Dialysis Patient Care Technician Requirements

As a patient care technician, you are the forefront of patient care. We want our PCTs to be confident in their skills, therefore, we ensure that they receive proper training and keep them up to date on the most current policies and procedures. At RMC, we understand that the highest levels of care our Patient Care Technicians deliver is attributed to our broad education and training program. RMC and its management team are dedicated to ensuring that we maintain our high rate of PCT certifications and continuing education to be sure our PCTs stay current.

RMC provides PCT’s with training books, modules, test-taking tips and one-on-one training as needed with our in-house instructors. Working with the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission and American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA), we will provide support and encouragement to ensure all trainees pass their exam and become Certified Patient Care Technicians. Moving forward, we will assist in maintaining that certification.

Dialysis Patient Care Technician Certification Requirements:*

  1. The applicant must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent, General Educational Development (GED), and must submit a copy of a government approved high school diploma. The name on the diploma must match the name on the CCHT exam application. If it does not, proof of name change (e.g., marriage certificate) must be submitted.
  2. The applicant must have successfully completed a training program for clinical hemodialysis technicians that included both classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience. The applicant must obtain the signature of the educator or submit a certificate of completion to verify the training program.
  3. If the applicant has not yet obtained a position as a clinical hemodialysis technician, he/she must provide the number of hours spent in clinical, hands-o patient care experience obtained as part of the training program, and must provide the name of the facility where the clinical training occurred. The facility administrator or manager must sign to verify that the clinical, hands-on experience did occur and was supervised by an RN.
  4. If the applicant has held a position as a clinical hemodialysis technician within the last eighteen (18) months, he/she must provide the name of the employer. The applicant must obtain the supervisor’s signature to verify employment. It is recommended, but not required, that an applicant have a minimum of six (6) months (or 1,000 hours) of clinical experience.
  5. If the applicant has been unemployed for (18) months or longer, he/she must provide proof of current retraining and hands-on experience.  The applicant must obtain the signature of an RN educator to verify the training program and/or the facility administrator or manager to verify the clinical, hands-on experience did occur.

For further information, the following website links are provided:  BONENT (Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology) and NNCC (Nephrology Nuring Certification Commission).

*Information was obtained from the NNCC website and for additional information, please visit the CMS website.