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Hemodialysis Technician

Hemodialysis technicians help make their patients lives better. Study to become one at Chemeketa's state of the art Yamhill Valley Campus.

Potential Salary$50,000

topics Health Sciences

Skills & InterestHelping People

CareersHealth Sciences

  • A student in a lab coat and gloves operates medical machinery

Why choose program or class?

End state renal disease patients spend several hours at a time connected to machines that replace the function of kidneys. These machines filter and clean the patient’s blood of wastes. Technicians operate these machines under the guidance of a nurse or physician.

If you want a healthcare career that directly helps improve the lives of patients, being a hemodialysis technician may be for you. Chemeketa will provide you with the skills and training to make a difference in people's lives.

What will you learn?

You will learn how to work as a technician in a hemodialysis facility. Program content includes learning how to –

  • Provide safe hemodialysis treatments
  • Provide treatment in a professional manner
  • Meet state and federal standards for treating patients safely
  • Provide first aid and CPR
  • Prepare to sit for certification as a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT)

The program will teach you these things in different settings –

  • Classroom learning
  • Lab learning
  • Clinical placement in dialysis facilities

What will you do?

Most technicians work in specialized outpatient clinics or hospital units. There are about 50 outpatient clinics in Oregon.

  • Admission Requirements

    You must meet these qualifications to be considered for admission to the Hemodialysis Technician program –

    Proof of Reading 115 Competency

    Completion with a grade "C" or better of RD 080/085 or RD 090; or placement into RD 115+ on Chemeketa placement test OR proof of an Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. 

    Proof of Math 060 Competency

    Completion with a grade "C" or better of MTH 020; or placement into MTH 060+ on Chemeketa placement test OR proof of an Associate degree of higher from a regionally accredited institution. 

    Proof of Writing 090 Competency

    Completion with a grade "C" or better of WR 080; or placement into WR 090+ on Chemeketa placement test OR proof of an Associate degree of higher from a regionally accredited institution. 

    Proof of High School/GED Completion

    Copy of high school diploma, GED, or high school transcripts showing graduation date.

    Documentation of Experience

    Copy of your professional resume.

    Background Check and Drug Test

    All accepted students must –

    • Pass a background check
    • Pass a 10 panel urinalysis drug test
    • Show proof of certain immunizations
  • Apply for Admission

    Applications are posted about five months before the beginning of each open enrollment period. 

    The top 30 highest scoring applicants will be offered a tentative spot in the cohort. We will also select up to 20 alternates from the remaining applicants. 

    If you have questions about the application process, please email Renae Burger.

    Our next cohort will begin winter term 2019. Applications and acceptance dates will be posted here in July 2018. 

  • REQUIRED CLASSES

    You may earn a certificate of completion by successfully completing the required 41 credit hours with a grade of "C" or better in all courses –

    • HM 120: Medical Terminology 1-3 credits
    • MTH 060: Introductory Algebra (or higher)-4 credits
    • PSY 101: Psychology of Human Relations (or higher)-4 credits
    • WR 090: Fundamentals of Writing (or higher)-4 credits
    • HEM 101: Hemodialysis Technology 1-13 credits
    • HEM 102: Hemodialysis Technology 2-13 credits

    * It is recommended that all general education classes be completed when you apply to the program so you can focus solely on the Hemodialysis classes, but they can also be taken concurrently while you are in the program.

  • Attend an Information Session

    Attend one of our upcoming information sessions where program faculty will talk about the application and scoring process, what it's like to be a hemodialysis technician, and answer any questions you might have. 

    Upcoming information session dates –

    • None scheduled at this time, please check back summer and fall 2018
  • Tuition & Fees
    Approximate cost for Hemodialysis Technician program at Chemeketa 2017-2018

    Hemodialysis Technician Program Specific classes

    • HEM 101 (13 credits)- Offered Winter Terms
      • Tuition: $1,092 Universal credit fee: $195
      • Additional class fees: $613
      • Total= $1,900.00 

    • HEM 102 (13 credits) Offered Spring Terms
      • Tuition:$1,092 Universal credit fee: $195
      • Additional class fees: $576
      • Total= $1,863.00

    • Tuition/fees total for Hemodialysis classes: $3,763
      • HEM Book Cost: Included in your HEM 101 class fees. Book is handed out on the first day of class. $180 of class fees is non-refundable (books, scrubs)
      • General Education Classes: This is just for tuition and universal fees. Some classes have additional fees. 

    • HM 120 Medical Terminology 1 (3 credits)
      • Tuition: $252 Universal credit fee: $45

    • MTH 060 or higher ( 4 credits)
      • Tuition: $336 Universal credit fee: $60

    • PSY 101 or higher ( 4 credits)
      • Tuition: $336 Universal credit fee: $60

    • WR 090 or higher ( 4 credits)
      • Tuition: $336 Universal credit fee: $60

    • Approximate General education classes Tuition/fee total: $1,485
      • Book and supplies: Book prices constantly change, but for all above general education classes approximately $500. Depending on what source you use to find books, you can look these up on the Chemeketa bookstore website.

    Total approximate Hemodialysis Technician Program costs for tuition & fees: $ 5,248.
    Subject to change