Academic Catalog

Hemodialysis Classes

Patient Calculations

Item Number
HDT 106
Credits
2

Emphasis on fractions, combined percentages, the metric system, apothecary measurements and conversions, Roman numerals and dosage calculation formulas. Self-paced lab. (For hemodialysis students only). 

Prerequisites

Accuplacer reading/writing combined score of 228 or equivalent, or successful completion of ENG 091. Accuplacer arithmetic score of 230 or equivalent.

Health Information Technology in Patient Services

Item Number
HDT 108
Credits
2

Covers the issues, trends, and impacts of electronic and networked information technology on health care services in general. Explores specific issues related to the hemodialysis technician profession.

Computer Applications/Keyboarding

Item Number
HDT 116
Credits
2

Students will use computers to develop touch control and proper keyboarding and keypad techniques, with emphasis on alpha/numeric data entry. Course includes skill building; keyboarding alphabetic, figure, and symbol keys; and continued keyboarding drills and practice to develop a minimum speed and accuracy of 45 wpm 150 kspm at 98% accuracy. Includes an introduction to MS Office Suite for basic business correspondence. Students will use Internet navigation for research projects. 

Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy & Physiology

Item Number
HDT 123
Credits
2

Provides the basic techniques of medical word building to be applied in acquiring an extensive medical vocabulary. Introduces anatomical, physiological, and pathological terms relating to body systems and medical abbreviations.

Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures I

Item Number
HDT 130
Credits
5

Defines the basic principles of diffusion, filtration, fluid dynamics, and osmosis relating to the dialysis process. Includes overviews of the dialysis environment and kidney functions. Covers patient vitals and monitoring treatment, including identification of normal and abnormal values. Students will perform laboratory tests and use patient documentation procedures. Students will learn to identify causes, signs, symptoms, preventions, and interventions for medical and technical complications that may occur during dialysis. Includes patient dietary and nutrition requirements. 

Water Treatment for Hemodialysis

Item Number
HDT 142
Credits
2

Basic concepts of water treatment and dialyzer reuse are covered, including instruction on the varied devices used in hemodialysis. Also studied are advantages and disadvantages of filters, carbon tanks, deionizers, ultraviolet light, and reverse osmosis in the treatment of water for dialysis. Students will work in small groups to build a model of a water treatment room as their final project. 

Prerequisites

Students must complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 with a score of 80% or higher.

Vascular Access

Item Number
HDT 150
Credits
2

This course covers the history and importance of vascular access, including the major types of permanent and temporary vascular access. Covers use of appropriate needle insertion for arteriovenous fistulae and grafts; catheter care and connections; the four types of anastomosis used for internal arteriovenous fistulae; and management of thrombosis, infection, hematoma, bleeding, steal syndrome, aneurysm, and catheter dislodgement. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 with a score of 80% or higher.

Professional Interaction

Item Number
HDT 151
Credits
3

Explores the relationship and psychological boundaries between the technician, the patient and the renal facility. Includes concepts of patient education. Covers basic interpersonal verbal and non-verbal communication, with a focus on adapting to an individual’s special needs or cultural orientation. Students will be given the tools to develop listening skills by practicing assertive communication and developing appropriate interpersonal relationships using the concepts of patient confidentiality. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 with a score of 80% or higher.

Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures II

Item Number
HDT 153
Credits
5

Defines the basic principles of diffusion, filtration, fluid dynamics, and osmosis relating to the dialysis process. Includes overviews of the dialysis environment and kidney functions. Covers patient vitals and monitoring treatment, including identification of normal and abnormal values. Students will perform laboratory tests and use patient documentation procedures. Students will learn to identify causes, signs, symptoms, preventions, and interventions for medical and technical complications that may occur during dialysis. Includes patient dietary and nutrition requirements. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 with a score of 80% or higher.

Clinical Practicum I

Item Number
HDT 160
Credits
6

During the clinical experience, students will participate in a dialysis facility as a member of the health care team in applying principles of hemodialysis, standard precautions, fluid management, initiating and concluding a dialysis treatment, patient and equipment monitoring, and treatment of routine hemodialysis problems in accordance with the standard dialysis procedures and policies of the facilities. Student will need to complete a total of 300 hours in the clinic. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete HDT 142, 150, 151, and 153 with a score of 80% or higher. Completion of all required immunizations with lab results as outlined. Students must be able to pass background check and drug screening requirements per clinical site. Current “American Heart Association” (Healthcare Provider CPR/FirstAid BLS) – no substitutions.

Clinical Practicum II

Item Number
HDT 165
Credits
6

During the clinical experience, students will participate in a dialysis facility as a member of the health care team in applying principles of hemodialysis, standard precautions, fluid management, initiating and concluding a dialysis treatment, patient and equipment monitoring, and treatment of routine hemodialysis problems in accordance with the standard dialysis procedures and policies of the facilities. Student will need to complete a total of 300 hours in the clinic. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete HDT 142, 150, 151, and 153 with a score of 80% or higher. Completion of all required immunizations with lab results as outlined. Students must be able to pass background check and drug screening requirements per clinical site. Current “American Heart Association” (Healthcare Provider CPR/FirstAid BLS) – no substitutions.

Phlebotomy Program

Item Number
PHLEB 114
Credits
4

Develop the skills necessary to draw blood specimens for analysis in a laboratory. Includes an introduction to the structure and function of a clinical laboratory. Safety procedures and universal precautions are included. Provides hands-on practice in phlebotomy. 

Prerequisites

Successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130, with a score of 80% or better.

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