Midwestern Career College’s Dialysis Technologist program offers students proficient clinical skills and knowledge to function as an entry-level dialysis technician and to perform dialysis on patients whose kidneys are failing to function.
Dialysis consists of filtering blood to remove waste and then reintroducing the blood back into the circulatory system. The goal of dialysis treatment is to help patients with end-stage renal diseases (ESRD) to live healthier, more active lives.
Dialysis is provided by a team consisting of technicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers and doctors. Dialysis technologists have more direct contact than any other medical team member and assume increasing responsibility for the safety and well-being of the patients during dialysis in the centers. Dialysis technologists initiate, monitor and terminate dialysis treatments under supervision of a registered nurse or physician.
MCC’s Dialysis Technologist program merges clinical, technical and theoretical aspects of the principles of dialysis, anatomy and physiology of the kidney, vascular accesses, renal dialysis procedures, reprocessing, and water treatment, all of which improve the technologist’s ability to care for and communicate with patients.
The program also includes both classroom and clinical training to become a certified phlebotomy technician.
|MCC’s Dialysis Technologist program is approved by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT).|
- Demonstrate the principles of dialysis and skills necessary to provide safe and effective care to the individuals undergoing dialysis treatments
- Understand the process of operating dialysis equipment and alternate dialysis procedures
- Assess any complications with an understanding of the problems and techniques to address the concern
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal conduct
- Effectively document and report dialysis treatment interventions and outcomes
- Deliver patient education in support of overall treatment goals
- Understand basic chemistry of body fluids and electrolytes related to dialysis
- Understand and explain the importance of infection control in the dialysis setting
Dialysis technology is a great career choice. You can complete this program in as little as 40 weeks. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for dialysis technicians on Indeed and Monster.com.
Students of this program may complete an optional 220-clock-hour externship at one of our affiliated dialysis centers or hospitals.
Graduates of this program are eligible for:
- MCC Certificate of Completion
- National certification as a Certified Hemodialysis Technologist (CHT) from the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT) upon completion of 220 hours of externship
- National certification as a National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
- National certification as a Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) by the American Medical Technologists
New ESRD rules and regulations approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services states that patient care dialysis technologists must be certified under state certification programs.