Renal Dialysis Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 31-517-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August

About the Renal Dialysis Technician Diploma


Prepare for a healthcare career as a renal dialysis technician (RDT). Under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, RDTs set up dialysis equipment, prepare dialysate solutions, perform venipuncture and monitor patient responses during the procedure. RDTs also are responsible for quality control and maintenance of the equipment.

Employment opportunities exist in hospitals or freestanding dialysis centers.

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

Additional program details: Renal dialysis is a treatment for patients with kidney failure. 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.

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology * 3
(1) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations *
(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology
(2) RDIAT-302 Renal Failure and Support Therapies ‡ 3
(2) RDIAT-304 Hemodialysis Laboratory Procedures ‡ 1
(2) RDIAT-320 Introduction to Renal Dialysis ‡ 3
(2) RDIAT-321 Principles of Renal Dialysis 1 ‡ 4
(2) RDIAT-322 Principles of Renal Dialysis 2 ‡ 3
(2) RDIAT-323 Clinical Practicum 1 ‡ 2
(2) RDIAT-324 Clinical Practicum 2 ‡ 3



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.
* It is strongly recommended that these courses be completed prior to entering the program.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Fall Start: Register for classes in April

Additional deadlines and important dates can be found on Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Adhere to infection control and safety principles
  • Demonstrate safe operation of renal dialysis treatment machine and related equipment
  • Demonstrate competent and safe patient care skills
  • Model professionalism as a renal dialysis technician

Career Outlook

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

Possible Careers

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

Admission Requirements

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

  • One year of high school Biology or one semester of college-level Biology with a
    grade of C or higher.


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Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 01/07/2021