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Georgia Dialysis Technician Schools - GA

Dialysis technicians administer treatments to patients with kidney problems. According to the National Kidney Foundation, they may perform dialyzer reprocessing, perform equipment maintenance and repair, and provide some direct patient care, particularly when certified.

Dialysis technician training schools in Georgia

The National Kidney foundation reports that dialysis technicians can learn on the job, through employer-sponsored training programs or through vocational schools, including dialysis technician schools in Georgia. These programs may not only prepare future technicians to administer dialysis treatments in hospitals or out-patient facilities, but also help them prepare for certification. Programs can and do vary, but may include the following types of courses:

  • Introduction to health care
  • Introduction to computers
  • Hemodialysis patient care
  • Hemodialysis practicum

Students may need only a high school diploma or an equivalent credential to be admitted to most dialysis technician programs. Students can learn more about program requirements and specifics by contacting dialysis technician schools in Georgia directly.

Dialysis technician certification programs and requirements

The National Kidney Foundation reports that as of 2008, the conditions for coverage established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made certification mandatory for dialysis technicians providing direct patient care. Technicians who do not provide direct patient care and who do not set up dialysis machines for treatment were excluded from this requirement. There are a number of organizations that certify dialysis technicians, each with their own requirements and processes. The Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology, for instance, offers a three-hour, 150-question certification exam that covers themes like patient care, machine technology, water treatment and dialyzer reprocessing. Candidates must have a high school diploma and have had at least 12 months experience in the field. Dialysis technician schools in Georgia may be able to help students prepare for this and similar certification exams. The National Association of Nephrology Technicians and Technologists maintains a list of national dialysis technician certification organizations.

Dialysis technician salary and career trends

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) places dialysis technicians in a broader category of health technologists and technicians when compiling salary and career data, so it does not offer employment numbers for dialysis techs specifically. Projections Central, which cites BLS data, projects that demand for health technicians, including dialysis technicians, will grow by 16.8 percent in Georgia between 2010 and 2020, and 23.2 percent nationally for the same period.

As for earnings, the BLS reports that health technologists and technicians earned a median hourly wage of $19.67 nationally in May, 2013; Georgia health technologists and technicians earned a median hourly wage of $18.95 that same year. Note that a number of factors can influence one's earnings, like location, education and experience.

Sources:

Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician (CHT), Examinations, Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology, http://www.bonent.org/cht.php

Dialysis Technician: Job Description and Role, National Kidney Foundation, December, 2010, http://www.kidney.org/professionals/cnnt/techcnnt.cfm

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other: Georgia, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ga.htm

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other, Long Term State Occupational Projections: Georgia, Projection Central, May, 2012, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292099.htm

Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist Program, Central Georgia Technical College, http://acadweb.centralgatech.edu/programs/hemodialysis/

National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists, http://www.dialysistech.net/

Standard Occupational Classification: Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, March 11, 2010, http://www.bls.gov/soc/2010/soc292099.htm

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