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 the best choice program for those who want to become a Dialysis Technician since most dialysis centers want their applicants to be trained formally as a dialysis technician and have their certification. This course is an absolute win for the student seeking employment.
What will students learn?
Basic patient care skills

The patient care technician learning objectives are the following
A. 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

C. Safety/emergency procedures, including the Heimlich maneuver
1. The client environment
2. Safety measures
3. Fire Safety
4. Nursing assistant safety

D. Guidelines for promoting the client’s independence

E. Respecting client’s rights
1. Resident’s rights and responsibilities
2. Providing privacy and maintaining confidentiality
3. Giving assistance in resolving grievances and disputes
4. Providing needed assistance in getting to and participating in facility activities
5. Maintaining care and security of personal belongings
6. Promoting the right to be free from abuse, mistreatment and neglect
7. Reporting any abusive treatment
8. Avoiding use of restraints in accordance with current professional and facility standards

II. 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

3. Respirations
a. Abnormal respirations
b. Counting respirations

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

B. 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

C. Caring for the client’s environment
1. Environment and nursing assistant safety
2. The client environment
3. Safety measures

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

E. Caring for dying clients
1. Five stages of grief
2. Preparation for death
3. Client self-determination
4. Role of nursing assistant
5. Hospice care
6. Physical changes as death approaches
7. Postmortem care
8. Organ donation
9. Autopsy

III. Personal Care skills
A. Bathing
1. Guidelines for client bathing
2. Assisting with tub or shower bath
3. Bed bath
4. Peri-care (male/female)
5. Hand and fingernail care
6. Foot care
7. Bed shampoo

B. Bedmaking
1. Making the unoccupied bed
2. Making the occupied bed

C. Grooming/oral care
1. Routine oral care
2. Special oral hygiene
3. Denture care
4. Daily shaving
5. Hair care

D. Dressing
1. Guidelines for dressing and undressing the client
2. Use of assistive devices

E. Toileting
1. Elimination needs
2. Giving and removing a bedpan
3. Giving and removing a urinal
4. Assisting with the use of the bedside commode
5. Providing catheter care

F. Maintaining and restoring musculo-skeletal function
1. Range of motion exercises
2. Care and use of prosthetic and orthotic devices
3. Methods of fall prevention

G. Assisting with eating and hydration
1. Nutritional needs and diet modifications
2. Normal nutrition
3. Essential nutrients
4. Six food groups
5. Basic diets
6. Supplements and nourishment
7. Recognizing weight loss
8. Fluid balance
9. Providing fresh water
10. Recognizing signs of dehydration

11. Alternative nutrition
12. Measuring and recording intake and output
13. Proper feeding techniques
a. feeding the client
b. assisting the client with self feeding
c. use of assistive devices
d. feeding dependent client

14. Reporting weight loss, decreased food and fluid intake, and decreased urine output.
H. Skin care
1. Integumentary system structures
2. Skin functions
3. Aging changes
4. Skin lesions
5. Guidelines for preventing pressure ulcers

I. 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

IV. Mental Health and Social Service Needs
A. Nursing assistant’s response to client behavior
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

B. Meeting the spiritual and cultural needs of clients

C. 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

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

E. Recognizing the family as a source of emotional support
1. Traditions
2. Client/family teaching

F. 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

V. 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
I. Bowel and bladder training
order of draw
specimen preparation and handling
blood pressure
pulse oximetry
neuro checks
Electrocardiogram monitoring and applying the leads
Dialysis training
How to care for the patient on dialysis
Fluid and Electrolytes
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
Mental health and depression associated with the dialysis patient


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.

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