In addition to requirements imposed by state licensing authorities, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
Technicians (CHT) — a copy of your high school diploma or official transcript (with principal's signature and/or school seal), a minimum of 12 months of experience in nephrology patient care and current active participation in an ESRD facility.
If you have no experience as a patient care technician/technologist, you may apply to take the BONENT exam within 2 years of successful completion of a BONENT Approved Program.
Technicians (CHBT) — a copy of your high school diploma or official transcript (with principal's signature and/or school seal), a minimum of 12 months of work experience in nephrology, of which includes a minimum of 6 months of dialysis Bio-Medical (BM) experience and any BM training certificates, and current active participation in an ESRD facility.
Technicians (CHT & CHBT)
No High School Diploma: If you have more than 4 years of work experience in dialysis as noted for the exams above, but cannot provide proof of graduating high school, BONENT will accept your work experience and waive the requirement for a high school diploma.
Nurses (CHN, CPDN) — a valid RN license, one year of experience in nephrology and current active participation in an ESRD facility.
LPN or LVN: a valid LVN or LPN license, current active participation in an ESRD facility and for the following exams:
CHN or CPDN — two years of experience in nephrology
CHT — one year of experience in nephrology.
Note: If you have been convicted of a Felony, you are not eligible to become BONENT certified.
All experience must be verified by two signed letters of reference:
One from the applicant's immediate supervisor (the same person who signs the application)
The other from a professional (e.g. a peer or mentor in the field of nephrology)
Both letters must include the applicant's legal name and verify his/her length of employment, character and specific job duties.
Currently Unemployed: If you are currently unemployed but have a minimum of 12 months experience as noted for the exams above, you will be required to have your immediate past supervisor sign your application and write a reference letter. All other stated requirements apply.
Exam application fees and annual certification fees are not tax deductible.
Candidates will not receive a Confirmation Letter until receipt of all application requirements and fees. NO exceptions will be made.
Incomplete Application Penalty
Exam Withdrawals & Transfers
Returned Check Fee
Applications submitted without signed letters of reference, scholastic documentation, license or any other information left blank on the application will be assessed a $50 incomplete application fee.
Returned Check Fee
A $100 Returned Check Fee is assessed for any returned checks.
Annual Certification Fee
To maintain a BONENT certification, nurses and technologists/technicians are required to pay an Annual Certification Fee of $60. There are two payment options — annually (@ $60), or four years in advance ($200). If fees are NOT received by the due date noted on your invoice, a $10/yr. late fee will apply in the first three years after certification and $20 in the fourth year.
There is NO extra fee for the Recertification process and wallet card in the fourth year, but the Annual Certification Fee is still applicable. Learn more on How to Recertify.