Hemodialysis Certification Prep

A. Rashad, Coordinator; V. Persuad, RN, MS, FNP, Nurse Educator, and; A. Calderon, RN, Nurse Educator

Approved by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing & Technology (BONENT) Hemodialysis Education. Designed to prepare for employment in the Hemodialysis industry as Certified Hemodialysis:

Technician (CHT)

Biomedical Technician (CHBT)

Nurse (CHN)

Hemodialysis cleans the blood of waste products and excess fluids by passing the blood through an artificial kidney, or dialyzer, for patients with end-stage renal disease.

Topics per Certification Type: Principles of Hemodialysis, Renal Anatomy and Physiology, Complications of Renal Failure, Renal Nutrition, Lab Work, Vascular Access Care, Infection Control Practices, Water Treatment, Dialyzer Reprocessing, Hemodialysis-Fresenius©-Machine setup, Operation, Disinfection, Management of Alarms, Electronics, Medical Emergencies, Patient Confidentiality, BCLS/CPR, Patient as The Customer, Fire and OSHA Safety, Ergonomics of Lifting, Professional Development, Working As a Team, Administration of Hemodialysis Medications, Anemia Management, Mineral Bone Management and Organ Transplantation.

Prerequisite: 18 years of age or older, High School diploma (or equivalent) or official transcript.

Required Textbook: Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician: A Comprehensive Review of Hemodialysis, 6th Edition, Medical Education Institute, Inc., and American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Manual (ISBN: 9781616694074)

Classes held at the CUNY Flushing Center: 39-07 Prince Street, Suite 2A


Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)

Responsible for providing direct patient care, monitoring the patient and hemodialysis machine, and perform safety checks on the equipment and systems.

AHX-173       32 sessions (132 hours) includes BONENT exam review sessions / $3,000

Mon., Wed., Fri., 6-10pm, Feb. 26-May 18 (skip 3/30; 4/2, 4, 6, 11), and;

Sat., 9am-6pm with 1-hour lunch break, March 24 (BCLS/CPR class) (includes face mask)

Certified Hemodialysis Biomedical Technician (CHBT)

Responsible for maintaining and repairing the hemodialysis machines and water treatment system, inventory management, maintaining facility OSHA and fire safety regulations.  Perform technical in-service of the hemodialysis team.

AHX-177      17 sessions (72 hours) includes BONENT exam review sessions / $2,000

Mon., Wed., Fri., 6-10pm, Feb. 26-April 13 (skip 3/30; 4/2, 4, 6, 11)

Sat., 9am-6pm with 1-hour lunch break, March 24 (BCLS/CPR class) (includes face mask)

Certified Hemodialysis Nurse (CHN)

Responsible for overall patient care. Provide assessment of the patients and their laboratory results, administration of medications and IV solutions. LPNS/LVNS are eligible for the CHN examination upon completion of this BONENT Approved Program. Additional Required Textbook: Review of Hemodialysis for Nurses and Dialysis Personnel, 9th Edition by Judith Z. Kallenbach

Prerequisite: A valid RN or LPN/LVN state license. / Internship: minimum 250 hours (if qualified).

AHX-178      38 sessions (156 hours) includes BONENT exam review sessions / $3,500

Mon., Wed., Fri., 6-10pm, Feb.26-June 1 (skip 3/30; 4/2, 4, 6, 11; 5/28) and;

Sat., 9am-6pm with 1-hour lunch break, March 24 (BCLS/CPR class) (includes face mask)

Students self-register for BONENT examination: Additional $220 for paper & pencil exam or $250 for computer based testing paid directly to BONENT

(CHT exam available in Spanish)

Hemodialysis Technician

What Hemodialysis Technicians Do:

Hemodialysis Technician training can help prepare you for a career in the allied health care field. Hemodialysis technicians are trained and certified to provide direct patient care and operate medical equipment that provides life-saving hemodialysis. Students learn basic human biology and anatomy, as well as develop a vocabulary using medical terminology. Hemodialysis technician training also teaches students how to operate and maintain hemodialysis equipment. Hemodialysis Technicians work in hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, mobile dialysis units, home health care agencies, nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Salary Information:

Median Hourly Wage: $22.10 in New York State

Median Annual Wage: $46,600 in New York State

The lowest 10% earn $13.88 hourly and $28,900  annually in New York State

Career Outlook:

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not provide growth and salary information specifically for dialysis technicians, it does offer data on health technologists/technicians as a group. The BLS projects that jobs for health technologists and technicians will grow by +16% nationally between 2014 and 2024, much faster than the average occupational growth rate.

To speak to an Advisor, contact:
Josephine Troia
Advising, career counseling and job search assistance are offered at no charge to students during and upon completion of any course or program at Queensborough Community College, Division of Pre-College, Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

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