• Dialysis Technician

    M State’s Dialysis Technician certificate program trains students to work as part of a medical team in providing care to patients in outpatient dialysis centers, a fast-growing medical specialty.


Our program

The 16-credit Dialysis Technician program prepares technicians to operate and maintain the equipment used in hemodialysis, the process that removes waste from the blood of patients with renal failure and chronic kidney disease.

Working under the supervision of a registered nurse, the dialysis technician cares for dialysis patients and their families. The role of technicians includes preparing patients for dialysis, monitoring patients' progress and documenting treatment.

The program is offered on M State's Moorhead campus.

This program is not being offered until at least Spring 2017.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Knowledge of the renal system anatomy, physiology, pathology and failure
  • Proficiency in dialysis procedures and documentation and the identification of dialysis complications
  • Patient safety, asepsis and infection control throughout the dialysis process
  • Therapeutic communication with patients and families
  • Active participation in the dialysis team,including collaboration with physicians, nurses and other professionals in providing safe patient care
  • Efficient use of technology in the dialysis setting


Why M State

  • Program and curriculum developed by an advisory board of regional health care partners, ensuring that students are learning the skills needed by employers
  • Includes requirements from the North Dakota Board of Nursing Guidelines for the Role of the Dialysis Technician
  • Demand for career field is growing with an aging population and an increase in diagnosed health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Program prepares students to sit for national certification exams that will be required by employers within 18 months of hire
  • College lab equipped with actual dialysis machines
  • Clinicals will be completed in regional facilities

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Dialysis Technician Certificate
Locations: Moorhead

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Required courses

  • Role of the Dialysis Technician
  • Principles of Dialysis Lab
  • Dialysis Technician Practicum
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Urinary System
  • Principles of Dialysis
  • Interpersonal Communication

Other requirements:

  • Clear Minnesota Department of Health backgroundcheck
  • Clear national background check
  • Demonstrate up-to-date immunizations, including influenza vaccination
  • Complete American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR
  • Qualify for North Dakota Unlicensed Assistive Personnel registry

Last modified: February 25th, 2016 at 09:30am