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Hemodialysis Technician Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Prerequisites
Day Program: Fall and spring quarters. Evening Program: Summer and winter quarters.

Prepares students for employment as hemodialysis technicians in outpatient settings such as hospitals or dialysis centers.

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. Clinical sites are located throughout Western Washington.

Physical Activity Requirements: 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.

Employability Requirements: 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.

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 will be uploaded to Certified Background within the first week of class.

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 sites 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.) A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check.

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

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
HDT 104Patient Calculations4
HDT 107Health Information Technology in Patient Services3
HDT 116Computer Applications/Keyboarding2
HDT 122Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy & Physiology6
HDT 125First Aid/CPR/HIV1
HDT 131Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures4
HDT 138Machine Setup/Maintenance4
HDT 141Water Treatment for Hemodialysis3
HDT 149Vascular Access3
HDT 151Professional Interaction3
HDT 161Clinical Practicum6
HDT 163Field Study1
PHLEB 114Phlebotomy Program4
 Technical Credits44

Patient Calculations

Item #
HDT 104
Total Credits
4

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

Item #
HDT 107
Total Credits
3

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.

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Computer Applications/Keyboarding

Item #
HDT 116
Total 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 35 wpm. Includes an introduction to MS Office Suite for basic business correspondence. Students will use Internet navigation for research projects. 

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Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy & Physiology

Item #
HDT 122
Total Credits
6

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. 

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First Aid/CPR/HIV

Item #
HDT 125
Total Credits
1

Covers CPR, First Aid and rescue breathing for adult patients. Includes history, causes, virility of blood-borne pathogens, bodily substance isolation, and personal protection devices relating to dealing with HIV/Aids patients. Proper lifting techniques and body mechanics will be covered. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of first-quarter hemodialysis classes.
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Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures

Item #
HDT 131
Total Credits
4

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. 

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Machine Setup/Maintenance

Item #
HDT 138
Total Credits
4

Covers use and setup of hemodialysis machines. Instruction focuses on organizing and setting up the dialysis machine and equipment, priming, and dry machine stringing. Students will study various testing equipment commonly used in dialysis units, as well as preparation and mixing of hemodialysis concentrates. Includes standard precautions and aseptic techniques. Prepares students to initiate, monitor and terminate a routine hemodialysis treatment. 

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Water Treatment for Hemodialysis

Item #
HDT 141
Total Credits
3

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 prepare a typical water-treatment monitoring schedule. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of first-quarter hemodialysis classes.
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Vascular Access

Item #
HDT 149
Total Credits
3

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; use of the four types of anastomosis used for internal arteriovenous fistulae; and management of thrombosis, infection, hematoma, bleeding, steal syndrome, aneurysm, and catheter dislodgement. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of first-quarter hemodialysis classes.
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Professional Interaction

Item #
HDT 151
Total 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. Covers body mechanics and proper lifting techniques. Includes information on sexual harassment. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of first-quarter hemodialysis classes.
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Clinical Practicum

Item #
HDT 161
Total 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
Successful completion of first-quarter hemodialysis classes.
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Field Study

Item #
HDT 163
Total Credits
1

Familiarizes students with various dialysis companies in the greater Puget Sound area. Students will be partnered in small groups and will be required to contact four different dialysis companies in the area in order to conduct an interview with a staff member. Students will collect the information in a notebook to be submitted at the end of the class. Information to be included includes interview notes, locations of individual dialysis units, maps to each unit, contact person for each of the units, size of the company, etc. The notebook will be a reference for students when seeking a dialysis technician position at the end of the course. 

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Phlebotomy Program

Item #
PHLEB 114
Total 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 skills. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of first-quarter hemodialysis classes or at least three months of work experience and/or formal training in a healthcare field. Students must provide documentation of work or training in order to enroll in the Continuing Education Phlebotomy Program.
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