Hemodialysis Technician

Hemodialysis technicians, also often known as dialysis technicians, work closely with doctors and nurses to provide patient care to people with permanent kidney failure. This asynchronous online hemodialysis technician certification course provides the didactic and clinical requirements needed to develop the skills necessary to fulfill the job requirements of a hemodialysis technician.

The hemodialysis technician course, which includes medical terminology, prepares you for an entry-level...

12 Months / 205 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES1079

What you will learn

  • To describe how to evaluate the patient pre- and post-treatment as well as evaluate, intervene, and manage treatment for the patient
  • To describe how to properly set up and maintain a dialysis machine and how to evaluate proper machine operation, including documenting compliance for maintenance records
  • To describe the components and design of typical water treatment systems and discuss the steps to maintain, monitor, and evaluate water treatment systems
  • To explain how to maintain a clean and safe patient environment, identify precautions used in dialysis, and how to implement isolation procedures
  • To identify professional development opportunities for continuing education and discuss quality-related issues, proper documentation, and communication skills needed in a dialysis setting

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for the Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) exam offered by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT)
  • Obtain soft skills such as communication, computer literacy, etc. are integrated in the course
  • Gain a new job, clinical experience, or achieve a promotion within 120 days of completing the program
  • Opportunity to share what you learn with others to improve the overall understanding of dialysis
  • Obtain your CPR certification from the Red Cross—included in your course

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 205 course hours
  1. Medical Terminology
    1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
    2. The Musculoskeletal System
    3. The Cardiovascular System
    4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Digestive System
    7. The Urinary System
    8. The Nervous System
    9. The Special Senses: The Eyes and Ears
    10. The Integumentary System
    11. The Endocrine System
    12. The Reproductive System
    13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  2. Hemodialysis Technician
    1. Introduction to Hemodialysis
    2. The Normal Kidney and Kidney Disease Changes
    3. Manifestations of Chronic Kidney Disease and Acute Kidney Injury
    4. Infection Control
    5. Principles of Hemodialysis
    6. Dialyzers, Dialysate, and Dialysis Delivery Machines
    7. Water Treatment in Hemodialysis
    8. Patient Care and Data Collection
    9. Vascular Access Care
    10. Pre-Treatment Care in Hemodialysis
    11. Medications and Laboratory Testing in Hemodialysis
    12. Patient Care and Machine Management During Hemodialysis Treatment
    13. Post-Hemodialysis Treatment Care
    14. Your Role in Patient Education
    15. Clinical Quality in Dialysis
    16. Professional Development

Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Sharon L. Blackford

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a Master's degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.

Stacey O'Brien

Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.

Leahnata Davis

Dr. Leahnata Davies has been a nurse public health expert and nurse leader for over 20 years. Her teaching philosophy for health education is grounded and intertwined with her philosophy of nursing. Her hands-on experience in the nursing field has shaped the kind of teacher and mentor she hopes to be. She would like to set a foundation integrated with evidence-based practice to provide the basis of professional practice while supporting students' emotional, intellectual, and educational needs. Her desire to teach is twofold: She is committed to improving care for patients but also wants to continue to share her love of learning and passion for addressing the needs of the community, the healthcare system, and the learners. As an educator, she hopes to accomplish this through critical engagement, collaboration, and lifelong learning. Her health care experience includes progressive experience in clinical and public health, healthcare administration, case management, health education, and instruction. As a public health expert,

Dr. Davies has extensive experience assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the delivery of optimal care and services in diverse healthcare settings, including managing and executing government-funded care programs. In addition to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Science from Walden University, Dr. Davies holds a Master of Public Health degree from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Felician College, Lodi, NJ.

Kate Moura Dos Santos

Kate Moura Dos Santos currently resides along the east coast in the beautiful state of Vermont. She started her career in the medical field in 1981 in the US ARMY as an active-duty Medical Secretary. After an honorable discharge, she became a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) and Home Health Aide. She has worked in various capacities and disciplines including Med Surg, Neurology, ICU, Cardiac ICU, inpatient facilities as well as skilled nursing facilities, private homes, inpatient psych units and Alzheimer's memory units. She became so confident in her skills as an LNA, that in 2001, she became owner and operator of "Changing Seasons Home Health Care". She realized while operating her home care business, that she enjoyed teaching and training others in becoming proficient as an LNA, home health care aide.

Alexis M. Ramirez

Alexis M Ramirez, DNP, MSN, NPD-BC, CCRN has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for many years in cardiovascular critical care as well as taught in the acute care and academic settings. In addition to serving the community through care delivery, she has trained Patient Care Assistants, Monitor Technicians, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Registered Nurses throughout her career.

Dr. Ramirez completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from California State University, Fresno in 2021. She completed her master's in nursing education from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2014. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and as a Critical Care Nurse.

Betty Stahl

Betty Stahl holds a doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University. Over the past several years, she has taught pharmacy technician programs at ASA College in New York City and ACT in Arlington, Virginia. Stahl has also worked as a pharmacist in independent and hospital settings.

Pam Ball

Pam Ball has nearly 30 years as a master's level prepared registered nurse specializing in Nephrology Nursing. Throughout her career, she has trained over 1500 nurses and technicians on providing safe and quality care for renal failure patients.

Pam resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and a rescue dog named Sumo. She is blessed with three adult children and two grandchildren, that keep them quite busy. They enjoy time together outside and love annual beach trips. Her favorite hobby is making crafts with her grandchildren.

Pam graduated from Excelsior College in 2014 and started her doctrine degree at South College in the fall of 2023. She believes knowledge is power and we should never stop learning.

Mary Mould

Mary Mould has a bachelor's in veterinary technology and a master's in education. She has taught veterinary technology courses for 22 years and distance education for over 24 years. Completing her education through distance learning has been extremely helpful in understanding her students and the variables that go along with distance learning.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


To register for this course, you must be 18 years of age or older.

Certification Requirements:

Because of the prominent role Medicare and Medicaid play in funding the treatment of end stage renal disease, federal statutes should consider the minimum requirements in states without formal regulations on dialysis centers and personnel. BONENT certification standards, to which the ed2go program conforms, comply with these federal standards. The hemodialysis technician course does not meet requirements in KY, MD, NM, OH, OR, SD, and WV.



Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
  • To participate in the competency activities and receive feedback from your instructor, you will need to have access to a video camera (on the phone or other device of familiarity) and be able to upload the video as an .mp4 file to the assignment pages for review. These activities are required in order to pass the course successfully.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Medical Terminology course:

  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions,
  • Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Hemodialysis Technician course:

  • Review of Hemodialysis for Nurses and Dialysis Personnel
  • Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician
  • Custom Hemodialysis Kit

Hemodialysis technicians are also often referred to as dialysis technicians. Hemodialysis technicians assist MDs and RNs, providing patient care to patients with permanent kidney failure (end-stage renal disease).

The Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT) Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician examination measures technical proficiency in certain skills and general areas of knowledge. The examination tests the following five major domains of practice and tasks performed in the scope of hemodialysis technology: Domain. Weight. Patient Care.

BONENT has approved specific nephrology educational programs. If you successfully complete the ed2go Hemodialysis Technician course, you may apply to take the CHT BONENT certification exam. ed2go is listed as an approved training program on BONET Approved Training Programs.

Within the course, you will have the opportunity to apply to attend a Red Cross workshop to obtain your CPR/BLS certification.

Yes. You will be prepared for the Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician examination offered by Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT). Exam not included.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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Our program has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT). BONET is an international organization of registered nurses and technicians dedicated to the promotion and advancement of excellence in the field of nephrology through highly specialized credentialing exams and continuing education programs.