How to Become a Dialysis Technician in Ohio

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Health care professions are on the rise across the country and are the highest paying service jobs available today. Dialysis technicians are just one type of healthcare service position that you can pursue without an advanced degree or years of schooling. This article outlines the steps to becoming a certified Dialysis Technician in the state of Ohio and also gives tips for finding jobs and advancing in the field.

  • There are two approaches to becoming a dialysis technician. The first approach involves getting a nursing degree and then completing training seminars or on the job training to become proficient in dialysis techniques.

    While this is a typical approach to becoming a dialysis technician, it is not the only way. In fact, getting a nursing degree to pursue a job as a dialysis technician takes much longer and is in most cases unnecessary (as we will see below).

    The second method of becoming a dialysis technician involves taking a training course at a vocational school or community college and then completing on the job training.

  • All states require nurses to be licensed and certified, but only some states require dialysis technicians to be certified. Ohio does have a requirement of certification, but there is no statewide certification program available. Instead, the state regulatory agencies rely on the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing/Technology (BONENT) or the National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO) certification programs. There is also a voluntary certification program available from the National Association of NephrologyTechnicians/Technologists. Visit the links below to find a testing location and scheduled test dates.

  • Once you pass the test and are certified, you can begin looking for positions within the state. Many positions are usually available from local hospitals and hospices. Several companies are now offering in home dialysis as well, in which you could be a "traveling" technician and administer dialysis in patients' homes.

    Whatever type of dialysis career you choose, it will best be utilized by continuuing education. To achieve higher recognition within your field try to attend seminars and workshops focusing on your new career. Take extra courses from a vocational school or college, and constantly be looking for ways to improve your skills.

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