Dialysis Technician Classes

Dialysis technician classes help the student learn and understand the scientific principles of dialysis, the process of the dialysis treatment, renal (kidney) system anatomy, patient vital signs monitoring and how to respond to the physical and emotional needs of people undergoing dialysis treatments.  Dialysis technician curriculums also generally cover various aspects of anatomy, infection control and aseptic techniques, blood chemistry and more.  Programs also include supervised clinical training.

Some online dialysis technician classes are available but programs still generally require practical hands-on clinical training at a dialysis facility.   For more information on online dialysis technician classes see the Online Dialysis Technician Courses page on this site.  

Dialysis technician class curriculums vary by institution so you should check the specifics of the school or schools that you are interested in.  Listed below are some typical classes that may be offered.  Classes that are of a general or background nature may include: 

  • Workplace communication
  • Medical terminology
  • Fundamentals of Writing 
  • Psychology of human relation/introductory psychology
  • Health factors in dialysis
  • Medication problems and dialysis
  • Nutrition management
  • Patient assessment process

Dialysis classes that are related to principles and understanding of kidney function, failure and body fluid chemistry and management may include:

  • Introduction to renal dialysis
  • Principles of renal dialysis
  • Renal anatomy and physiology
  • Pathology of renal failure and support therapies
  • Chemistry of body fluids
  • Infection control and standard precautions
  • Health factors in dialysis
  • Medication problems and dialysis
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance and management
  • Water in the human body

Classes for dialysis technicians that are related to the actual dialysis process, procedures, equipment and technology may include:

  • Patient treatment procedures
  • Health factors in dialysis
  • Medication problems and dialysis
  • Hemodialysis devices
  • Hemodialysis  procedures
  • Hemodialysis Technology I
  • Hemodialysis Technology II
  • Vascular access
  • Dialyzer Reprocessing
  • Vascular access
  • Dialyzer Reprocessing
Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
(2) Renal Career Fact Sheet, National Kidney Foundation, https://www.kidney.org/professionals/CNNT/techcnnt
(3) Wikipedia contributors, "Dialysis," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dialysis&oldid=456618039

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