West Virginia Dialysis Technician Requirements
The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses is responsible for overseeing the training and certification of dialysis technicians. West Virginia law states the following:
§30-7C-3. Qualifications; exceptions; application form and fees.
(a) In order to be certified by the Board as a dialysis technician, an individual must demonstrate that he or she:
(1) Is of good moral character;
(2) Has acquired at least a high school diploma, general equivalency diploma or equivalent;
(3) Has successfully completed an approved dialysis technician training program;
(4) Has achieved national certification as a dialysis technician; and
(5) Has met such other qualifications required by the Board by legislative rule.
You see West Virginia requires you to be nationally certified which means the state is complying with the standards set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2008. Upon completion of a board approved training program and receiving national certification you should submit a Dialysis Technician Certification Application and send it to:
WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR
REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES
101 DEE DRIVE, SUITE 102, CHARLESTON, WV 25311-1620
Phone: (304) 558-3596 // e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a $200 application fee that is required to be sent in with the application, be prepared.
The following is an excerpt from the Conditions for Coverage released by CMS 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 West Virginia. 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” West Virginia maintains its own certification process as mentioned above. West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia offer programs with a dialysis technician centric curriculum. Some of the top choices in West Virginia are: (or can be found here)
To learn more about the national certification organizations including exam prices, frequency of administration and study guides look here.
The average salary for a dialysis technician in the Mountain State is $24,000.