Renal Dialysis Technician Short Certificate

The Renal Dialysis Technician Program will prepare students to perform the required duties of Renal Dialysis Technicians by training them in the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to work safely and effectively as part of a team in dialysis facilities.

Program Status:
Accepting applications - Approximate two-year waitlist

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Varies 8 weeks Short Certificate Downtown Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description


Upon completion of the Renal Dialysis program students will be able to:

  1. Prepare, maintain, and troubleshoot dialysis equipment and courses for treatment
  2. Work effectively, ethically, and professionally both individually and as part of an inter-professional healthcare team
  3. Maintain a safe environment by following infection control protocols, occupational health and safety guidelines, and established standards of care
  4. Perform patient care duties within assigned roles and responsibilities
  5. Document observations and care provided according to clinical and agency standards


This is a full-time face-to-face program. Days and hours may vary. The clinical placement may include some early mornings and evenings.

The program consists of two courses: theory and clinical. The theory course is delivered through classroom instruction, group discussions, case-studies, and simulations. Students apply theoretical knowledge in the clinical practicum, which takes place in hospital or community dialysis clinics. The clinical course is delivered through clinical instruction and supervision, observation and assessment, daily post-clinical conferences and reflective journaling.


Eight weeks of full-time study. Both courses must be completed simultaneously in order to graduate.


Evaluations will be done throughout the program. In the theory course, evaluations will be based on case-studies, assignments, quizzes, and a final exam. The clinical practicum is evaluated by instructor observation, assessment of practical skills, and reflective journaling.

Students must achieve at least B- in the theory course (RENL 1001) and an S in the clinical course (RENL 1002) in order to complete the program. All assignments in the clinical course must be successfully completed and students must achieve at least three out of four on every competency on the final competency evaluation in order to pass the clinical course. If students do not successfully complete the theory or the clinical course they will not be readmitted into the program without approval of the department leader.

The Renal Dialysis Technician Program is an applied program where students learn the hands-on skills of dialysis on a daily basis. Students are recommended to attend all classes in order to complete the program successfully.

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Proof of English proficiency and English 12 with a ‘C+’ or equivalent
  • Biology 12 with a C+, or VCC Biology 0983/0993 with a C+, or equivalent
  • OACP 1108: Medical Terminology 1, or equivalent, taken within 5 years
  • MSKL 1104: Interpersonal Communication Skills – Health, or equivalent

Upon acceptance, students will also be required to complete the following:

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC). In accordance to the Criminal Records Review Act, all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online. Applicants to the program are responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check.
  • Current CPR - Level C
  • Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
  • A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:
    • Pertussis
    • Diphtheria/Tetanus
    • Polio
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (on an annual basis)
    • Chicken Pox


This program does not accept PLAR at this time.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Good command of oral and written English
  • Ability to adjust to work in a hospital setting. Previous health care experience is an asset.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Ability to take initiative, handle responsibility and maintain confidentiality
  • Dependable, ethical and respectful
  • Ability to work under close direction as a member of a health care team.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, patience, and ability to work well under pressure
  • Flexibility to adjust to early morning and evening practicum shifts, to a variety of clinical settings and locations within the Lower Mainland area.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of a renal technician, including standing for long periods of time and performing repetitive movements.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

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Program Coordinator: Rebeccah Bennett, VCC Health, 604.871.7000, ext. 8674
Program Assistant: Tina Kirmis, VCC Health, 604.871.7000, ext. 8672

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.

No courses are currently scheduled for this Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993) term.
Please check upcoming schedules or course listing.

Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2020 (202091)

(MSKL 1104) Interpersonal Communications - Health 1.0 credits    $413.08

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care-giving contexts. Students are encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. Participants develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10646 DTN Rm. 425
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0900 - 1600
to 25-Jan-2020
Vicic, Margaret
  10647 DTN Rm. 425
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0900 - 1600
to 29-Feb-2020
Vicic, Margaret
  10648 DTN Rm. 425
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0900 - 1600
to 28-Mar-2020
Vicic, Margaret

(OACP 1108) Medical Terminology 1 2.5 credits    $253.50

Learn the basics of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and body structure and functions. Explore disease processes, investigations, treatments, and surgical terms and applications. This is the first half of a two-part course. Must be followed by Medical Terminology 2 (OACP 1109). Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10865 DTN Rm. 237
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1800 - 2100
to 06-Mar-2020
Madrazo, Debbie
  10864 DTN Rm. 237
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

1800 - 2100
to 10-Mar-2020
Courtney, Rosemary

Interpersonal Communications - Health (MSKL 1104)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $413.08
Medical Terminology 1 (OACP 1108)
course schedule schedule
2.5 credits $253.50
Renal Dialysis Technician Clinical (RENL 1002)
course schedule schedule
7.0 credits N/A
Renal Dialysis Technician Theory (RENL 1001)
course schedule schedule
3.5 credits N/A

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