Methods of Instruction
The classroom portion includes four two hour lectures that will teach the student the theory and practice of hemodialysis. The classroom lectures are complemented by laboratory – like seminars where the student will have the opportunity to set up, manage, and break down a dialysis machine and perform access punctures on dummies in the classroom while mimicking a true clinical environment. All students must successfully complete a written examination at the conclusion of the didactic portion of the course before proceeding to the clinical phase of instruction.
Clinical instruction takes place in the hospital setting. Students will perform access puncture and hemodialysis treatments with actual patients in tandem with a nurse instructor. Pre and post clinical verbal and written competency testing must be successfully completed for the student to obtain a certificate of course completion. The duration of this phase of instruction can vary depending on how quickly an individual masters hemodialysis treatment techniques. A separate optional training course for peritoneal dialysis is available. The structure of the course is similar to the hemodialysis training course.