Dialysis is a medical treatment that is administered to patients whose kidneys are not functioning properly. Individuals who are interested in becoming dialysis technicians can enter into the field with just a high school education and on-the-job training, however, individuals who choose to further their education through post-secondary training are known to have a competitive edge over their peers who have no further education. Students involved in college level-training will learn how to operate and clean the machinery that is necessary to administer dialysis. They will also advance their interpersonal skills, as they will be responsible for monitoring patients as they undergo treatment for up to four hours. Due to the length of the procedure dialysis technicians will need to be understanding and able to ensure the patient is as calm and comfortable as possible. Generally, dialysis technicians work in hospital settings but they can also seek work at labs or doctor's offices. Higher education in this field can be sought at community colleges, universities, and trade schools.
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