Hemodialysis Technician Program Description

Study to save lives (while saving time for your own life).

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Ready for a career that has a real, meaningful impact on people’s lives? This program was designed to help you become a CHT-certified clinical hemodialysis technician so you can provide a life-saving service to patients. You’ll learn to prepare and operate the hemodialysis machine, take vital signs, draw blood, and document results, and you’ll wrap up the course ready to earn the CHT hemodialysis technician certification from BONENT. Better make some room on your wall.

Program Timeline

If you can swing full-time study, you’ll be certification-ready in just three short months. But we’ll give you six months to finish, just in case ;)

Just 3 months of full-time study

Study Format

CareerStep programs are built to fit into all kinds of crazy schedules, whether you work nights, have little kids at home, or just have a lot going on. This fully online hemodialysis tech program lets you train whenever and wherever works for you. Complete the course at your own pace, and contact us anytime you need help.

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Hemodialysis Technician Program Modules

Our 90-hour curriculum is divided into 28 short modules, which include everything from basic math and science topics to detailed dialysis training.

Intro to Health Sciences (7 Hours)

  • Review basic biology.
  • Review basic chemistry.
  • Review basic math
  • Understand hemodialysis math.

Medical Terminology (3 Hours)

  • Learn medical terminology.
  • Learn to recognize and define abbreviations.

History of Dialysis (4 Hours)

  • Learn how dialysis began.
  • Get to know the dialysis care team.

Scientific Principles of Dialysis (3 Hours)

  • Understand osmosis, diffusion, and ultrafiltration.
  • Learn common blood tests.

The Water System (2 Hours)

  • Cover AAMI standards.
  • Understand proper disinfection of the water system.
  • Identify contaminants monitored in the water system.
  • Identify proper dialysis-quality water.

Renal Anatomy (3 Hours)

  • Learn the anatomy of the kidneys.
  • Learn the role of the renal system.

Types of Kidney Disease (2 Hours)

  • Cover the signs and symptoms associated with kidney failure.
  • Learn the difference between chronic kidney disease and acute kidney failure.
  • Learn what options patients have once diagnosed.

Diabetes & Clinical Complications (4 Hours)

  • Learn the possible complications that can happen within the clinic.
  • Learn the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Consider the impact of diabetes on the kidneys.

Hemodialysis Devices (2 Hours)

  • Learn the basics of the dialysis machine.
  • Learn how to identify and solve an air/blood detector alarm.

Central Venous Catheters (3 Hours)

  • Cover types of catheters.
  • Understand catheter placement.
  • Understand aseptic technique when accessing catheters.

Payment for Dialysis and Transplant (2 Hours)

  • Explain Medicare coverage for dialysis patients.
  • Understand regulations for Medicare.
  • Learn Medicare coverage for transplant patients.

Infection Control (6 Hours)

  • Learn proper aseptic technique.
  • Cover personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Understand aseptic technique prior to treatment initiation.

Interacting with Patients (3 Hours)

  • Understand the importance of keeping patient confidentiality.
  • Identify how to keep the relationship between patient and caregiver professional.

Starting a Dialysis Treatment (5 Hours)

  • Cover steps taken prior to dialysis treatment.
  • Understand pre-assessment procedure.
  • Learn how to initiate dialysis treatment.

Monitoring During Dialysis (2 Hours)

  • Learn what to look for during treatment.
  • Cover the importance of vitals taken at regular intervals.
  • Cover documentation techniques.

Post-Dialysis Procedures (2 Hour)

  • Identify the steps taken to terminate treatment.
  • Understand proper documentation.
  • Cover post-assessment procedure.
  • Identify safety measures taken prior to the patient leaving the treatment area.

Dialyzer Reuse (3 Hours)

  • Cover the reuse process.
  • Learn how to sign off a dialyzer prior to its use.
  • Understand what to do if the dialyzer is faulty or unsafe.
  • Learn proper documentation of reuse dialyzers.

Midterm (4 Hours)

Quality Assurance (3 Hours)

Renal Nutrition and Diet Restrictions (2 Hours)

  • Cover the strict renal diet for dialysis patients.
  • Understand the role of the renal dietician.
  • Identify which foods have a negative impact on the kidneys.

Peritoneal Dialysis (3 Hours)

  • Cover the pros and cons of peritoneal dialysis.
  • Identify types of peritoneal dialysis.

Pediatric Dialysis (5 Hours)

  • Cover pediatric machines.
  • Identify types of access placement preferred for each age group.
  • Understand the difference between regular hemodialysis and pediatric dialysis.

Professional Development (2 Hours)

  • Identify organizations that aid in professional development.

Ethics and Law (3 Hours)

  • Cover the organizations meant to uphold dialysis ethics and law.

Dialysis Medications (3 Hours)

  • Learn the different medications for patients on dialysis.

Helping Patients Cope (2 Hours)

  • Learn bedside manners.
  • Learn danger signs for patients who are abused.
  • Know who to contact in case the patient needs assistance.

Vascular Access (3 Hours)

  • Learn the different access options: fistula, graft, or CVC.
  • Learn how access placement is determined.
  • Understand recovery time and first cannulation.
  • Learn about the NFACT team.

Final Exam (4 Hours)

Hemodialysis Technician Certifications

Complete our BONENT-approved hemodialysis technician training program and pass the hemodialysis technician certification practice exam, and you’ll be set to take the Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) exam—and you’ll be a shoe-in for your first job.

Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)