Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist

Program DescriptionThe Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist technical certificate of credit equips health care workers with the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary to succeed in the field of hemodialysis.

Program Details

  • Major Code: HPC1
  • Award Level: TCC
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring
  • Minimum Length of Program: 3 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 17

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements
  • Current CPR card required

Applicants must meet general admission requirements, as well as the following minimum requirements. Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements will be classified as either learning support or provisional status and must take the prescribed learning support courses to prepare for the core curriculum. Applicants must apply and be admitted to the Hemodialysis program in the admissions department of Southern Crescent Technical College and their major must be Healthcare Science or Healthcare Assistant. Upon successful completion (or transfer in) of ALHS 1040 and COMP 1000, students must apply to the program-ready list.

Candidate Selection

Selection of candidates for Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist will be based on a competitive admission process. The following criteria will be used:

  1. Date applied to program-ready list
  2. Completion of all core classes with a C or better
  3. Available classroom size and available clinical sites

Check with program advisors for more information.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Equipment/supplies$40 (approximate)
Liability insurance$4
Medical examVaries
Background/drug screenVaries
CPR$5 (if taken with ALHS 1040)

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual's path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers3
Second Term
HECT 1100Hemodialysis Patient Care7
Third Term
HECT 1120Hemodialysis Practicum4

Documentation of a physical examination is turned in during the first HECT term with an accompanying completed drug screen and background check sheet.

*A student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be admitted to the Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist program; however such a conviction may prohibit a student from attending clinical sites and/or taking the National exam. Documentation of satisfying the penalty of the felony must be presented to the National Board with the exam application. Permission to sit for the exam rests solely with the National Board. Permission to attend a clinical site rests solely with the clinical facility.

Note: Grading standards for Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist courses are very stringent. For students to progress to the next course of study, a minimum grade of C must be maintained. Students who are unsuccessful maintaining a C within the HECT 1100 curriculum will be advised to choose another program of study.

Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist

Program Faculty

Christy Smith

Career and Academic Planning

Tyreece Echols
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107