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Hemodialysis Technician Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 3 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Day Program: Fall and spring 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 106Patient Calculations2
HDT 108Health Information Technology in Patient Services2
HDT 116Computer Applications/Keyboarding2
HDT 123Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy & Physiology2
HDT 130Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures I5
HDT 142Water Treatment for Hemodialysis2
HDT 150Vascular Access2
HDT 151Professional Interaction3
HDT 153Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures II5
HDT 160Clinical Practicum I6
HDT 165Clinical Practicum II6
PHLEB 114Phlebotomy Program4
COLL 102College Success for All3
 Technical Credits44

Patient Calculations

Item #
HDT 106
Total 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
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 108
Total 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.

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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 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. 

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Hemodialysis Terms/Anatomy & Physiology

Item #
HDT 123
Total 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. Emphasis on renal and endocrine systems.

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Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures I

Item #
HDT 130
Total Credits
5

This course will focus on the renal replacement therapy for persons with end stage renal disease. Identifies normal kidney functions, causes of renal failure, and options for renal replacement therapy, as well as the specific requirements for hemodialysis and the responsibilities of the hemodialysis technician. Preparation of dialysate, dry string and priming the dialysis machine. Also includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and infection control basics.

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Water Treatment for Hemodialysis

Item #
HDT 142
Total Credits
2

Basic concepts of water treatment and dialyzer reuse, including instruction on the varied devices used in hemodialysis.    Advantages and disadvantages of filters, carbon tanks, dionizers, ultraviolet light, and reverse osmosis in the treatment of water for dialysis.

Prerequisites
Students must successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 prior to continuing in the Hemodialysis Program. Successful completion of HDT 130 with a score of 80% or higher.
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Vascular Access

Item #
HDT 150
Total Credits
2

Explore the history and importance of vascular access. Review the major types of permanent and temporary vascular access.Learn the use of appropriate needle insertion for arteriovenous fistulae and grafts including catheter connection. Identify the four types of anastomosis used for internal arteriovenous fistulae. Develop skills related to the management of thrombosis, infection,hematoma, bleeding, steal syndrome, aneurysm and catheter dislodaement.

Prerequisites
Students must successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 prior to continuing in the Hemodialysis Program. Successful completion of HDT 130 with a score of 80% or higher.
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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. 

Prerequisites
Students must successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 prior to continuing in the Hemodialysis Program.
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Hemodialysis Principles & Procedures II

Item #
HDT 153
Total Credits
5

Identifies machine set up and preparation, collection of specific patient information and monitoring of the patient and extracorporeal circuit during the treatment. Focuses on the clinical environment for delivery of hemodialysis. Introduces treatments medications with a focus on medications used in machine preparation. Expands patient monitoring to include computer charting.Focuses on safety and infection control in response to alarms, urgent, and emergent changes in patient's condition, as well as determining treatment goals and providina the prescribed treatment.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of HDT 130 with a score of 80% or hiaher.
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Clinical Practicum I

Item #
HDT 160
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
Students must successfully complete HDT 106, 108, 116, 123, and 130 prior to continuing in the Hemodialysis Program.
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Clinical Practicum II

Item #
HDT 165
Total Credits
6

During the clinical rotation, the student will participate in a dialysis facility as a member of the healthcare team. The student will apply learned skills obtained in the classroom to perform dialysis treatments, physical assessments, fluid management, patient and equipment monitoring. They will also need to respond to urgent complications and potential emergency situations that commonly occur during a hemodialysis treatment in accordance with the clinic  site policy and procedures.

Prerequisites
Student must complete first and second quarter course work/classes with an 80% or better. Student must be able to pass background check and drug screening requirements per clinical site. Completion of all required immunizations with lab results as outlined in syllabus. Current "American Heart Association" (Healthcare Provider CPR/FirstAid BLS) No substitutions Completion of HDT 160 with an 80% or better
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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. 

Prerequisites
Students must successfully complete HDT 104, 107, 116, 122, 131, and 163 prior to continuing in the Hemodialysis Program.
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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to get students familiar with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with a component on using SALT for financial planning. Beginning in Fall 2016, this course is mandatory for all new students.

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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