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- The Nephrology Biomedical Technologist Program at DTI, is a specialized training program that provides theory and practical instruction in the maintenance and repair of dialysis water treatment systems, and equipment used to provide hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatments for patients with chronic kidney disease, This program leads to the occupation of certified biomedical nephrology technician.
The general objective of the program is to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the nephrology biomedical technician to repair and maintain hemodialysis equipment, peritoneal dialysis equipment, and the water treatment systems for hemodialysis treatments and dialyzer reuse, to ensure safe and effective care to nephrology patients in the chronic or acute-care setting.
This 36-week program consists of classroom (didactic) instruction concurrent with laboratory followed by externship training.
Method of Instruction
The program comprises lectures, projects, demonstrations, tests, and reading assignments from Nephrology Biomedical Technologist, and the Basic Hemodialysis Training, DTI’s official textbooks. Classroom lectures are arranged to accommodate availability of appropriate clinical situations.
As part of the externship training, the biomedical technician trainee will initially observe dialysis equipment repair and calibration procedures, and demonstrations practiced in the classroom setting. When ready, each biomedical technician trainee will perform the procedure under the direction of the designated biomedical technologist preceptor.
The Nephrology Biomedical Technologist program is a comprehensive series of modules covering the following required topics
• Orientation/Academic Expectations
• Professional Development
• Essentials of Renal Replacement Therapy
• Regulatory Compliance
• Clinical Skills
• Mgnt.of Dialysis Equipment & H2O Treatment Equipment
• Hemodialysis Theory
• Hemodialysis Clinical Skills Laboratory
• Biomedical Technologist Externship
Program Objectives & Educational Outcomes
To prepare biomedical students for a career in the field of nephrology biomedical technology:
• To provide the foundation in principles of hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, renal anatomy and physiology, and medical and mechanical complications of dialysis;
• Operate dialysis equipment and devices;
• Assess the condition and operating parameters of hemodialysis equipment;
• Coordinate repair and maintenance of the water treatment system;
• Identify problems that threaten the health and safety of patients and staff in the dialysis facility;
• To provide a foundation in electrical safety codes, 510K devices, title 22 requirements, AAMI water treatment standards for hemodialysis and dialyzer reuse, and Life Safety Codes;
• To provide a working knowledge of infection control practices, hazardous chemicals commonly found in the dialysis setting to enable the nephrology biomedical student to perform the duties of the position in a safe and effective manner;
• Effectively document and report on interventions and outcomes;
• Effectively operate in the acute-care setting; and
• Deliver staff education in support of overall operational goals in the dialysis facility.
• Upon successful completion of the Nephrology Biomedical Technologist Program, the student will be eligible to obtain employment as a Nephrology Biomedical Technologist/Technician, or Chief Technician (CT) and will be eligible for voluntary certification.
A student interested in admission to the Nephrology Biomedical Technologist Program at DTI must:
• Be 18 years of age by the scheduled starting date of the class for which he or she is applying;
• Submit a completed Enrollment Application;
• Participate in a face-to-face interview with the Admissions Director, Program Director, or Executive Director;
• Achieve a passing score on the DTI program specific Entrance Exam 70% or better.;
• Provide evidence of high school graduation, or equivalent;
• Provide valid identification (two forms of government-issued identification, one of which must include a photograph).