Becoming a Dialysis Technician is relatively simpler than other health care careers today. This can be mainly attributed to a relatively relaxed training program as well as a growing number of educational institutes, online campuses and medical establishments offering training to become a dialysis technician. Another important reason for the popularity is because the duties and responsibilities of a dialysis technician are somewhat lighter when compared to other health care careers. People who are looking to break into the health care industry also find being a Dialysis Technician attractive for all the reasons mentioned above. Some look at it as a stepping stone towards a more advanced career in the health care industry.
For all those that are planning on becoming dialysis technicians in the near future, the path or steps you have to take are relatively simple. We have detailed out the Requirements for a Dialysis Technician which might help. In the beginning however, to be successful, two things are very important, your education and the practical experience you accumulate via on the job training and/or internship.
You have a variety of choice when it comes to education. You can choose from community colleges, specialized medical schools and colleges to even online training. There is a slight difference in course ware across states and the duration also varies. There are courses that last just 6 months to courses that take 2 years to complete. Choosing your training institution is important. Decide on your future goals first before deciding on an educational institute. Are you looking at a more advanced health care career for yourself? If yes, then a 2 year course might be your best option. Will my course also include practical exposure? Can I afford to dedicate the time required to study and graduate? These are but a few questions you should be asking before you decide on the exact nature and institute for your education
Your training will not only cover the use, care and maintenance of the dialyzer machine and equipment but also cover various health care related subjects such as human anatomy and physiology, kidney care, hemodialysis, patient care, human psychology, vascular access and emergency response. These subjects are important as dialysis technicians are expected to not only operate equipment but also take care of patients during a dialysis sessions. You must be well prepared to face setbacks and medical emergencies during which you are expected to perform the necessary response.
Like we mentioned earlier, there are many schools that offer dialysis technician courses. An important tip to keep in mind when scouting for a campus to enroll in is to choose one that is accredited by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission. Accredited campuses provide up-to-date lessons, the latest news and information and adopt the newest technologies in the field of work.
Hands on exposure is vital in any health care career and Dialysis Technician is no different. Your best bet to accumulate vital practical experience is to find a good internship or enroll yourself at an institute that offers on the job training. Some internships are sponsored by schools, particularly those that are partnered with a medical establishment. On the job training mostly though is your responsibility. Finding an external medical establishment where you as a student can train and practice your skills is the only other way you can hope to gain experience. Getting the experience of actual work is critical and people with live field experience will find it relatively easy to land a suitable position.
Certification & Licensing
Before you can start working though, Dialysis Technicians must pass the BONENT certification. You can only take up the certification exam after you’ve completed your training. Once you clear your certification, you then have to appear for your state licensing exam conducted by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission. Certification and licensing is now a mandatory requirement in order to work as a dialysis technician.
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