The primary individual who provides chronic hemodialysis treatments to the patients under the direct supervision of the Charge Nurse. Under the ESRD state licensing requirements at TAC 117.43(D) (9), a facility trained non licensed dialysis technician can administer medications (heparin, lidocaine, normal saline, and oxygen) by delegation of the Medical Director. Such administration by dialysis technicians shall be in compliance with Chapter157 of the Texas Occupations Code concerning the delegation of medical acts by a licensed physician in the State of Texas.
A high school diploma/GED or higher is required. New hires with no prior hemodialysis PCT experience must obtain CCHT certification within 18 months of their hire date. Hemodialysis PCTs with prior experience must have a valid CCHT/CHT certification after a total of 18 months of work experience, regardless of change in employer. Verification of course completion in accordance with all American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support and Health Care Provider guidelines is required.
CCHT/CHT certification by one of the nationally recognized certification agencies (NNCC or BONENT) is required. New hires with no prior hemodialysis PCT experience must be currently enrolled or have completed a hemodialysis technician program and obtain certification within 18 months of their hire date. Must have a current AHA BLS Healthcare Provider or AHA BLS Instructor Provider card.