2022-2023 College Catalog

Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist TCC

Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist TCC (Major Code: HPC1)

Program Description

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.

Special Note: This program ONLY admits in fall semester.


Career Information

This is a new program at Atlanta Technical College, and labor market data is forthcoming.

Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

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.

Program Contact Information

Stephanie Griffin
Allied Health Program Coordinator

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 2 terms

Credit Hours: 17

Estimated Program Cost: $4,279


Additional Program Expenses: $615


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

Required Courses


Occupational Courses (17 Credits)

ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


HECT 1100Hemodialysis Patient Care


COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


HECT 1120Hemodialysis Practicum


Total Credit Hours: 17


Program Outcomes

1. Student will become a competent member of the health care team.
2. Student will monitor and operate dialysis machinery.
3. Student will prepare patients during dialysis treatment.
4. Student will monitor dialysis treatment.
5. Student will prepare post-treatment reports.
6. Student will work on protocols for equipment evaluation and training materials for patients and staff.