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Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician Associate Degree from Baker College

Hemodialysis Patient Care TechnicianAssociate of Applied Science

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Prepare to become a caring professional.

Hemodialysis technicians work closely with patients who are undergoing treatment for kidney failure. They prepare patients for the procedure, connect them to the dialysis machine to remove waste products from the blood, and monitor them throughout treatment, under the supervision of Registered or Practical Nurses.

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Career Facts

$33,000

Median salary for Hemodialysis Technicians

13%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$47,820

Median salary for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

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Overview

Through the Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician program, you learn how to provide dialysis patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. 

It’s a complete curriculum, designed with the continuing guidance of industry professionals, and taught by hemodialysis practitioners who share their insights and experience. Through classwork, hands-on training in the lab, and a clinical externship, you learn how to assess patient vital signs, prepare and use the dialysis machine, monitor patient medications and treatment, and other practices essential to your work.

You’ll be fully prepared with the knowledge and skills you need to sit for the national exam for certification as a Hemodialysis Technician (CHT), and begin a rewarding career.   

Enrollment for this program is limited.

Course Information
Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician Major Requirements60 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HSC 102
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1
HSC 104
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the study of diseases. Emphasis will be on the definition, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases. This course will concentrate on clinical abstracting from the medical record.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, C or better in SCI 102C or C or better in SCI 100F. Bachelor of Health Services Administration majors: C or better in SCI 100F. No minimum grade requirement for Phlebotomy or Pharmacy Technician majors.
Introduction to Disease4
HSC 151
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101
Introduction to Electronic Health Records2
HT 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of hemodialysis. Kidney disease and its treatments, both historical and current, will be discussed. Professionalism in the field will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ENG 102, B- or better in MED 103, B- or better in MTH 108, B- or better in SCI 102C.
Corequisite(s):
MED 116.
Introduction to Dialysis4
HT 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an understanding of scientific and dialysis principles, such as osmosis and diffusion, and how they are applied in dialysis treatment. Devices required for dialysis and the theory of dialysis will also be discussed. This course consists of 30 hours of theory/lecture and 20 hours of lab experience.

Prerequisite(s):
P in HSC 102, B- or better in HT 101, B- or better in MED 116, Student background check, acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
HT 131, MED 185.
Fundamentals of Dialysis I4
HT 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to the process of initiating dialysis. The procedures and complications associated with the initiation of dialysis are discussed along with the types of vascular accesses. Infection control and prevention are emphasized. Students will practice the steps for initiating dialysis during this course. This course consists of 30 hours of theory/lecture and 20 hours of lab experience.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in HT 111, B- or better in HT 131, B- or better in MED 185.
Corequisite(s):
HT 132, PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Fundamentals of Dialysis II4
HT 113
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on water treatment and the functions of dialysis, including dialyzer reprocessing. An understanding of the water treatment components their function and required AAMI Standards as it pertains to the function of the water treatment facility will be emphasized. This course consists of 30 hours of theory/lecture and 20 hours of lab experience.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval, B- or better in HT 112, B- or better in HT 132, B- or better in PSY 101 or B- or better in PSY 111.
Corequisite(s):
HT 133, HT 171, WRK 291B.
Fundamentals of Dialysis III4
HT 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to participate in 40 hours of lab experience and an 80 hour clinical experience with patients and technologists at an approved ESRD center or hospital with ESRD facilities. This practicum will include an orientation to the clinical or facility, the operation of dialysis machine (limited to assemble and disassemble), gathering supplies for dialysis treatment, verification of the treatment plan, and preparation of the delivery system. Students must be prepared and willing to participate on any shift that may be required to complete this practicum experience.

Prerequisite(s):
P in HSC 102, B- or better in HT 101, B- or better in MED 116, Student background check, acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
HT 111, MED 185.
Clinical Practicum I (Lab)4
HT 132
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4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to participate in 40 hours of lab experience and an 80 hour clinical experience with patients and technologists at an approved ESRD center or hospital with ESRD facilities. This practicum will include reinforcement of the skill sets learned in Clinical Practicum I. In addition, students will demonstrate their skills in pre-dialysis patient assessment, evaluation and preparation of the internal vascular access for needle insertion. Students must be prepared and willing to participate on any shift that may be required to complete this practicum experience.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in HT 111, B- or better in HT 131, B- or better in MED 185.
Corequisite(s):
HT 112, PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Clinical Practicum II (Lab)4
HT 133
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4 Quarter Hours

Requires students to participate in a 170 hour clinical experience with patients and technologists at an approved ESRD center or hospital with ESRD facilities. This practicum will include an evaluation of competency in the skill sets learned in Clinical Practicum I and II. In addition, students will demonstrate their ability to initiate hemodialysis with a catheter and participate in dialysis reprocessing unit orientation.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval, B- or better in HT 112, B- or better in HT 132, B- or better in PSY 101 or B- or better in PSY 111.
Corequisite(s):
HT 113, HT 171, WRK 291B.
Clinical Practicum III (Externship)4
HT 171
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3 Quarter Hours

Provides a comprehensive review for individuals interested in taking a Hemodialysis Certification exam. The review will include the terminology, anatomy and physiology, patient care, machine technology, water treatment, dialyzer reprocessing and educational/personal development content areas of the examination.

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Corequisite(s):
HT 113, HT 133, WRK 291B.
Hemodialysis Technician Credential Review3
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
MED 106
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1 Quarter Hours

Introduces the concept of medical and surgical asepsis and infection control. This course includes Universal Precautions and OSHA Regulations. 5 hours of lecture and 10 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, Acceptance in the program.
Asepsis1
MED 116
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic clinical skills required of medical office staff such as vital signs and assisting with physical examinations. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ENG102, B- or better in MED103, B- or better in MTH108, B- or better in SCI102C, B- or better in MED103.
Corequisite(s):
HT101
Patient Assessment2
MED 185
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2 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to properly perform capillary and venipuncture in a professional manner. This course will include a review of the cardiovascular system and the role of the phlebotomist as part of the health care team. Hands-on lab experiences will be included. Students must have Hepatitis B immunization. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 106, C or better in MED 116, C or better in SCI 100F or C or better in SCI 102C. Hemodialysis Majors: B- or better in MED 103, B- or better in SCI 100F, Medical Laboratory Technician
Corequisite(s):
Hemodialysis Majors: HT 111, HT 131. Medical Laboratory Technician Majors: SCI 102C.
Phlebotomy2
SCI 101C
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5 Quarter Hours

Deals with the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy and Physiology I5
SCI 102C
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Anatomy and Physiology II5
SCI 131
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces basic theories about the composition of living cells. Structure and function of various microbes will be explored. The human diseases caused by these microbes in addition to their treatments will be presented.

Concepts in Microbiology2
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements30 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161B
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 90

Program Description

This program prepares the Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician student to provide direct dialysis patient care duties assisting with provision of treatment and documentation, under the supervision of an RN. The technician is responsible to assess the patient's vital signs and weight and to report any abnormalities to the RN. The technician will utilize venipuncture to connect the patient to the dialysis machine, obtain blood samples, and will monitor medication and treatment. Following each treatment the technician is responsible for disinfecting the dialysis machine and preparing the machine for future patient use. Graduates will be eligible to write a national exam for certification as Hemodialysis Technician (CHT). Baker College of Clinton Township and Flint are approved by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT); Web address: www.bonent.org. Program Status: Limited Enrollment

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification. 

Baker College of Clinton Township and Flint are approved by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT); Web address: www.bonent.org.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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