Renal Dialysis Technology
Certificate in Renal Dialysis Technology (CERT_RENL)
Liston Campus, Providence
The Renal Dialysis certificate program is a two-semester program that prepares individuals
to work as renal dialysis technicians in outpatient settings. Students receive theoretical
and practical preparation. Various aspects of kidney disease and the principles of
dialysis are covered. Dialysis modalities, dialysis devices, dialyzer reprocessing
and water treatment also are included. A practicum in a dialysis facility provides
students, under the supervision of an instructor in the clinical area, the opportunity
to experience first-hand the role of a renal dialysis technician. Successful completion
of the program qualifies graduates for entry-level employment as a dialysis technician.
Students are eligible to sit for the National Nephrology Technician Certification
Examination after 18 months of practice in a dialysis unit.
Note: Students must be enrolled in the Renal Dialysis Technology certificate program to
register for RENL 1010, 1020, 1030, MLTC 1170 and 1180. Many courses require prerequisites,
corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions at the back of the catalog for
See important general policies in the beginning of this section on the performance-based
Health Sciences application process, academic progress, advanced placement, background
check, CPR certification, health insurance, health records, reinstatement, transportation,
uniforms, and equipment.
Minimum requirements to apply to the Renal Dialysis Technology certificate program
- CCRI application – Complete and submit a CCRI Application for Enrollment. General Studies should be
the first choice; RENL should be the second choice.
- High school transcript – An official copy of a high school or GED® transcript, including date of graduation,
must be provided. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited
college or university, the high school transcript may be waived; a college transcript
must indicate completion and degree awarded.
- Placement testing – Complete a standardized test (ACCUPLACER) issued by CCRI’s Department of Advising
and Counseling. Students may NOT retake the ACCUPLACER test before completing the
remedial course/ courses. Note: For application purposes, ACCUPLACER testing can be
waived for students who provide documentation of a bachelor’s degree or higher. Students
are advised that individual departments may still require ACCUPLACER testing as a
prerequisite for their courses.
- Reading comprehension test must show competency of 80 or above or students must complete ENGL 0890 - Critical
Reading with a grade of B- or better.
- English (writing) test must show readiness to take ENGL 1010 - Composition I or students must complete ENGL
1005 - College Writing with a grade of C or better. ENGL 1300 will not substitute
for ENGL 1010.
- Health Sciences application – Complete and submit a performance-based Health Sciences
application including a preadmission degree evaluation during the open enrollment
- IMPORTANT: Submission of a performance-based Health Sciences application does not guarantee
acceptance to the program. Acceptance is based on points earned as listed in the program
acceptance criteria point system. (See www.ccri.edu/dean-hrs.) At the time of admission, students must meet the current admission requirements.
Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester offered must resubmit
a performance-based Health Sciences application and meet the current admission requirements.
Once accepted, students must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Allied
- Background check – Students are required to submit a background check when directed by notification
from Enrollment Services.
- Student must hold current CPR certification (AHA Healthcare Provider Level) prior
to RENL 1010.
RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE
- First semester (Fall): ENGL 1010; MLTC 1170, 1180; RENL 1010
- Second semester (Spring): RENL 1020, 1030
||Renal Dialysis Technology I
||Quality Assurance for Point of Care Laboratory Testing
||Specimen Collection and Handling for Healthcare Professionals
||Patient Care and Assessment for Renal Dialysis Technicians
||Renal Dialysis Technology II
Total Certificate Requirements Credits 18