Hemodialysis Technician Certificate

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Prepares students for employment as hemodialysis technicians in outpatient settings such as a hospital or dialysis center.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 2

Estimated Cost: $3,813.72

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarter.

Prerequisites: Documentation of immunizations include Hepatitis B series plus positive titer; Tetanus/Diphtheria; 2 step TB test; Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or 1 injection plus a positive titer for measles, mumps, and rubella); Varicella immunization or positive titer; annual influenza immunization; and H1N1 immunization. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies. All immunization records must be submitted to instructor no later than the first day of class unless prior arrangements have been made. COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82. COMPASS score for Pre-Algebra 37.

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. The program includes a practicum in a dialysis facility 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.

Employability Requirement: Certified hemodialysis technicians must complete and pass approved program and certification exam. Graduates must meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for certification. Seven hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-827. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is also required.

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.

Program Length: This program is approximately two quarters long for the day program, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates:
Day Program: Fall and spring quarters
Evening Program: Summer and winter quarters

Prerequisites: Documentation of immunizations, include Hepatitis B series plus positive titer; Tetanus/Diphtheria; 2 step TB test; Measles/ Mumps/Rubella (two injections or one injection plus a positive titer for measles, mumps, and rubella); Varicella immunization or positive titer; annual influenza immunization; and H1N1 immunization. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies. All immunization records must be submitted to instructor no later than the first day of class unless prior arrangements have been made.

Students are 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.

Student must have a high school diploma or transcript or high school equivalency diploma prior to program entry. In order to participate in the clinical aspects of the program the student must receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and meet the requirements for the facility that they may be assigned to. (Some clinic sites require that you pass a drug screening and their own background checks.)

COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. COMPASS score of 37 for pre-algebra.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
HDT 107 Health Information Technology in Patient Services 3
HDT 113 Phlebotomy Fundamentals 4
HDT 116 Computer Applications/Keyboarding 2
HDT 122 Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy/Physiology 6
HDT 125 First Aid/CPR/HIV 1
HDT 131 Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures 4
HDT 138 Machine Setup/Maintenance 4
HDT 141 Water Treatment 3
HDT 149 Vascular Access 3
HDT 151 Professional Interaction 3
HDT 161 Clinical Practicum 6
HDT 163 Field Study 1
MAT 072 Medical Math 4
  Total Credits for Completion 44

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