Hemodialysis Technician Certificate

Prepares the successful graduate for employment as a Hemodialysis Technician in outpatient settings such as a hospital or dialysis center.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 2

Estimated Cost: $3,813.72

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarter.

Prerequisites: Documentation of immunizations include Hepatitis B series plus positive titer; Tetanus/Diphtheria; 2 step TB test; Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or 1 injection plus a positive titer for measles, mumps, and rubella); Varicella immunization or positive titer; annual influenza immunization; and H1N1 immunization. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies. All immunization records must be submitted to instructor no later than the first day of class unless prior arrangements have been made. COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82. COMPASS score for Pre-Algebra 37.

Focuses on the Hemodialysis Technician’s role of providing basic renal care for clients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

Students participate in theoretical and practical preparation in the duties and responsibilities of a Hemodialysis Technician. A practicum in a dialysis facility is included in the program to provide students an opportunity to develop and practice the skills of the Hemodialysis Technician and participate as a team.

Clinical hours vary, depending on the facility assigned; students may be assigned to day or evening shifts.

This program is approximately two quarters in length for the day program, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising/Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at clinical site without proof of insurance.

Student must have a high school diploma or transcript or High School Equivalency Exam certificate prior to program entry. In order to participate in the clinical aspects of the program the student must receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and meet the requirements for the facility that you may be assigned to.  (Some clinic sites require that you pass a drug screening and their own background checks). 

Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Technicians are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student technician must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from bed to a chair, commode, or cart.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
HDT 107 Health Information Technology in Patient Services 3
HDT 113 Phlebotomy Fundamentals 4
HDT 116 Computer Applications/Keyboarding 2
HDT 122 Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy/Physiology 6
HDT 125 First Aid/CPR/HIV 1
HDT 131 Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures 4
HDT 138 Machine Setup/Maintenance 4
HDT 141 Water Treatment 3
HDT 149 Vascular Access 3
HDT 151 Professional Interaction 3
HDT 161 Clinical Practicum 6
HDT 163 Field Study 1
MAT 072 Medical Math 4
  Total Credits for Completion 44