2019-2020 College Catalog

Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist TCC

Program Description (Major Code: HPC1)

The 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. Furthermore, this program enables you to sit for a national certification with National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO). There are 2 exams offered: the Certification Exam in Clinical Nephrology Technology (CCNT) and the Certification Exam in Biomedical Nephology Technology (CBNT), to become a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT). Occupational Trends: Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialists are employed in dialysis facilities located in hospitals and out-patient facilities, as well as home dialysis programs or industry.

Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist median pay is approximately $36,200 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the Office of Enrollment Services
  • Students may be required to successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen analysis prior to placement in clinical settings

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/tcsg_policy_manual.pdf.

Course Outline


Occupational Courses (16 Credits)

FYES 1001First Year Experience Seminar


ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


HECT 1100Hemodialysis Patient Care


HECT 1120Hemodialysis Practicum


Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 2 Credits

Estimated Program Cost: $4,279

Additional Cost $690
CPR Certification Card $10
Uniform & Nursing Shoes $75
Background & Drug Screening $80
HEP. B Vaccine/PPD $150
Physical Examination $150
Registry Examination $225