry recognized certification exams, the CHT, CCHT, and CCNT. In addition, the included externship will give you hands on experience working in your new field.
Dialysis Technician Training
How long will the training take?
Career Step's Hemodialysis Technician with Externship program includes 90 hours of coursework and an externship of up to 100 hours. It is designed to be completed in as little as 3 months. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so we give you 6 months of program access to ensure that you have the time you need to complete your training.
What will I be learning?
The Dialysis Technician program covers:
- Effectively work with patients, educating and preparing them, and comforting them during stressful procedures
- Setting up, monitoring, and administering dialysis treatment
- The organs of the renal system and their basic functions
- Medical terminology, blood draw procedures, and more
The course includes images, exercises, learning games, and highly interactive simulations to prepare you to work as a hemodialysis technician. In order to qualify for exam registration, you will also need to complete your externship, which is included in your initial enrollment. Externships take up to 100 hours to complete.
To review the full details of the program, please download our brochure and learning objectives:
Dialysis Technician Training Pricing
What is the price of the Hemodialysis Technician with Externship course?
Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low payment of
This investment entitles you to 6 months of access to the Hemodialysis Technician with Externship course. The program is designed to be completed in about 3 months of full-time study, so we provide 6 months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for you.
Extensions are available should you feel you need more time to complete the program.
Are payment plans or financial assistance available?
Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable training experience. To provide flexibility, several payment options are available.
What is included with my training program?
Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You’ll have:
- Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
- One-on-one support from your trainers and our technical support team
The Hemodialisys Technician program includes 90 hours of coursework and up to 100 hours in an externship.