What you will learn
Upon completion of the Renal Dialysis program students will be able to:
- Prepare, maintain, and troubleshoot dialysis equipment and courses for treatment
- Work effectively, ethically, and professionally both individually and as part of an inter-professional healthcare team
- Maintain a safe environment by following infection control protocols, occupational health and safety guidelines, and established standards of care
- Perform patient care duties within assigned roles and responsibilities
- Document observations and care provided according to clinical and agency standards
What to expect
This is a full-time face-to-face program. Days and hours may vary. The clinical placement may include some early mornings and evenings.
The program consists of two courses: theory and clinical. The theory course is delivered through classroom instruction, group discussions, case-studies, and simulations. Students apply theoretical knowledge in the clinical practicum, which takes place in hospital or community dialysis clinics. The clinical course is delivered through clinical instruction and supervision, observation and assessment, daily post-clinical conferences and reflective journaling.
Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
Proof of English proficiency and English 12 with a 'C+' or equivalent
Biology 12 with a C+, or VCC BIOL 0983/BIOL 0993 with a C+, or equivalent
OACP 1108 Medical Terminology 1: or equivalent, taken within 5 years
MSKL 1104 Interpersonal Communication Skills - Health: or equivalent
Upon acceptance, students will also be required to complete the following:
- Criminal Record Check (CRC). In accordance to the Criminal Records Review Act, all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online. Applicants to the program are responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check.
- Current CPR - Level C
- Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
- A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (on an annual basis)
- Chicken Pox
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- Good command of oral and written English.
- Ability to adjust to work in a hospital setting. Previous health care experience is an asset.
- Ability to operate related equipment.
- Ability to take initiative, handle responsibility and maintain confidentiality.
- Dependable, ethical and respectful.
- Ability to work under close direction as a member of a health care team.
- Attention to detail, accuracy, patience, and ability to work well under pressure.
- Flexibility to adjust to early morning and evening practicum shifts, to a variety of clinical settings and locations within the Lower Mainland area.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of a renal technician, including standing for long periods of time and performing repetitive movements.
Both courses must be completed simultaneously in order to graduate.
|RENL 1001||Renal Dialysis Tech Theory||3.5|
|RENL 1002||Renal Dialysis Tech Clinical||7|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
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|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.