Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician

Program Overview

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 Flint is approved by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT); Web address: www.bonent.org. Program Status: Limited Enrollment 

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The college complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, clients, caregivers and for clinical documentation.
  • Complete accurate documentation encompassing the entire treatment in a clinical setting.
  • Conduct his/her self in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate proper infection technique.
  • Demonstrate water treatment sampling and interpretation of results.
  • Successfully cannulate vascular access.
  • Perform diagnostic and interventional testing.
  • Accurately measure vital signs.
  • Evaluate patency of vascular access.
  • Prepare lab specimens.
  • Demonstrate CPR competencies.
  • Administration medication safely.
  • Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication skills.
  • Demonstrate operation, testing, and disinfection of equipment.
  • Accurately prepare dialysate.
  • Demonstrate the use of proper body mechanics.
  • Safely and effectively conduct hemodialysis treatment including care of vascular access.
  • Adhere to HIPAA and CMS professional standards for the care of renal patients.


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