Acquiring the title of dialysis technician in the state of California is a little more challenging there than it is in some other states. In fact California is a state that has its own dialysis technician exam offered by the California Dialysis Council. In California, three things are required for an individual to hold themselves out as a dialysis technician. Here they are:
- The individual wanting to become a dialysis technician must have a high school diploma. A GED is allowed for this criteria of course.
- A training program approved by the state of California must have been completed. For your benefit, here is a link to a list of approved training courses. There are actually hundreds, and they’re spread out all over California – including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Kern, Imperial, Monterry, Orange, Merced, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz. Again, please refer to the link above in order to find contact information for dialysis training programs near you.
- Finally, to become a dialysis technician, you must pass an authorized examination. The state of California gives potential techs the option of four different exams to take to satisfy this requirement. A passing score is absolutely required to satisfy this requirement, but you may take any of these exams as many times as you like. These four exams include:
- The California Dialysis Council Exam (PCT Exam)
- The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission offers a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician, or CCHT.
- An examination offered by the Board of Nephrology Examiners for Nursing and Technology (CHT Examination).
- An examination offered by the National Nephrology Certification Organization called the CCNT.
Dialysis technician salaries in California register a little higher in the state than an average of other states. However, even within the state there area lot of differences reported. For example, if you’re a dialysis tech in San Jose or Salinas, you should expect to be paid more than if you were a dialysis tech in Los Angeles. Benefits other than salary will most likely be similar across the state of California.