Information session

  • Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, 6 to 7 p.m., On campus in Glen Ellyn, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127

Train for a rewarding career as a certified hemodialysis technician. The Hemodialysis Technician program prepares you for employment as a hemodialysis or dialysis technician. Hemodialysis Technicians care for patients in end-stage renal failure, also known as kidney failure. Ideal candidates for this program include those with a background in science, such as biology or chemistry, or in health care, such as CNAs, medical assistants and phlebotomists.

This program is BONENT approved and accredited. The Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT) is a nonprofit organization and certifying agency promoting excellence in the quality of care of nephrology patients in the United States and many countries around the world. 


350 hours of classroom and hands-on training, with opportunity for 100 hours clinical observation in a dialysis medical facility upon successful completion of the lecture series and labs.

Upcoming Course

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, March 7 to Sept. 29, 2016
5:30-9:30 p.m.
HLTHS-0040-001, $4,700
On campus in Glen Ellyn

No classes during the externship, May 30, 2016, and July 4, 2016.


  • 18 years of age with high school diploma or GED
  • English proficiency

Tuition and Financial Options

  • Tuition of $4,700 includes books, materials and externship.
  • A payment plan is available. Payment is due at registration.
  • This program is approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) www.worknetdupage.org



The Hemodialysis Program prepares for three national certification exams:

  • Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician Exam (CHT) offered by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT)
  • Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) offered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC)
  • Clinical Nephrology Technology (CNT) offered by the National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO)



Certified hemodialysis technicians (CHT) follow physician's orders and work under the supervision of nurses in dialysis clinics, hospitals and other facilities. They operate sophisticated and technical medical equipment to remove excess fluids and toxins from a patient's system. CHTs record patient data during dialysis, help patients with end-stage renal disease, learn safe and effective dialysis treatments and ensure high-quality care for patients.

As a hemodialysis technician, you will work directly with patients under the supervision of a registered nurse to prepare the dialysis machine and supplies, administer local anesthesia, prep and monitor the patient, complete medical documentation and communicate with the patient and the nurse.

Because of the aging population and higher incidence of kidney disease, there is a growing need for hemodialysis technicians. The projected growth for medical and clinical lab technicians is 22%, considerably higher than the national average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technicians can earn salaries between $24,790 and $57,710.

Register today!

To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email CE@cod.edu, or register online.

For the complete listing of College of DuPage Continuing Education programs and courses, see the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785


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