Iowa Dialysis Technician Training Program


Under a broad supervision by a Nurse or physician, a dialysis technician in Iowa must complete several requirements before being acknowledged as such.  For starters, an individual must have some experience.  In fact, an individual looking to become a dialysis technician must have a year of experience as a technician.

Next some sort of renal dialysis training program approved by the state of Iowa must be completed.  During the training program you will learn not only how to operate a dialysis machine, you will also learn many helpful things about patient relationships and sanitation issues that benefit all parties involved.  Generally, you will be able to find an Iowa approved dialysis technician training program at various dialysis facilities across the state.  For those in Sioux City, a dialysis training program is offered by TriStateNursing.  For those in Des Moines, check out the Davita Central Des Moines Dialysis training center.  Kirkwood Dialysis Training Center offers training programs in Cedar Rapids.  Call first, get the all-in costs, and don’t be afraid to shop around for the best training program for you

After completion of an Iowa approved dialysis training program, you will then gain final certification via taking the CCHT examination.  This exam is sanctioned by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission NNCC.  Examination sites for the CCHT are currently located in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and W. Des Moines.  These locations may change from time to time, but these are the 2012 locations.  You must be certified by the NNCC within eighteen months of date of hire.

After completion of all of the above, you will be able to apply for your Iowa dialysis technician certification.  You will have the minimum competency regarding dialysis technician issues involving sanitation, dialysis indicators, graphs, communication with patients, record-keeping and data entry skills appropriate for being a successful dialysis tech.

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