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Study Length

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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.

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  • NSC / NC(V) certificate
  • National Diploma in Clinical Technology (admittance upon Specific requirements of the educational institution) followed by a Bachelor of Technology in Clinical Technology and a 12-month internship 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

  • NSC / NC(V) certificate
  • School subjects recommended:
  •  Mathematics,
  • Life Sciences
  •  Physical Sciences

Duration of study

3+ Years


Upon graduation, you must register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa in order to be able to practise.

Employment opportunities: 

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

Further Information

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA

The South African Clinical Technology Association

Educational Institutions offering the required qualifications:

Tshwane University of Technology:

Durban University of Technology:

Vaal Institute of Technology:

Central University of Technology: 

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