Online Dialysis Technician Certification

Location: online: student is granted access to program upon registration Instructor: Nancy Kimmel

Online Dialysis Technician Certification


This is a dialysis technician course. Students have up to 6 months to complete the course.

Online Dialysis Technician class

Online Dialysis Technician Certification


This is phlebotomy career training’s program for those who want to become a Dialysis Technician. Most dialysis centers want their applicants to be trained formally as dialysis technicians, and/ or have their certification, so this course can be used to fill that gap. This course is available to patient care technicians and CNAs (certified nurse assistants) with 6 months of experience/ shadowing in a nephrology/ dialysis setting.

What will students learn?

The patient care technician learning objectives are the following:

I. Acute Renal failure, cardiac and renal pharmacology, introduction to dialysis, dialysis overview of patient assessment, end stage renal failure, renal anatomy.  Cannulation and how to recognize aneurysms, assessment of the fistual, types of dialysis (peritoneal, hemodialysis, night time dialysis.  Central venous catheter complications, hemodynamics of dialysis, machine operation controls, priming the IV line, calculation of fluid removal based upon last dry weight and current wet weight.

II. Dialysis training
How to care for the patient on dialysis
Fluid and Electrolytes (metabolic/respiratory acidosis and alkalosis)
Pathophysiology of the renal system
Assessment of the dialysis patient
How to treat and recognize hypovolemia
how to treat and recognize hypervolemia
How to treat and recognize hyper/hypoglycemia
Calculations on fluid removal
Hemodialysis machine components
Chronic renal failure
acute renal failure
The needs of the dialysis patient
Dialysis nutrition goals for the renal patient
Comorbidities associated with the dialysis patient, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, peripheral venous disease, diabetes, hemophilia, congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis,HIV, Mental health and depression associated with the dialysis patient.  Challenges of the bariatric patient, those patients with dementia.

III. Communication and interpersonal skills

1. Communication in health care
2. Communicating with staff members
3. Guidelines for communicating with clients

B. Infection Control

1. Chain of infection
2. Body defenses
3. Viral infections
4. Bacterial infections
5. Guidelines for preventing infections
6. Self-care

(IV.) Basic Nursing Skills

A. Taking and recording vital signs

1. Body temperature
a. Definitions of body temperature
b. Temperature control
c. Measuring body temperature
d. Clinical thermometers
e. Guidelines for using oral and rectal thermometers
f. Guidelines for safe use of a glass thermometer
2. Pulse
a. Sites for taking a pulse
b. Using a stethoscope
c. Pulse rate
d. Rhythm and force of pulse
e. Taking a radial pulse
f. Taking an apical pulse

(V.) Respirations

a. Abnormal respirations
b. Counting respirations

(VI.) Blood pressure

a. Factors affecting blood pressure
b. Equipment
c. Measuring blood pressure

(VII.) Measuring and recording height and weight

1. Guidelines for obtaining accurate weight and height
2. upright scale
3. electronic scale
4. bed scale
5. chair scale

(VIII.) Caring for the client’s environment

1. Environment and nursing assistant safety
2. The client environment
3. Safety measures

(IX.) Reporting and recording observations

1. Making observations
2. Reporting changes in client condition
3. Documentation

(X.) Caring for Dying Clients/ Bed Ridden Patients

A. Five stages of grief

B. Nutritional needs and diet modifications

1. Normal nutrition
2. Essential nutrients
3. Six food groups
4. Basic diets
5. Supplements and nourishment
6. Recognizing weight loss
7. Fluid balance
8. Fluid restriction
9. Recognizing signs of dehydration

10. Alternative nutrition
11. Measuring and recording intake and output
12. Reporting weight loss, decreased food and fluid intake, and decreased urine output.
Skin care
13. Integumentary system structures
14. Skin functions
15. Aging changes
16. Skin lesions
17. Guidelines for preventing pressure ulcers

C. Positioning, moving, transferring, ambulating
1. Body mechanics for client and nursing assistant
2. Transfer skills
a. Moving
b. Lifting
3. Guidelines for safe transfers
4. Use of transfer belts
5. Use of assistive devices: cane, walker, crutches
6. Positioning
a. Fowler’s position
b. Supine position
c. Side-lying (lateral)
d. Prone position
e. Sims’ position

6. Moving the client
a. Moving client up on bed
b. Moving client to side of bed

7. Transfers
a. Bed to wheelchair – one person assist
b. Stretcher transfers
c. Toilet transfers
d. Tub transfers
e. Car transfers
8. Assisting the client to ambulate
9. Preventing falls

D. Mental Health and Social Service Needs

1. Care for the demanding client
2. Care for the client experiencing emotional distress
3. Modifying own behavior in response to client behavior

4. Assisting the client to cope
5. Reporting client concerns

E. Meeting the spiritual and cultural needs of clients

F. Awareness of developmental tasks associated with the aging process

1. Normal changes of aging
2. Developmental tasks of the elderly
3. Adaptations necessary to accommodate the aging process

G. Allowing personal choices

1. Respect for human dignity
2. Safety issues
3. Exercise, activity, and recreation needs

H. Recognizing the family as a source of emotional support

1. Traditions
2. Client/family teaching

(XI.) Care of the cognitively impaired client

1. Techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of client with dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease and others)
2. Care for the emotionally stressed client
3. Mental health
4. Defense mechanisms
5. Maladaptive behavior
6. Alcoholism
7. The cognitively impaired client
a. Communicating effectively with the cognitively impaired client
b. Understanding behavior
c. Responding appropriately to behavior
d. Reducing the effects of cognitive impairment

(XII.) Basic Restorative Services

A. Rehabilitation and restorative services
B. Interdisciplinary health care team
C. Principles of rehabilitation
D. Training the client in self-care according to client abilities
E. Complications of inactivity
F. Restorative programs
G. Guidelines for implementing restorative programs
H. Use of assistive devices




Patient care background is a requirement for this course. Students who have worked in homecare, direct care, or as a certified or non certified nursing assistant. 6 months of work in a dialysis setting is recommended

Online access to patient care technician course and dialysis technician course

  • Dialysis notebook prepared by instructor which includes handouts, assignments, and reading
  • Access to our job board and resume templates

About Your Instructor
Nancy Kimmel