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Programme Information (Dialysis Technician DT 10-102)

Dialysis Technicians operate kidney dialysis machines, which filter normal waste products and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer perform that function. They possess clinical and technical skills, and can be responsible for direct patient care, as well as dialysis equipment maintenance and repair. This is a programme designed to equip the renal failure treatment areas of the health care industry, with competent, trained and certified dialysis technicians. The participant would be able to attain all the skills required for the efficient and professional delivery of both haemo and peritoneal dialysis. 


The Programme runs for a 12 month period, (8 months theory, 4 months practical training) and consists of 12 modules, with a total of 800 contact hours. 

Training Objectives


  • Comprehensive introduction to the field of haemodialysis

  • The skills required to perform dialysis treatments on a patient

  • The principles of dialysis

  • Anatomy and physiology of the kidney

  • Fluid and electrolyte balance

  • Haematologic aspects

  • Infectious diseases

  • Dialysis systems and equipment

  • Vascular access to circulation

  • Dietary regulation

  • Blood chemistries

  • Complications of renal failure,

  • Psychosocial aspects, overview of peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation.

  • in-depth knowledge of obtaining blood samples for analysis,

  • monitoring and providing basic service for equipment such as catheters and A-V fistulas, the genitor-urinary system, including its anatomy and physiology,

  • knowledge in the preparation of artificial kidneys,

  • physical assessments,

  • universal precautions,

  • fluid management,

  • initiating and concluding dialysis,

  • access to circulation,

  • patient equipment monitoring,

  • treatment of routine haemodialysis problems in accordance with dialysis procedures.

  • After successful completion of the first eight modules, students will proceed on a three tiered externship at a local dialysis provider


DT10   Medical Terminology

DT 20  The Urinary System

DT 30   Chronic Renal Failure and Support Therapy

DT 40   Principles of Renal Dialysis I

DT 50   Dialysis Machine Care

DT 60   Peritoneal Dialysis

DT 70   Haemodialysis Lab Procedures

DT 80   Principles of Renal Dialysis II

DT 90   Applied Communication and CPR

DT 100  Clinical Practicum I

DT 110   Clinical Practicum II

DT 120   Clinical Practicum III

Gate Funding

NB: GATE funding will now be assessed as per individual, based on their household income, that is: If your household income is: 


$10,000 and under per month = Full Tuition Funding.


$10,000 but less than $30,000 per month = 75% tuition funding.


$30,000 and over per month = 50% tuition funding.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • A minimum of five CXC passes, (General Proficiency) Grades I and II (Grade III accepted from June 1998 onwards)

  • OR Five GCE O' Level passes, Grades A, B and C (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.

  • OR Mature Entry - Subject to an interview

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Form and Application Fee

  • The original and copy of CXC certificate/s and other academic achievements/training courses

  • Four (4) Passport-sized photographs

  • The original and copy of two (2) of the following: National ID, Birth Certificate or Passport.

  • The original and copy of your Marriage Certificate/affidavit. (If relevant)

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