State Requirements for Dialysis Technicians
The requirements to become a dialysis technician vary from state to state but they all must at least comply with the regulations set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In 2008 CMS published the Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities; Final Rule. This document outlines the federal requirements that any dialysis center in the United States must abide by if they are to become certified and receive Medicare/Medicaid funds. Section 494.140 of this document pertains to personnel qualifications and outlines the basic requirements needed to be a patient care dialysis technician.
A handful of states have no regulations beyond those set by CMS and allow the dialysis centers to oversee training and certification of its employees, while other states use the CMS requirements as baseline and add their own level of certification and oversight to the centers and the personnel who work within.