Thursday – July 31, 2014

 

Renal Dialysis Technician
Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-517-1

 

For Information: 414-297-MATC

Overview — This two-semester diploma program prepares you to qualify for employment as a Renal Dialysis Technician (RDT) in a hospital or a freestanding dialysis center.

 

Career Outlook — In the health community, Renal Dialysis Technicians (RDTs) are in high demand. RDTs, under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, are responsible for setting up equipment, preparing dialysate solutions, performing venipuncture, and monitoring patient responses during the procedure. In addition, RDTs are responsible for cleaning, quality control, and maintenance of dialysis equipment. 

Job-related duties require manual dexterity, and physical strength and endurance to perform a variety of lifting and transferring tasks related to patient care treatments. Be aware that this program and occupational field have potential for exposure to blood. For additional career information, visit www.nkf.org and click on "dialysis jobs."


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Initiate, monitor and complete dialysis procedures
  • Monitor vital signs, prepare and administer medications, and maintain reports and records
  • Maintain equipment and supplies
  • Provide psychological support to clients with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing dialysis procedures


Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process


Possible Careers:
Dialysis Technician
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
Renal Dialysis Technician (RDT)
Renal Technician


Related Programs:
Clinical Laboratory Technician
Medical Assistant
Phlebotomy
Practical Nursing

Start Date: August

Curriculum effective 2013-14.

SIXTEEN-WEEK TERMS 

Credits

 

 

* ENG-347

Communications 2

 1

 

 

OR ENG-151 or ENG-201

 

 

 

 

 


* HEALTH-101


Medical Terminology

 
3

 


 

 

* PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

 3

 

 

 

OR PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology

 

 

 

 

 


RDIAT-320


Introduction to Renal Dialysis ‡
(8 weeks)

 
3

 


 

 

RDIAT-321

Principles of Renal Dialysis 1 ‡
(8 weeks)

 4

 

 

RDIAT-302

Renal Failure and Support Therapies ‡

 3

 

 

RDIAT-304

Hemodialysis Laboratory Procedures ‡ (8 weeks)

 1

 

 

RDIAT-322

Principles of Renal Dialysis 2 ‡

 3

 

 

RDIAT-323

Clinical Practicum 1 ‡ (8 weeks)

 2

 

 

RDIAT-324

Clinical Practicum 2 ‡ (8 weeks)

 3

 

 

             

TOTAL CREDITS: 26

 

 

 

* It is strongly recommended that these courses be completed prior to entering the program.

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2013.