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Renal Dialysis Technician

Renal Dialysis Technician

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-517-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

If this is how you describe yourself, you might be a good candidate for the Renal Dialysis Technician Program:

  • Seeking a career in the health field
  • Compassionate
  • Good communication skills
  • Good technical skills
  • Accurate, alert, and organized
  • Able to work on your feet for many hours
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Able to adhere to high standards of patient care

As a renal dialysis technician, you will operate machines used for hemodialysis, a process that cleanses the blood of people with chronic kidney disease. You will provide patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse. Your specific job responsibilities also would include

  • troubleshooting and basic maintenance of dialysis machines.
  • observing and monitoring patients on dialysis.
  • performing venipuncture of dialysis access.
  • assisting in maintaining a safe and clean environment.
  • collaborating with the registered nurse for patient care.

This program provides you with specific technical knowledge and skills and an understanding of principles and concepts related to chronic kidney disease and the dialysis process. It is certified by The Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology, Inc. (BONENT). Dialysis patient care technicians are required by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to become certified within 18 months of being hired in a dialysis unit.

The number of people relying on dialysis is increasing about 3 percent a year. The medical field needs competent, trained renal dialysis technicians. Employment opportunities are available throughout the U.S. This could be the start of a very rewarding career for you!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 27
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Biology
  • Submit proof of completion of Nursing Assistant training that includes a clinical component. Acceptable documentation is a Nurse Aide Directory card, a transcript or diploma from a technical college, training agency or nursing home. NOTE: The Nursing Assistant class does not qualify for Financial Aid.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

Obtain and maintain current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider level) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer level). Proof must be verified with a current CPR card. Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers, and on-line course certification are not acceptable. Your instructor will ask for a copy of your card on the first day of your clinical courses.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.