Hemodialysis Technician Certificate
Earn your Certificate in Hemodialysis Technician in as little as 3-months or in 6-months via the part-time program!
The Hemodialysis Technician
The Hemodialysis Technician program is designed to prepare students for employment as Hemodialysis patient care technician or as a dialysis technician. By learning what dialysis is, how it was developed, how it is used, and how to maintain the equipment, students will be able to help patients with renal disease receive safe and effective dialysis treatment.
Dialysis technicians work with people whose kidneys no longer work properly or at all. The Hemodialysis Technician operates machines that remove wastes, salt, and extra water from a patient’s blood while keeping safe levels of certain chemicals. Dialysis patients generally use the machine for about four hours, three times each week. The technicians prepare patients for dialysis, monitor them and the machine during dialysis, and perform required procedures when dialysis is completed.
Apart from providing students with knowledge about basic hemodialysis theory and practice, Platt College’s Hemodialysis Technician Program can also offer students a chance to gain real-world experience by completing their clinical rotation in a dialysis facility.
The program consists of 80 hours of lecture and laboratory plus 200 hours of externship training. Clinical assignments are dialysis centers under the supervision of a licensed hemodialysis nurse. With school-based laboratory and lecture combined with clinical practice, students will be well-equipped to become competent hemodialysis and dialysis technicians.
- To educate students on the role of the dialysis team (physician, nurse, technician, renal dietitian and social worker);
- To provide accurate information regarding infection control and standard precautions, dialysis procedures, water treatment systems, dialysis machines and machine functions so that students can care for dialysis patients;
- To introduce students to a dialysis clinical setting where they work with other healthcare professionals;
- To educate students on the legal and ethical implications related to employment in a clinical or hospital dialysis facility; and
- To prepare students to take and pass the CDC exam or any of the CMS approved national certification examinations and work as an entry level dialysis technician in hospitals under the supervision of a registered nurse or in dialysis units run by private companies.
Students will learn:
• Principles of renal failure and dialysis
• Role of the hemodialysis technician in a dialysis unit
• Operation of dialysis devices
• Universal Precautions/Asepsis and Aseptic Technique
• Anatomy And Physiology of the Renal System
• Pre Dialysis Patient Preparation
• Preparing dialysis equipment
• Monitoring treatment
• Other related topics of dialysis, patient care and treatment
A certificate of completion is awarded to students who successfully complete the course. The graduates will also be prepared to sit for the national certification examination for dialysis technicians.
The Hemodialysis Technician program at Platt College is not Title IV eligible.
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