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Hemodialysis RN or Technician

Hemodialysis Training Program 

The Hemodialysis Training Program at DTI is an entry-level training program that provides theory and practical instruction in the care and treatment of renal patients along with machine and water treatment systems. The general objective of the program is to help the student attain a fundamental grounding in hemodialysis, including:

  • An introduction to the theory and practice of anatomy and physiology;
  • An understanding of the kidneys and urinary system;
  • What’s involved in acute and chronic renal failure;
  • General biochemistry as related to hemodialysis;
  • Understanding the care and concerns of the dialysis patient;
  • The procedural routine of hemodialysis, and
  • The procedures of anticoagulation.
  • Maintain dialysis equipment

The 26-week program consists of  classroom (didactic) instruction concurrent with Laboratory instruction, followed by clinical externship training.

Method of Instructionprogram1
The program comprises lectures, projects, demonstrations, tests, and reading assignments from Nephrology Basics for Nurses & Technicians, DTI’s official textbook and Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician. Classroom lectures and externships are arranged to accommodate availability of appropriate clinical situations.

Required Modules
The Hemodialysis Training Program is a comprehensive series of modules covering the following required topics:

  • Professional Development
  • Essentials of Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Hemodialysis Clinical Skills (didactic)
  • Medical Management of the Dialysis Patient
  • Hemodialysis Theory Seminar
  • Hemodialysis Laboratory

Clinical Externship
Students learn clinical competency in a systematic pre-dialysis and post-dialysis patient assessment, describing signs and symptoms of fluid overload, listing factors that may adversely affect the accuracy of laboratory test results, and skin preparation, cannulation and catheter exit site preparation, water treatment systems and equipment.

For a more detailed description of the program, the individual courses, or other factors, take a look at the DTI Catalog or talk to us.



To be eligible for employment as a hemodialysis technician in California, prior to certification the student must have:certreq1

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent;
  2. Successfully completed a qualified training program, approved by the State of California Department of Public Health for the training of dialysis personnel (the Basic Hemodialysis Training Program at DTI meets this requirement); and
  3. Successfully completed one of the four available Medicare-approved standardized tests, as cited in the next section. The staff at DTI can help you with making the arrangements for these tests, just ask!

Clinical Externship Requirements

Hemodialysis Clinical skills are a required as part of the Hemodialysis Training Program at DTI, and as such, a participating student must:

  • Be in good health as demonstrated by a health screening designed to assess the student’s physical ability to perform direct patient care in the dialysis clinic or acute hospital setting;
  • Have documentation of baseline Hepatitis B antigen/antibody levels !15
  • Have a Hep C screening
  • Have a negative tuberculosis screening by either a comprehensive TB screening,negative chest x-ray, or P.P.D. (skin test within in the six last months)Documentation required.
  • Have an annual influenza vaccination for current year with documentation.
  • CPR certified with the American Heart Association

Transfer Credit
Keep in mind that DTI does not typically accept credits issued from other schools, colleges, or universities for transfer. However, consideration for work completed at institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Director.

If you have questions or concerns about transferring any credits you’ve already earned, or about the transferability of the credits you will earn at DTI, please schedule time to talk with an admissions counselor.

Advanced Placement & Experiential Learning Assessment
As with transfer of academic credits previously earned, any advanced placement or course credit based on experience will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students wishing to be assessed for prior hemodialysis training, on-the-job training, or other experiential learning, must submit a written request for evaluation to the Program Director or the Executive Director detailing the training or learning that the student wishes to have considered.

If you have questions or concerns about advanced placement or credit for experiential learning, please schedule time to talk with an admissions counselor.