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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does a renal dialysis technician do?

A: Renal dialysis technicians set up and operate hemodialysis machines to provide dialysis treatment for patients with kidney failure.

Q: Where do renal dialysis technicians work?

A: The renal dialysis technician can be employed in hemodialysis units at outpatient centers.

Q: What is the average salary for renal dialysis technicians?

A: The typical base salary upon graduation is $19.30 per hour. Current positions are available in outpatient dialysis units.

Q: What type of training is required?

A: This is a two-semester program which includes 24 hours of clinical observation at an affiliated site during the second semester. The training combines theory with technical skills development under the direction of the program faculty.  In order to be eligible to take the National Certification Examination, the student must complete 18 months of employment as a hemodialysis patient care technician.

Q: What are the necessary high school courses?

A: Any high school student interested in this program could take an elementary algebra and basic science (including biology and chemistry). The student should have good reading, writing and communication skills.

Q: What does the Renal Dialysis Program at CCRI consist of?

A: The student must take three renal dialysis courses as well as several general education courses. These courses teach the necessary skills and theory needed to function as a competent renal dialysis technician. The student must have a 2.0 cumulative average to graduate from the college. This program is a weekend/evening program and consists of 24 hours of observation at a dialysis unit during the second semester. The student must be available for clinical placement during the day.

Q: What is the typical cost of this program?

A: The typical cost of the program for a part-time student is the current CCRI tuition and fees, laboratory fees, books, uniforms and travel expenses to the clinical sites. Additional information can be found on the Bursar website at

Q: If I apply, what are the chances of getting accepted?

A: CCRI accepts 15 students at the Liston (Providence) Campus each year. Students must have a high school diploma or a GED.

Q: Whom may I contact for more information?

A: Contact Michael Hynes, Enrollment Services, at the Warwick Campus for more information. The address is:

Michael Hynes
Office of Enrollment Services
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 825-2266
E-mail: [email protected]

CCRI Website:

If more specific information is needed, contact Maddie Josephs, [email protected] (401) 333-7418, or Bernadette Drinkwine, [email protected], (401) 455-6132 or 774-991-0524.