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Dialysis Technician

A dialysis technician is trained to set up and operate a hemodialysis machine to provide dialysis treatment. Dialysis treatment is administered to patients with kidney or renal failure.  

Your job would also entail preparing the patients physically for their treatment as well as explaining what you are about to do. You will also be required to ensure patient safety and that equipment is operating properly during the treatment.

Required Qualifications

To become a dialysis technician, you will need the following qualifications:

  • Certificate: NSC / NC(V) certificate
  • Diploma: National Diploma in Clinical Technology (admittance upon the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Technology in Clinical Technology
  • Internship: 12-month internship 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

  • NSC / NC(V) certificate

School subjects recommended:

Duration of Study

Dialysis technicians in South Africa typically study for more than 3 years.

Employment Opportunities

Upon completing education and training required for dialysis technicians, you must register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa in order to be able to practise.

Dialysis technicians in South Africa often work at:

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Specialist doctor’s practices
  • Private Laboratories

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