Start 2017 off with our new Hemodialysis Technician Program to advance your current healthcare career or begin entry-level employment in this field. This January we are partnering with MK Education to offer the only Board of Nephology Examiners Nursing Examiners (BONET) approved program in the state of Missouri.
A Hemodialysis Technician helps patients with end stage renal disease, also known as, permanent kidney failure, to receive safe and effective dialysis treatment. It is their duty to ensure high quality care for patients while maintaining professionalism.
The aging population and demand for dialysis treatment continues to exceed the need for trained and Certified Hemodialysis Technicians. Salary average is $23,221 – $30,918 and may vary depending on location, experience and hours. (bls.gov)
Certificate programs provide participants with a foundation in kidney physiology and nephrological disesase and can prepare you to sit for three different certification exams.
What are the pre-requisites for the Hemodialysis Progam?
- High school diploma or G.E.D
- Proficiency in English (reading, writing & speaking skills)
- Adequate knowledge of 9th/10th grade Algebra
- At least 18 years of age, although exceptions have been made on an individual basis
- Hand-to-eye coordination and finger agility
- Suitable vision, normal or corrected
- Immunizations & background check (May be required by clinical observation sites and employers)
- No prior criminal offenses
- Medical terminology
- Biology coursework with emphasis on cell structure
- CPR training
- Previous healthcare experience
*A pre-registration screening will be required and performed by MK Education before students can officially register. Please call 630-541-3600 for details.
Where does a Hemodialysis Tech work?
Hemodialysis Technicians can work in a wide array of locations, including but not limited to:
- Dialysis clinics and centers
- Nephrologist offices
- Nursing homes
- At home care
What will this program teach me?
Certificate programs provide participants with a foundation in kidney physiology and nephrological disease. Students will learn to ready patients for dialysis treatments, connect patients to dialysis machines, and monitor them during therapy time. They will also learn how to clean and disinfect dialyzers after each treatment for reuse.
Is clinical training included?
One of the most exciting and challenging experiences you’ll experience during the Hemodialysis Technician career training program is your clinical externship, where you’ll be directly mentored by professionals in your chosen career field. You may get to work in a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, pharmacy, veterinary office, or another location relevant to your career choice. This is your chance to shine, as you’ll work directly with patients in a hands-on environment, exhibiting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the classroom.
What national certification exams will this program prepare me for?
Once you have completed the Hemodialysis Technician Program, you are prepared for THREE national certification exams: Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician Exam (CHT) offered by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT), Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) offered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) , and Clinical Nephrology Technology (CNT) offered by the National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO).