Dialysis Patient Care Technician
16 credit Certificate program
Career Resources: Regional Renal Network 11 for Upper Midwest
The Lake Superior College Dialysis Patient Care Technician program is an online program which offers an exciting opportunity for students to become technicians in this growing field.
Dialysis Patient Care Technician (Theory) Certificate: This 16-credit certificate provides students with fundamental theoretical knowledge only. Students completing this certificate would still require on-the-job clinical training upon hire at a dialysis facility.
Program outcomes include:
• Demonstrate comprehensive theoretical knowledge required for the role of Dialysis Patient Care Technician and knowledge required for preparation for the hands-on training experience provided in either the clinical internship or through on-the-job training provided after hire by a dialysis facility.
• Demonstrate knowledge of issues and trends related to dialysis (patient rights, regulatory agencies, bloodborne pathogens, infection control, weight calculation, treatment modalities, renal diet, patient/family education, documentation, communication, and medical problems related to dialysis).
• Demonstrate knowledge of kidney anatomy, function, and failure.
• Demonstrate knowledge of principles of hemodialysis (vascular access, routine lab tests and collection, medications, herparin administration, isolation technique, aseptic technique, complications of hemodialysis, initiation and discontinuing dialysis, and monitoring during dialysis).
• Demonstrate overview of the dialysis delivery system, water treatment systems, and hemodialyzer reuse.
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Course Outlines: CLICK HERE Required Courses:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
Current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer is required for all clinical courses. ALTH1430 will satisfy this requirement. Students are required to have a recent physical examination including current immunizations and current Mantoux. Background study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin.
NOTE: NUNA1420 is not available online, but is readily available through community/technical colleges throughout the U.S.
Course requirement may also be met by evidence of:
1. Nursing Assistant course completion within 5 years (transfer or credits) OR
2. Nursing Assistant course completed more than 5 years ago (contact Center for Lifelong Learning about credit for prior learning) OR
3. Current registration as a Nursing Assistant (must meet program 16 credit requirement by transfer of general education or healthcare technical credits or contact Center for Lifelong Learning about credit for prior learning) OR
4. Completion of a occupational health care certificate, diploma, or degree (transfer of general education or healthcare technical credits can be substituted for NUNA1400).
Job requirements include a high school diploma or GED and a minimum age of 18.