Dialysis is a medical procedure that acts as an artificial kidney by removing waste from the blood and excess fluids from the body when kidney failure or disease prevents them from do so.

Dialysis technicians are responsible for operating the machines that do this and monitoring the patients undergoing treatment.

Dialysis technicians also prep patients, give local anesthesia, monitor patients’ progress and create written reports for the doctor. Without dialysis, patients with renal failure would have few options; dialysis technicians help these patients reclaim life, one dialysis at a time.

Dialysis technicians work primarily in hospitals or clinics, and sometimes in patients’ private homes. They usually work 40-hour weeks, although they may also work part time with more flexible hours. Dialysis technicians must work under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Those who work in 24-hour hospitals and clinics may have to work some evenings and weekends.

1 semester credit, 20 hours (20 lecture)

Student learn the principles of peritoneal dialysis; the principles of ultra-filtration, diffusion, and convective solute transport. By the end of this course students will be able to describe the process of peritoneal dialysis, the indications, dialysis required and the various complications. Prerequisites: HD101, HD102, HD103, HD104, HD105

1 semester credit, 20 hours (20 lecture)

Students learn the principles of renal transplantation. By the end of this course students will be able to state the advantages and disadvantages of a renal transplant, explain the contraindications to transplantation, describe electrolyte abnormalities after transplantations, and explain the evaluation process for a potential kidney transplant recipient. Prerequisites: HD101, HD102, HD103