DTI is a dialysis training school in Southern California. DTI training is focused on preparing entry-level dialysis nurses and dialysis technicians for work in outpatient hemodialysis facilities.
Basic Hemodialysis Training Program
The Basic Hemodialysis Training Program is an entry-level training program that provides theory and practical instruction to students in the care and treatment of renal patients. This program leads to the occupations of certified hemodialysis technician (CHT) (also called dialysis tech) or one of the other dialysis nurse specialities. (The nurse specialty option is only available to those students who already hold a valid California registered nurse license.) The training program comprises 144 hours of classroom and laboratory training, and up to 270 hours of required clinical externship training (for a total of 414 training hours) in the fundamental aspects of hemodialysis.
Program Objectives & Educational Outcomes
The general objective of the program is to help the student attain a fundamental grounding in hemodialysis, including an introduction to the theory and practice of anatomy and physiology of the kidneys and urinary system, acute and chronic renal failure, biochemistry, care and concerns of the dialysis patient, the procedural routine of hemodialysis, and anticoagulation.
The program provides the student with the basic background necessary to render patient care of the highest quality and to function safely and professionally in a hemodialysis facility. Upon successful completion of the Basic Hemodialysis Training Program, the student will be able to complete the following tasks in accordance with standard hemodialysis policies and procedures:
- prepare the dialyzer for treatment;
- initiate and terminate hemodialysis treatments;
- assess and monitor patients and equipment during dialysis;
- identify and treat routine medical complications during dialysis; and
- identify and report psychosocial problems in the patient.