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Dialysis Technician (138 Hours)

Dialysis Tech monitoring a patient.

This course is designed to prepare individuals with the theoretical, technical, and clinical skills needed to maintain equipment and provide patient care to those being treated for chronic renal diseases. Successful completion of this course will prepare the individual for employment as a dialysis technician in hospitals, renal dialysis facilities, and clinics. Upon completion, students may be eligible to sit for a national exam. Students in this program will participate in clinical hours with Davita Dialysis.

 

Training Includes:
• Anatomy and physiology of the kidney
• The principles, processes, and history of dialysis
• The role of the dialysis technician and his/her part of a dialysis patient care team
• Differentiate between acute and chronic renal failure, discussing causes of each
• How ESRD affects the patient physically, psychologically, socially, and emotionally
• Identify the nutritional needs of the ESRD patient
• Identify related diagnostic tests and treatment modalities
• Discuss the types of vascular access and how to care for them
• Utilize standard precautions and aseptic technique and follow OSHA guidelines
• Implement safety and emergency measures for dialysis patients and self
• Correctly assess the patient’s vital signs and weight
• Calculate weight gain and target loss for the hemodialysis patient and correctly program the machine
• Prepare the dialysis machine for the hemodialysis patient, including setting up, testing, recirculating, setting parameters, tearing down, cleaning, and disinfecting
• Prepare packs and basins, correctly drawing up and labeling saline syringes
• Check blood sugars when necessary and identify the normal range
• Discuss the methods of measuring the effectiveness and adequacy of dialysis
• Six hours of customer service

 

Admissions Requirements:
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Provide proof of high school completion (high school transcripts, copy of high school diploma, or copy of completion of GED requirements)
• Provide documentation of complete immunization records including proof of MMR 1 and 2 or individual titers, current TB test, varicella infection by medical record, varicella titer, or varicella immunization if titer is negative, proof of hepatitis B vaccine or signed MCC waiver
• Tetanus and flu shots for some clinical sites

 

Cost of Class:
• Tuition/Registration: $180
• Text: $55 (subject to change)

• Cost of CPR card
• Liability Insurance: $13
• Optional accident insurance: $1.20

 

Other Fees:
• Certification exam
• Drug screening for clinical site
• Background check for clinical site

 

1/31/22-4/6/22, MW, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm, lecture and lab nights

Clinical hours will vary, and may include days and/or weekends.

$180                          Instructor: Youngblood

Yancey                                    828.682.7315

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