Maryland Dialysis Technician Requirements
The Maryland Board of Nursing clearly states that “the law defines [a] CNA as an individual regardless of title who for compensation routinely performs nursing tasks delegated by a licensed nurse. This includes the Dialysis Technician.” Maryland has established the following qualification requirements for Certified Nursing Assistants – Dialysis Technicians (CNA-DT):
Successfully complete a Maryland Board of Nursing approved CNA-DT training program (Click here for a link to the list of approved CNA-DT programs [PDF]);
Complete the Board’s Initial Application for nursing assistant certification.
Since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established national standards in 2008, we have included below an excerpt from the Conditions for Coverage released by CMS that outlines the requirements to become a certified hemodialysis technician (CHT) or patient care dialysis technician (PCT):
Standard: Patient care dialysis technicians.
Patient care dialysis technicians must—
(1) Meet all applicable State requirements for education, training, credentialing, competency, standards of practice, certification, and licensure in the State in which he or she is employed as a dialysis technician; and
(2) Have a high school diploma or equivalency;
(3) Have completed a training program that is approved by the medical director and governing body, under the direction of a registered nurse, focused on the operation of kidney dialysis equipment and machines, providing direct patient care, and communication and interpersonal skills, including patient sensitivity training and care of difficult patients. The training program must include the following subjects:
(i) Principles of dialysis.
(ii) Care of patients with kidney failure, including interpersonal skills.
(iii) Dialysis procedures and documentation, including initiation, proper cannulation techniques, monitoring, and termination of dialysis.
(iv) Possible complications of dialysis.
(v) Water treatment and dialysate preparation.
(vi) Infection control.
(viii) Dialyzer reprocessing, if applicable.
(4) Be certified under a State certification program or a national commercially available certification program, as follows—
(i) For newly employed patient care technicians, within 18 months of being hired as a dialysis patient care technician; or
(ii) For patient care technicians employed on October 14, 2008, within 18 months after such date.
By meeting these requirements you can work in a dialysis center in the state of Maryland. Exact job description is designated by the dialysis center and should be promulgated in writing.
To comply with paragraph 4 and be “certified under a State certification program or a national commercially available certification program” Maryland maintains its own certification process as mentioned above. Maryland does, however, accept national certification as well. Therefore, you may pass an exam administered by one of the following organizations and you will be recognized within Maryland as a Dialysis technician:
National Certification Programs
Phone number: (888) 884-6622
Phone number: (202) 462-1252
Phone number: (212) 356-0660
To prepare for the exam and meet the training requirements in paragraph 3 of the CMS instruction, several online and campus-based schools in Maryland offer programs with a dialysis technician centric curriculum. Some of the top choices in Maryland can be found here.
The average salary for a dialysis technician in the Old Line State $33,000.