1) How do I prepare for the exam? Do you offer classes? Where do I take classes or courses?

As an independent certification organization, NNCO cannot conduct classes that would lead to certification. Please see the Handbook for information on test content and reference materials. Nephrology Clinical Solutions (NCS) provides a Hemodialysis Review Course.

2) How do you become a tech?

Some clinics will train on-site and employ the technician on a provisional basis until requirements for certification have been attained. You can contact clinics in your area to see if that type of training is offered.

3) Is this certification nationally recognized/accepted by all employers?

NNCO has been authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a certification examination for Patient Care Technicians. Currently, NNCO is the only organization offering a certification for Biomedical Technologists. Both certifications are recognized nationally, and are accepted by all employers.

4) What CEUs are accepted for recertification? Are there pre-approved courses or CEU events to choose from?

NNCO requires 30 continuing education credits for recertification, fifteen of which may be earned from continued employment in the field. At least 15 CEUs must come from accredited educational programs. A partial list of these is located on the NNCO website.

5) How do I go about making a name/phone/address change?

Contact NNCO at 212-356-0660 or infonnco@nnco-certification.org and we will change it in our database.

6) What are the benefits of certification?

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid require Patient Care Technicians to be certified.
  • Biomedical Technicians benefit by demonstrating that they have passed a peer review in their field.
  • The NNCO examination may be taken on demand.
  • Initial examination results are available immediately.
  • The NNCO examination is comprehensive.
  • The NNCO certification is accepted by all major employers.

7) How do I know if I’m eligible to take the exam for certification?

The complete list of eligibility requirements is in the Handbook on page 1. They are as follows:

  1. Have a minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent OR four years of full time experience in the field of nephrology technology
  2. Completion of a one year nephrology technology training program with clinical experience and/or completion of a combination nephrology technology training program of less than 1 year and work experience equivalent to 1 year
  3. Completion and filing of an application
  4. Payment of required fee

8) How long does it take NNCO to process my application?

Allow for ten business days from the time we receive the application.

9) When can I take the examination?

The examination is given on an as-needed basis. When your application is approved by Professional Testing Corporation, you will receive information about how to schedule your exam at a date and time convenient for you.

10) Where can I take the examination? How do I find out where the closest test center is?

The testing company, PTC, works with several hundred proctored computerized facilities throughout the country. There is usually one within a few miles of most people. To find the nearest location to you, click here.

11) How do I document my education/work experience?

To document your education, you need to submit a copy of your high school diploma or GED. Work experience can be documented through a letter from a dialysis clinic employer.

12) What do I do if I fail the examination?

You can retake the exam as many times as you need to, but you must complete a new application and pay the fee each time.

13) Is it possible to get a replacement certificate if mine is lost or damaged?

Yes, go to http://www.ptcny.com/PDF/PTC_Duplicate_Score_Certificates_Request_Form.pdf
and follow the directions to complete and submit the form and payment.

14) How soon after I take the exam will I get my results?

You will receive an unofficial score report immediately upon completing the test, and then will receive the official score report a few weeks later. You are not eligible to use the credential until your official test score is received in the mail.

15) What is the application fee for initial certification? What about the cost for recertification?

  • The fee for initial certification is $255.00 (CBNT and CCNT) / $275.00 (CDWS). Make checks or money orders payable to: NNCO Examination. You may also pay by credit card. To do so, please complete and sign the credit card payment form on the application. Payments are sent with the application to:
            NNCO Examinations
            Professional Testing Corporation
            1350 Broadway, Suite 800
            New York, NY 10018
  • The fee for recertification is $160.00. Make checks or money orders payable to: NNCO Recertification. You may also pay by credit card. To do so, complete and sign the credit card payment form on the recertification application. Payments are sent with the application to:
            NNCO Recertification
            Professional Testing Corporation
            1350 Broadway, Suite 800
            New York, NY 10018