Dialysis Patient Care Technician

16 credit Certificate program

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Career Resources: Regional Renal Network 11 for Upper Midwest

Program Description:
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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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
HPCT14003Issues and TrendsThis course will cover the history of dialysis, terminology, state and federal regulations and guidelines governing hemodialysis, resources available for personal and career development, principles and legal aspects of documentation, communication, professionalism and patient rights, role of the hemodialysis patient care technician as well as other multidisciplinary team members, other treatment modalities, and principles related to patient safety. (Prerequisites: Prior to or concurrent enrollment in HPCT1410, HPCT1420, and HPCT1440) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
HPCT14102Kidney Function and FailureThis course prepares the student for the role of a Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician caring for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease requiring hemodialysis. It will cover the renal anatomy, organs of the urinary system, components of the nephron, three basic functions of the healthy kidney, the two types of kidney failure (acute and chronic) and the causes and differences of each, fluid, chemicals and waste products that accumulate in the blood when kidneys fail, potential systems that are involved if kidney failure is left untreated, and hormones regulated by healthy kidneys. (Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HPCT1400) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
HPCT14204Principles of HemodialysisThis course will include principles of osmosis, diffusion and ultrafiltration, the structure and function of various types of access sites used in hemodialysis, identify routine lab tests and collection techniques, pharmacology and medication administration as related to CKD with emphasis on the role of the Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician, principles of aseptic technique and CDC dialysis precautions. It will also cover the preparation, cannulation and use of internal access, and preparation and use of Central Venous Catheter, monitoring during hemodialysis treatment, discontinuing hemodialysis, and discharge of patient after hemodialysis treatment. (Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in HPCT1400, HPCT1410) (4 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
HPCT14403Components of the Hemodialysis Delivery SystemThis course will include an overview of the hemodialysis delivery system including the machines, flow path of blood and dialysate through the components of the hemodialysis system, the extracorporeal circuit, the dialysate, the water room, overview of hemodialyzer reuse, monitors, alarms, and safety options. (Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in HPCT1400, HPCT1420) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUNA14204Nursing Assistant/Home Health AideThis course introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum, and basic nursing skills. It is designed to prepare the student for entry level as a Nursing Assistant. In addition, the Home Health Aide component is designed to instruct students to apply basic nursing principles in caring for the client at home. This includes a mandatory 24 hour clinical component to be completed at a Long-Term Care facility. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is entitled to take the State Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Test Out. This test is required to be awarded a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate. This course meets the Federal OBRA and Minnesota Department of Health requirements. Prerequisites: Student must be able to successfully pass the Health Occupations Physical and State Background Study. (2 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Pre-Program Requirements:
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 78 or higher on the reading comprehension portion of the CPT,
• Or completion of ENGL0950 or READ0950, which may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework,
• OR ENGL0955 or READ0955, which may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework,
• OR equivalent transfer course or higher

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.