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What schooling or degrees are required to become a dialysis technician?

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Most dialysis technicians need education in a certificate program concentrating on dialysis procedures and state licensing as a Certified Hemodialysis Technician, as of 2015. Community colleges and some professional institutions and universities offer education or training for dialysis technicians. The certificate program requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

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A certificate program for dialysis technicians informs students on the impact of dialysis on the body, the anatomy of the endocrine system, information regarding different diseases and the effects on the kidneys, proper utilization and maintenance of equipment and patient service. Individual programs vary by institution. Programs usually include a combination of lectures and hands-on clinics to practice using the equipment. On-the-job training is a component of education before licensing. Technicians work for hospitals or doctors under the supervision of a qualified professional cultivating patient skills and passing equipment tests.

States have different requirements for training and education before licensing. Many employers also require cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, and technicians with certification to perform blood draws experience a higher demand. All technicians must pass the Board of Nephrology Examination for Nurses and Technicians before employment. After passing the examination, technicians have 18 months to find employment or take the examination again for certification.

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