Certified Dialysis Technician Training Program



Chronic Kidney Disease has no face, race, sex, or age. Gary Coleman (actor), Neil Simon (playwright), Sean Elliott (NBA) and Alonzo Mourning (NBA) all suffered from kidney failure until they received a kidney transplant. The United States Renal Data System reported that there were 527,000 patients who receive dialysis treatment for the year 2007.  The renal patient population has shown a steady growth of 6-7% per year. Patients who have a history of hypertension, diabetes, and other kidney problems are likely to develop Chronic Kidney Disease. Dialysis is a treatment not a cure for kidney failure.

There are different treatment options available for people with renal failure. Hemodialysis is a common choice of treatment that utilizes a machine, artificial kidney and access to the patient’s blood to rid the body of toxins that would normally be filtered and disposed in the urine if the kidneys were working in the body.

Patients who choose to utilize hemodialysis as a treatment of choice go to an outpatient clinic 3 to 4 times a week. Each treatment last for 3 to 4 hours in length. The healthcare team in the clinic is made up of their doctor, nurses, patient care technicians, social worker, dietitian and secretary.

The following is a list of the areas that will be covered during the training program:
  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology of the Kidney
  • Medical Terminology used in Kidney Disease
  • Treatment options for Kidney Disease
  • Pharmacology used in the dialysis clinic
  • Clinically Practice for Dialysis
  • Principles of Hemodialysis
  • Dialysis Delivery Systems
  • Pre/Post Patient Assessment of the Dialysis patient
  • Complications of Renal Disease
  • Fundamentals of Renal Nutrition
  • Professionalism


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