Online dialysis technician classes are offered.  These include online dialysis classes from colleges, universities, vocational technical schools, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the American Society for Nephrology.  Online dialysis technician classes provide only some of the classes needed.  You will still have to complete the required practical hands-on clinical training at a dialysis facility.  

If conventional campus classroom settings are inconvenient or impractical then online course offerings represent an alternative way of satisfying some of the non-hands on requirements.  These dialysis technician online classes typically provide the theory aspect needed for this profession.  As with brick and mortar schools classes will vary by institution.  Some typical online dialysis technician classes may include courses such as:

  • History and principles of renal dialysis
  • Renal anatomy and physiology
  • Legal aspects of dialysis
  • Kidney functions
  • Pathology of renal failure and support therapies
  • Hemodialysis principles
  • Hemodialysis technology
  • Infection control practices
  • Medication problems and dialysis
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance and management

 You can request online dialysis class information below by checking the online learning preference option:

There can be several advantages to accessing schools with dialysis classes online. These may include:

  • learning at your own schedule-which can be 24 hours and seven days a week
  • learning at your own pace
  • reduced cost since online classes may be less costly and there are certainly transportation and/or child care savings 
  • learning of technological skills associated with the internet such as online conferencing and presentation skills
  • some students find online learning easier than face to face traditional, on-campus instruction.


There can also be several potential disadvantages of using online dialysis technician classes. These may include:

  • lack of required self-discipline since students must be motivated to stay on schedule
  • limited social interaction with other students
  • lack of time management skills since students must manage their time appropriately
  • some students prefer face-to-face instructional support, rather than email, telephone and online audio-video support options
  • technical issues may be challenges for some (internet, internet speed, complex internet conferencing etc).

You should check that school and/or classes selected are accredited by either the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT), the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) or the National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO).  These organizations offer certification exams which are required in some states.

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