Dialysis Technician – What It Takes To Become One

Dialysis Technician

Dialysis TechnicianYou may realize by now that you must go through a good deal of training to become a Dialysis Technician. But do you have what it takes to make it through and be successful in this career? You should really consider these factors before making the decision to become one.

First, you have to be able to make it through schooling. This requires a great deal of mechanical aptitude to run the machines, as well as scientific aptitude to understand the medical aspects of what you are doing. Dialysis machines can be tricky to run properly, and you must be able to see, understand and handle side effects of the treatments.

Next, you need to consider the physical aspects of the job. Are you able to stand for long periods of time? Can you make routine movements with your hands and wrists without pain? You must be able to run multiple machines with multiple patients in most centers. This could mean long hours on your feet, moving from patient to patient, and constantly setting up, tearing down, and sterilizing machines.

The mental aspects of the job are clear. A Dialysis Technician must be able to think on their feet, as well as manage multiple patients at one time. Being a fast reader will help you double check charts and make sure you are keeping patients on the proper treatment for the proper amount of time. Being able to remember names will help you interact with patients and make them more comfortable. You should also be able to remember many facts at one time to help keep patients going on their treatments without making mistakes.

Finally, consider the emotional aspects of the job. In a center, you will be seeing the same faces from day to day. While you need to be nice to the patients and perhaps even chat with them to keep them relaxed, this interaction can cause attachment. If you have a tendency toward these attachments, this may not be the career for you. Patients will come and go, some may not recover from their illnesses and pass on. Some will move, some will recover, but whenever a patient leaves your facility for any reason you will need to be able to take it in stride and not let it personally effect you. There is an emotional distance that must be maintained, and you must have the ability to maintain it.

Dialysis Tech Requirements:

In order to become a Dialysis Technician, you must have at least a high school diploma. Through high school, taking classes in science and health are helpful and a great base for pursuing this career. You then must also get certification from a state-supported program at a college, university, hospital or technical school.

As a dialysis tech you will need to know the how to set up and operate the various dialysis equipment. In order to get a Dialysis Technician certificate and license, you’re required to have a certain number of training hours under your belt. It may also be of interest to you to look into taking some courses to help you deal with social and or psychological issues you would potentially encounter. Mechanical intuition is a great talent to have in this field, if you don’t find yourself savvy in such a way you may want to look for ways to improve this aspect. You can get this kind of training in a hospital where you can be trained how to handle the dialysis machinery by a scheduled nurse.

If you have any questions about the career of a dialysis technician, please feel free to comment below.

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  1. Hello!!

    I am an L.P.N., I would like to further my career as an Dialysis Technician.
    Can you suggests some web sites to look up Schools or University’s within my area??
    I am living in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico.

    Thank you!

    • Hey…if you’re already ‘Lets Play Nurse’ why don’t you go back to school to finish becoming a Real Nurse!

      • Your comment makes you sound like an ass. I am a LPN and let me tell you I have met plenty of “Real Nurses” that didnt know their ass from a hole in the ground and came to me to ask what the hell they are supposed to do.

  2. This is a good article and it definitely explains how crucial mental and emotional control are. It’s very hard to get to know someone fully understanding that they could lose their battle and die any day. Professions like dialysis technicians are good but they definitely aren’t for everyone.

  3. hello,
    I did BSc in renal dialysis form India,and had 6 months of experiance in dialysis Am I eligible to work in US as a dialysis thechnician ? if I am not means what i have to do for that..?

  4. how long is the dialysis technician course?

  5. Hi, ive finally found something i REALLY WANT to pursue as a career, and its a Dialysis Tech. Im 110% that this is something im ready for. But, i was reading the way this website described it and its giving me …not neccisarily second thoughts but like how it says this job isnt for you if you grow attached to your clients and all that stuff. I mean if something as little as that disqualifies you for the job, im bummed. Im a really loving and caring person and i really want to be a Dialysis Tech. My grandfather has been on dialysis for yrs and im just eager to learn what he has to deal with 3 days out of the wk. Help me better understand.

  6. I’ve read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot of effort you put to make such a great informative internet site.

  7. I have been in dialysis for 8 yrs as a tech and its a rewarding good paying career

  8. I would love to become a xray, dialysis or pharm tech and would like to learn more. If we could talk more and set up a date to meet I would be greatful. Thanks

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