Texas Dialysis Technician Training Programs

 

Becoming a dialysis technician in Texas is similar to most (although not all) other states.  For starters, a dialysis technician may not represent himself/herself as a dialysis technician unless the requirements have been met.  For those that haven’t completed all that is necessary, they must be designated as trainees until requirements are met.  Not only will they be labeled as trainees, the trainee will only be able to provide dialysis patient care as part of the training program they find themselves in.

A few things are needed for a trainee to become a certified dialysis technician.  First, the individual must have finished high school with a diploma in hand or have a GED equivalent.  Next, some training must have been performed, and finally an exam must be taken and passed for the individual to remove the trainee designation.

In Texas an individual may use experience as a replacement some of the training hours required (but cannot be less than 80 hours of combined clinical training and classroom education).  But for individuals with no previous dialysis patient care, at least eighty hours of classroom and 200 hours of clinical training must be done.

There is no state certification in Texas, so potential dialysis technicians must pass one of the following examinations:

 

  • 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.

 

Most all dialysis facilities will offer training programs for potential dialysis technicians.  So, call two or three in your hometown and inquire of the training process and the costs associated with them.  There is flexibility in the overall costs of getting trained, so don’t be afraid to shop around.  Estimates for a complete training program run around $2,000 for the entire program, including reference material and other supplies.

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