Become a Dialysis TechnicianBecome a dialysis technician

No matter what you wish to become in life, getting the education to do so will cost money. Some programs obviously cost more than others. The price depends on many factors, including the school you go to, how long the program lasts, and the books and other learning materials you will be required to have. For instance, for me to get my Certified Nursing Assistant education it cost $175 for the course and the books and the classes only lasted for two months. On the other hand, my Bachelors of Science in Psychology cost me around $60,000 and four years of coursework. That is a huge difference! So, if you want to become a dialysis technician, how much will this education cost? Keep reading to find out!

While each school will have different tuition and material requirements when it comes to costs, the average dialysis technician training program will last for at least a year (but most of the time it takes two years) and cost in the ballpark of $3,000 to $10,000 dollars. These costs factor in the price of books and other materials. This may seem steep for some people but the job outlook for dialysis technicians between now (2013) and 2020 is so good that paying $10,000 for your education seems like small change compared to what you will gain in the future. Plus in most cases you will not have to pay the entire tuition up front, giving you time to earn and pay as you go. Dialysis technicians, or any person working in the medical field for that matter, have little problem finding gainful employment and well paid salaries due to the growing need for healthcare treatments in all fields. Also remember the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows you to work while you become a dialysis technician so you will have money coming in as you go through the program.

Financial aid ideas

The good news is that if you cannot afford the tuition and other costs on your own, you may qualify for federal student loans and grants. Grants are the best since you do not have to pay them back. You can put your grant money towards your books, other course materials, a new laptop, or anything else you  need while you are getting your dialysis technician education. The majority of colleges will charge you per class, not per semester like with other programs that take over a year. As stated above, a two year program such as this will be between $3,000 and $10,000. In order to get help paying these costs, contact your chosen school (if you have already made that decision) and ask about tuition assistance options. You can also go to the FAFSA online website where you can learn more about how to apply for the federal loans. You can also call the phone number available on the website so you do not have to figure it out all on your own. There is always someone available to answer your questions and to even walk you through the entire process of filling out the application forms from start to finish. Another fantastic way to get help to pay for your dialysis technician education is to apply for scholarships. There are so many out there and you should apply for each and every one of them. To find more opportunities for financial help, go to www.fedmoney.org.  Also keep in mind that there are some colleges that allow you to take part in work study programs that are funded by the federal government, this is yet another option to help pay for the expenses of achieving your dream.

Class list

As stated above, most colleges charge you based on each class and not by semester. Here are some of the classes you can expect to have to bear the cost of to become a dialysis techhnician:

  • Hemodialysis

  • Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Patient treatment procedures

  • Renal failure and dialysis

  • The process of patient assessment

  • Dialysis and medication issues

  • Standard precautions of infection control

  • Nutrition and nutrition management

  • Therapy for chronic dialysis

  • Into to hemodialysis

  • Body fluid chemistry

  • Renal failure and pathology

  • The human body and water

  • Physiology and anatomy of the renal organ

  • Hemodialysis equipment and devices

  • Acute renal failure

There may be a few more classes but these are the basis for the bulk of your education. Ask your school how many classes you will be required to take and multiply that number by what your chosen school charges per class. So before you give up because you think becoming a dialysis technician is out of reach due to financial constraints, consider all that I have said here and know that nothing is impossible, especially when there are so many options available to you and you have the will and desire to make your aspirations a reality.