Mayo Clinic hemodialysis patient area

The Clinical Hemodialysis Technician Program prepares individuals for professional practice in hemodialysis. During the 16-week program, learning experiences teach students about:

  • Basic hemodialysis principles
  • Use of hemodialysis equipment
  • Composition of dialysis substances
  • Infection control
  • Hemodialysis access
  • Water treatment


You may complete the assigned clinical rotations at any of these clinical sites:

  • Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • Decorah, Iowa
  • Fairmont, Minnesota
  • Onalaska, Wisconsin
  • Owatonna, Minnesota
  • Rochester, Minnesota (two locations)
  • Wabasha, Minnesota

Online modules

During the Clinical Hemodialysis Technician Program, students participate in a range of courses and learning experiences. In an effort to meet the needs of adult learners, all of the learning modules are available online.

Course modules include:

  • Renal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Hemodialysis Devices
  • Machine Setup
  • Hemodialysis Principles
  • The Dialysis Prescription
  • Teamwork
  • Patient Monitoring
  • Professionalism
  • Time Management
  • Hemodialysis Catheters
  • Renal Diseases
  • Safety
  • Hemodialysis Complications: Clinical
  • Psychological Aspects of Chronic Illness
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Vascular Access: AV Fistulas and Grafts
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • Hepatitis
  • Lab Values
  • Water Treatment
  • Hemodialysis Complications: Technical
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy for Hemodialysis Patients
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Reuse: Dialyzer Reprocessing
  • Home Dialysis

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Aug. 08, 2017