Thursday – November 15, 2018

Renal Dialysis Technician (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-517-1


For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — This two-semester program prepares you for employment in dialysis centers and hospitals as a Renal Dialysis Technician (RDT).

RDTs, under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, are responsible for setting up equipment, preparing dialysate solutions, performing venipuncture, and monitoring patient responses during the procedure. In addition, RDTs are responsible for cleaning, quality control, and maintenance of dialysis equipment. 

Be aware that this program and occupational field have potential for exposure to blood; job-related duties require manual dexterity, and physical strength and endurance to perform a variety of lifting and transferring tasks related to patient care treatments. 

Career Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Renal Dialysis Technicians (RDTs) are in high demand and find employment in hospitals or freestanding dialysis centers. For additional career information, visit

View gainful employment data about this program

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Initiate, monitor and complete dialysis procedures
  • Monitor vital signs, prepare and administer medications, and maintain reports and records
  • Maintain equipment and supplies
  • Provide psychological support to clients with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing dialysis procedures


Admission Requirements — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

Also required for admission: High school diploma or GED and course placement assessment of basic skills proficiency

Grade of C or higher required in one year of high school-level biology or one semester of college-level biology


Possible Careers
Dialysis Technician
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
Renal Dialysis Technician (RDT)
Renal Technician
Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT)

Related Programs
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Assistant


Start Date: August

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 






(1)  ENG-340

Workplace Communication *







(or) ENG-151‡ or ENG-201‡






(1)  HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology *






(1)  PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations *







(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology






(1)  RDIAT-320

Introduction to Renal Dialysis ‡
(8 weeks)






(1)  RDIAT-321

Principles of Renal Dialysis 1 ‡
(8 weeks)






(2)  RDIAT-302

Renal Failure and Support Therapies ‡






(2)  RDIAT-304

Hemodialysis Laboratory Procedures ‡ (8 weeks)






(2)  RDIAT-322

Principles of Renal Dialysis 2 ‡






(2)  RDIAT-323

Clinical Practicum 1 ‡ (8 weeks)






(2)  RDIAT-324

Clinical Practicum 2 ‡ (8 weeks)










* It is strongly recommended that these courses be completed prior to entering the program.

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated October 2017.