Prepares the successful graduate for employment as a hemodialysis technician in outpatient settings such as a hospital or dialysis center.
Focuses on the hemodialysis technician’s role of providing basic renal care for clients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.
Students participate in theoretical and practical preparation in the duties and responsibilities of a hemodialysis technician. A practicum in a dialysis facility is included in the program to provide students an opportunity to develop and practice the skills of the hemodialysis technician and participate as a team.
Clinical hours vary, depending on the facility assigned; students may be assigned to day or evening shifts.
This program is approximately two quarters in length for the day program, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Prerequisites: Provide documentation of negative blood test for active Hepatitis B and negative two-step tuberculosis test (TB). Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies. Proof of Hepatitis B and TB tests will be submitted to the Instructor the first day of class unless prior arrangements have been made.
Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising/Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at clinical site without proof of insurance.
Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82.
Compass score for Pre-Algebra 37.
In order to participate in the clinical aspects of the program, the student must receive a “No Record on File” report from the Washington State Patrol, related to Crimes Against Persons.
Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Technicians are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student technician must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from bed to a chair, commode, or cart.
Admission Date: Fall and Spring quarters.
Law & Ethics for the Hemodialysis Technician
Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures
Total Credits for Completion
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