Hemodialysis Technician Certificate

Prepares students for employment as hemodialysis technicians in outpatient settings such as hospitals or dialysis centers.

Focuses on the hemodialysis technician’s role of providing basic renal care for clients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

Students participate in theoretical and practical preparation in the duties and responsibilities of a hemodialysis technician. The program includes a practicum in a dialysis facility to provide students an opportunity to develop and practice the skills of the hemodialysis technician and participate as a team.

Clinical hours vary, depending on the facility assigned; students may be assigned to day or evening shifts. Clinical sites are located throughout Western Washington.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Hemodialysis Technician certificate, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of vascular access. 
  • Recognize the importance of complying with government CMS standards.
  • Describe the basic scientific principles of diffusion and osmosis related to dialysis.
  • Compare normal and abnormal kidney function.
  • Explain theory, principles, and complications as they relate to end-stage renal failure.
  • Demonstrate setup and operation of a dialysis machine per policy and procedure. 
  • Use computers for patient charting.
  • Perform dialysis procedures in a professional manner.
  • Prepare dialysate solutions for hemodialysis treatments.
  • Use phlebotomy skills to draw blood specimens for analysis in a laboratory

Physical Activity Requirements

This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 lbs. (occasionally up to 50 lbs.). Technicians are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, student technicians must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from a bed to a chair, commode, or cart.

Employability Requirements

Certified hemodialysis technicians must complete and pass approved program and certification exam. Graduates must meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for certification. Seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-827. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is also required.

Program Length

This program is a combination of on-line, classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.  It program is approximately three quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Day Program: Fall and spring quarters.

Completion Requirements


Documentation of immunizations, including Hepatitis B series plus positive titer; Tetanus/Diphtheria; 2 step TB test; Measles/Mumps/Rubella (two injections or one injection plus a positive titer for measles, mumps, and rubella); Varicella immunization or positive titer; annual influenza immunization; and H1N1 immunization. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/ or clinical facility policies. All immunization records will be uploaded to Certified Background. All immunizations/prerequisite(s) must be completed before clinical placement (third quarter).

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of insurance.

Students must maintain an 80 percent or above in all tech courses to continue in the program.

Students must have a high school diploma or transcript or high school equivalency diploma prior to program entry. In order to participate in the clinical aspects of the program the student must receive a “No Record On File” report related to crimes against persons from the Washington State Patrol and meet the requirements for the facility that they may be assigned to. (Some clinic sites require that you pass a drug screening and their own background checks.) A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check.

Successful completion of ENG 091 or equivalent and placement scores showing readiness to go into MAT 092 or equivalent.

Program Course List

HDT 106Patient Calculations


HDT 108Health Information Technology in Patient Services


HDT 116Computer Applications/Keyboarding


HDT 123Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy & Physiology


HDT 130Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures I


HDT 142Water Treatment for Hemodialysis


HDT 150Vascular Access


HDT 151Professional Interaction


HDT 153Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures II


HDT 160Clinical Practicum I


HDT 165Clinical Practicum II


PHLEB 114Phlebotomy Program


COLL 102College Success for All


Total Credit Hours:44