Hemodialysis technicians are certified in California by the Department of Public Health’s Aide and Technician Certification Section. Both training and testing are required for this medical certification.
Apart from training requirements, all applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Next, you must complete a training program that is approved by the California Department of Health. The Department maintains a list of existing approved programs.
Alternatively, click on “Certified Hemodialysis Training Programs” on the page posted below. This may be what you have to do since the link above may become obsolete.
The training programs are conducted at actual hemodialysis clinics or hemodialysis units of clinics or medical centers that may provide other services. A registered nurse usually conducts these training programs. Community or corporate training programs are also approved in some cases. Before receiving credit for course completion, you will be tested by the clinic or other training program on your knowledge and skills.
Separately from any program evaluations, you must take a standardized hemodialysis technician certification exam.
The California Department of Health approves hemodialysis technician testing vendors (providers) on an individual basis. At the time of this post, there were 3 national certification exams approved for California certification. At the state level, the California Dialysis Council had been approved. The national organizations with an approved test were the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission, the Board of Nephrology Examiners For Nursing and Technology, and the National Nephrology Certification Organization. Use the page below to see the current list of approved testing vendors.
You should submit your license application after completing all training and passing one of the certification exams.
30 hours of in-service training or continuing education is required to renew your certification as a California hemodialysis technician. This training can be in either dialysis care or general health care. The renewal application form is different than the initial application. Certificates of completion must be submitted with the application for renewal. As of the time of this writing, your license must be renewed every 4 years. No fee was mentioned on either application form.