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The objective of the Dialysis Technician Certificate program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in a renal dialysis unit.


Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive a DIALYSIS TECHNICIAN TRAINING – CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION.

The student will also have met the requirements and may be eligible to take the BONENT Dialysis Technician Certification. ACTI does not offer this certification. This certification is unaffiliated with the ACTI program. It is solely the responsibility of the student to decide to take or not take the certification. BONENT and any other certification agency may charge fees for their certification. None of those fees are covered by any monies paid to ACTI.


ACTI students will gain hands-on experience in a chronic dialysis facility and learn:

  • Principles of dialysis.
  • Care of patients with kidney failure, including interpersonal skills.
  • Dialysis procedures and documentation, including initiation, proper cannulation techniques, monitoring, and termination of dialysis.
  • Possible complications of dialysis.
  • Water treatment and dialysate preparation.
  • Infection control.
  • Safety.


The program is ten weeks and has a requirement of 240 clinical hours.


The training includes caring for patients with kidney failure, principles of hemodialysis, an introduction to the dialysis machine and its components, dialysis procedures, documentation, infection control, patient assessment/data collection, vascular access, anticoagulation, medications, complications of dialysis, laboratory draws, and miscellaneous testing devices used.

The Dialysis Technician course trains students to become skilled dialysis technicians, capable of preparing a patient both physically and psychologically for the dialysis procedure. Our students support the patient and the nurse by recording patient details before dialysis, explain the procedure and functioning of the machine, providing reassurance to anxious patients, and then beginning with the physical care needed. Further, students are trained to be vigilant regarding the patient’s reactions and monitor venous and arterial pressures, fluid removal, and replacement as achieved during the dialysis procedure.

A certificate holder will be capable of setting up and operating the dialysis machines, mixing dialysate according to the formula, and priming dialyzer with saline or heparinized solution to prepare the machine, running safety checks for the machine settings, particularly the pressures, conductivity, and temperature.


Each prospective student must complete an application for admissions. Upon submission of the application, the prospect must provide valid government-issued identification and another form of official identification. In addition to the admissions application, the prospect must meet the admissions requirements as listed below.


  • Each prospective student must complete an application for admissions.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a color blind screening
  • Applicants must be able to hear at a threshold between 0 dBHL and 20 dBHL.
  • Applicants must provide official transcripts from high schools or other post-secondary institutions that the applicant has attended.
  • Applicants must pass a background check. Findings listed under Disqualifying Factors 192.2495.7 are ineligible for admissions into the program. Background checks will be conducted on all applicants upon enrollment; the background check fee is $65 and is nonrefundable.
  • Applicants must be able to read read and write on at least a 10th-grade level, be able to follow instructions, and perform hands-on lab/skills assessment.
  • Applicants must have a general health physical that is dated within 90 days of application.
  • Applicants must have a TB/PPD or chest x-ray within one 1week of enrollment.
  • Applicants must pass a drug screening from an approved lab within 2 weeks before applying for admission.
  • Applicants must have Hepatitis B documentation of vaccination or titer that is no older than 90 days at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have a current CPR/Basic Life Support before enrollment.
  • Arch City Training Institute will not accept any transfer credits.
  • Applicants must have a personal interview with the faculty before admissions.

All students are required to meet course requirements, maintain satisfactory progress, and follow Arch City Training Institute code of conduct. Failure to do so will result in consequences up to and including suspension or termination from the program.

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