Dialysis Technician

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Dialysis treatment makes the difference between life and death for patients who suffer from renal (kidney) failure. The Prairie State College (PSC) Dialysis Technician healthcare vocational certificate course is designed to teach students how to administer this life-sustaining procedure, a process that cleanses the blood of metabolic waste products.

Upon successful completion of the Dialysis Technician healthcare vocational certificate course, students will receive a certificate of completion.


The course prepares students for entry-level employment in a kidney dialysis center. Course content includes medical terminology, anatomy, renal function, and principles of renal dialysis.

Patients generally receive dialysis at a hospital or clinic, with an attending healthcare professional present while the technician operates the medical equipment. Students training to be dialysis technicians will learn to prep patients, give local anesthesia, monitor patients’ progress and create written reports for the doctor. Students also will learn how to maintain and operate the equipment used for dialysis. CPR training is included in the tuition cost.


Occupations and industries related to healthcare are projected to add the most jobs during the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in healthcare fields (including dialysis technician positions) to increase by 18 percent, or 15.6 million, through 2024.

Experiential learning opportunities may be available for students who successfully complete the Dialysis Technician healthcare vocation certificate course. Students must also consent to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements.

Refer to the current course schedule for course dates and times or visit prairiestate.edu/noncredit.

For more information: wdceprofessions@prairiestate.edu or call 708-709-2957.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) has helped many individuals obtain new job skills and training to make them more employable. If you meet the eligibility requirements and funding is available, WIOA may help pay for your tuition, books, and other fees associated with college courses. The Dialysis Technician Program is approved for WIOA funding for eligible individuals. For more information on WIOA, call (708) 709-7975.