Dialysis Technician Training in Virginia

 

Over the last few years, the state of Virginia has done what many other states have done – upped the ante on dialysis technician requirements.  Across the nation, this move to a higher quality, more-credentialed employee has put a little pressure on the supply of dialysis technicians.  In turn, a larger demand for services (due primarily to the aging baby boomer market) has created a little bit of a shock for some states.  They’re simply struggling to find good dialysis technicians to help with direct dialysis patient care.  Medicare and Medicaid are major funders of dialysis procedures, and they are telling clinics to get their workers certified, or else.

So in the state of Virginia, what exactly is a dialysis technician?  In short, it is one who provides “direct patient care” in a Medicare-certified dialysis facility.  That’s the long and short of it, but dialysis techs will be under the direction of either a physician or RN.

Currently, to practice in the state of Virginia as a dialysis technician, you will have to have passed one of the following examinations.  Each exam is a nationally-recognized certifying examination.

 

  • Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) – High School Diploma or education equivalency (GED), completion of authorized dialysis technician training course and proof of experience.
  • Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT) – High School Diploma or education equivalency (GED), two references and at least 1 year of experience along with completion of an accredited, Bonent-approved dialysis course.
  • Certified in Clinical Nephrology Technology (CCNT) – Also a High School Diploma, Completion of a one year nephrology technology training program with clinical experience and/or completion of a combination nephrology technology training program of less than 1 year and work experience equivalent to 1 year.

 

Finally, any workers who do not have one of the above credentials should not use the term dialysis technician or any other such term that might imply that the employee is in some way certified.

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