Are you caring, meticulous and enjoy helping others? Are you already trained in an allied health profession and want to add to your skill set?
Dialysis Technicians are in demand. Although the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have a listing for this specific profession, health care and social assistance are predicted to generate 5 million new jobs between 2012 and 2022. Additionally, the National Kidney Foundation reports that more than 20 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and the number of people with diabetes (the leading cause of kidney disease) continues to grow.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics
The National Kidney Foundation
The Dialysis Technician Program at the Manhattan Institute is designed to prepare you for employment in any medical setting, such as hospitals, dialysis centers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is a Dialysis Technician?
Under the direction of nurses and physicians, Dialysis Technicians operate machines and perform dialysis on patients with acute or chronic kidney failure. They follow strict protocols to guarantee safe and effective outcomes for patients undergoing this four-hour procedure.
Dialysis removes waste products and fluids from a patient's blood and vascular system in patients whose kidneys are not adequately removing those toxins. This specialized training is also appropriate for Medical Assistants, LPNs, RNs, EMTs, Patient Care Technicians, CNAs, Phlebotomists and anyone interested in an allied health career.
If you have an interest in science and technology and also like working with people, then consider a career as a Dialysis Technician. Dialysis Technicians give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses, doctors and other medical staff. Because Dialysis Technicians can often have frequent and long-term interactions with the same patients, many consider it a very rewarding career.
What topics are covered in the Dialysis Technician Program?
- Introduction to hemodialysis
- Chemistry of body fluids
- Water in the human body
- Renal anatomy and physiology
- Pathology of renal failure
- Hemodialysis devices
- Patient treatment procedures
- The assessment process
- Infection control and standard precautions
- Health factors in dialysis
- Medication problems and dialysis
- Nutrition management
- Acute renal failure and dialysis
- Chronic dialysis therapy issues and concerns
- Peritoneal dialysis and home dialysis
Do I have to take a New York State license examination when I complete the Dialysis Technician training?
In New York State there is no license, certification, or exam required to work as a Dialysis Technician. When you finish your Dialysis Technician training, Manhattan Institute will issue you a diploma.
Upon graduation and obtaining a job as a technician, you are required to pass a certification exam administered by BONENT, CCHT, or CCNT within 18 months of employment.
Students may also elect to take the BONENT exam immediately following graduation, although we generally recommend gaining experience in the field prior to taking the exam.