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Nephrology-Renal Technology Associate in Applied Science

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Nephrology/Renal Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The A.A.S. degree program in Nephrology (Renal Dialysis) is a medical discipline specializing in the treatment of patients with end stage renal disease and/or dysfunction. Nephrology technologists are members of a health care team dedicated to helping patients on renal dialysis. Technologists operate technical and sophisticated medical equipment which removes excess fluids and toxins from the circulatory system. They monitor, adjust settings, and record patient data during dialysis. Technologists must become familiar with associated medical support equipment, the application of such, and their safe handling and cleaning. With the high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension, the number of people developing End Stage Renal Disease is increasing. The field of Nephrology is expanding and advancing, which requires Renal Dialysis Technicians and Technologists to have more advance skills.     
      
Enrollment Procedures     
A program application is required for entry. Students are admitted in the spring semester with the program starting in the fall semester.     
      
Program Admission Requirements     
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Submit completed application to the Office of Nephrology/Renal Technology program along with official high school transcripts or GED certificate showing date of graduation and two letters of recommendation from former teachers, employers, counselors or minister.
  • Provide official transcripts for all college courses taken by applicant.
  • Submit letter to the Nephrology/Renal Technology office stating why the applicant has chosen the field of Nephrology/ Renal Technology.
  • Achieve a minimum grade “C” or better in English 101.
For more information on the Nephrology/Renal Technology program please call (312) 850-7370 or 7371.     
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Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

65

Program/Plan Number

247

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

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Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

 CH

Program Core Requirements

65  CH

​The following courses are seperated into 2 years and therefore seperated into 6 semesters as follows:

First Year 

Fall Semester: Biology 120, Renal Technology/Nephrology 101, 102, 013 & 104; 

Spring Semester: Chemistry 121, Renal Technology/Nephrology 105, 106, 107 & 108; 

Summer Semester: Renal Technology/Nephrology 109; 

Second Year 
  
Fall Semester: Psychology 201, Renal Technology/Nephrology 201, 202, 203 & 204; 
  
Spring Semester: Mathematics 118, Renal Technology/Nephrology 205, 206, 207 & 208; 
Biology
BIOLOGY 120
Terminology For Medical Careers 3
Basic medical vocabulary for allied health professionals and others with minimal background in anatomy and physiology; includes study of the human body systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Chemistry
CHEM 121
Basic Chemistry I 4
Principles of general inorganic chemistry, including properties of matter, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of stoichiometry, interpretation of the periodic table, nomenclature and introduction to solution chemistry and commonly used concentration units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and eligibility for Math 118 or higher or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving real life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. A maximum of four of the following topics is studied in depth: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers is strongly encouraged. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99 , or COMPASS placement test score range within PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99) and ALGEBRA (43-99) and College ALGEBRA (1-50), or ACT Math score range within (21-23), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Renal Technology / Nephrology
REN TC 101
Intro To Hemodialysis and Hemodialysis Procedures 3
Structure and function of kidneys and role of kidneys in maintaining homeostasis. Basic chemistry of body fluids and electrolytes. Acid base balance, fluid overload and calculation of fluid overload for dialysis patients. Chronic kidney disease and stages of chronic kidney disease. End stage renal disease and treatment options. Professionalism, ethical issues and continuous quality improvement in hemodialysis. Today?s dialysis environment and the role of regulatory agencies and organizations for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patient care. Infection control and safety in dialysis units. Patient assessment for hemodialysis and data collection. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101 OR Consent of Department Chairperson AND REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 102
Basic Hemodialysis Procedures I 3
Dialysis equipment, and machine assembly, blood lines, side ports and monitors, blood pump, air bubble detector, types of dialyzers, dialysis solution circuit and monitors. Individual versus central dialysate proportioning system, conductivity meter, machine preparation for operation, safety checks for dialysis machine, safety monitors and safety alarms, machine disassembly, internal and external machine disinfection, water treatment (deionization and reverse osmosis), uses of medication for dialysis patients and patient education on the use of medication, coagulation mechanisms, anticoagulation, heparinization and heparin pump and heparin free dialysis.. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101 OR Consent of Department Chairperson AND Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 103
Basic Hemodialsys Principles and Practice I 3
Uremic syndrome and its manifestations, advantages and disadvantages of different replacement therapies. Dialysis adequacy and factors effecting dialysis adequacy. Dialysis prescription and patient care plans for hemodialysis treatment. Access and different types of access for hemodialysis. Access complications, access care, cannulation technique and patient education on hemodialysis access. Patient and machine related complications, identification and management. Patient data recording and analysis. Anticoagulation, heparin use and complications. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101 OR Consent of Department Chairperson AND Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 104
Hemodialysis Procedures I 3
Advantages and disadvantages of various types of machines, dialyzers and supplies. Dialysis related problems; disequilibrium, air embolism, excessive ultrafiltration, dialyzer rupture, dialyzer clotting, line separation, pyrogenic reaction, hemolysis, convulsions, hepatitis; conductivity and temperature; effect of end stage renal disease on the patient, family and dialysis personnel; disease control. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 247 or REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 105
Heparinization/Bacteriology in Dialysis 3
Aseptic technique, medical ethics, legal aspects in the field of nephrology, infectious disease control, isolation techniques, patient care techniques, professional relationships of being a member of a health care team, legal aspects of medical records, patient care plan, physician orders, EKG for normal ESRD and arrhythmias. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 247 or REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 106
Diagnostic Test & Procedures in Nephrology 3
Diagnostic tests and their interpretation, an overview of bacteriology, virology, hematology, biochemistry and immunology as related to the renal patients. Infection control practices at dialysis units and hospitals will be covered. Hemodialysis access to blood steam, cannulation skills and techniques will be presented and practiced in the lab. Participation in community health screening for detection of early kidney disease. Pharmacological aspects of renal failure and access care will be explored. Patient education regarding nutrition and dietary restrictions for the dialysis patient and on dietary control. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101, REN TC 101,102,103 and 108. Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 248 OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 107
Hemodialysis Procedures II 3
Theory of negative pressure; laboratory instructions in building, sterilizing, priming, testing, washing and preparing for use. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 247 or REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 108
Clinical Experience I 3
Orientation to hemodialysis facility. Orientation to the water treatment equipment for in center dialysis unit and methods to treat water for hemodialysis use. Water testing for contaminants. Auxiliary medical equipment use. Infection control at dialysis units. Laboratory tests for hemodialysis patients and analysis. Blood draw techniques for lab testing in hemodialysis patients. Introduction to patient care, machine set up and breakdown. Patient assessment for start of dialysis, monitoring during dialysis and termination of dialysis. Types of hemodialysis access, assessment and care. Professionalism and communication in the dialysis units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101 OR Consent of Department Chairperson AND Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 109
Clinical Experience II 3
Introduction of diagnostic procedures; evaluation and interpretations of physiological or psychological status of the nephrology patient, emphasis on diagnostic tests and their interpretations; evaluation of skills in sterile techniques, setting up plate and hollow fiber dialyzers; infection control. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101, REN TC 101,102,103 and 108 OR Consent of Department Chairperson AND Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 201
Renal Physiol & Renl Diseas 3
Anatomy of the kidney; microscopic description of renal parenchyma; physiology - general mechanism of urine formation; know urinary renal function; principal symptoms of end stage renal disease. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 247 or REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 202
Renal Disease & Pathophysiology 3
The pathophysiology of acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, end stage kidney disease, its causes, manifestations and treatment will be presented. Hemodialysis in elderly patients and patients with complications along with dialysis related complications and treatment plans will be discussed. The role of the dialysis technician in providing quality long-term hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, patient preparation and education for renal replacement therapy, and transplant medicine are presented. Writing assignments, as appropriate to discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101, REN TC 101,102,103 and 108. Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 248 OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 203
Clinical Experience III 3
This course provides continuation of clinical experience at an assigned clinical site. The student through scheduled rotation receives hands on training and experience to independently put the patient on dialysis and to take the patient off. The student will enhance their skills in managing ESRD patients with co-morbidities like anemia, multiple drug regiments, diabetes, heart and lung disease. The student will identify dialysis related complications and intervene as required. The student will learn the aspects involved in high flux dialysis. The student will get an opportunity to enhance the skills of machine technology and machine maintenance needed to work as hemodialysis technician. Perform safety checks on the machines; perform machine operation evaluation and maintenance of records. Learn the basic functioning of water treatment component systems, evaluation and maintain the water treatment system as required by the regulatory agencies. Learn to perform hemodialysis using reprocessed dialyzer. The student will participate in personal and professional development activities. BONENT exam review will also be a part of this course. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Grade of C or better in HEAPRO 101, REN TC 101,102,103,106, 108, 109 and 202 OR Consent of Department Chairperson AND Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 204
Clinical Experience IV 3
Continuation of clinical experience in medical facility. Primary emphasis on developing new skills in care and treatment of acute and chronic renal patient; equipment maintenance procedures, emergency procedures, special procedures patient dietary and fluid regulation. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 247 or REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 205
Uremic Syndrome 3
Renal failure; chronic renal disease; classification - glomerular, tubular, interstitial, vascular and others; general manifestations of chronic renal disease; anemia; water imbalance, electrolyte abnormalities, gastrointestinal manifestation, neurological manifestations of renal disease; treatment, chronic hemodialysis; renal transplantation, acute hemodialysis. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 247 or REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 206
Advanced Technology in Nephrology 3
Completion of didactic experiences in a classroom setting. New modalities in dialysis; CAPD and new delivery system for dialysis, self-care, home training, complications. Patient pre- and post-teaching for nephrectomy and transplants; peritoneal dialysis; manual and automated. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the REN TC Program/Plan 247 or REN TC Program/Plan 248.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 207
Clinical Experience V 3
Continuation of clinical experience in medical facility, under the supervision of the college coordinator, clinical instructor and staff personnel, and nephrologist. Development of the following skills: advanced cannula and fistula care, administration of blood, blood sample collection, medical community support; advanced principles of hemodialysis, dietary and fluid review. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in (Renal Technology 203 and Renal Technology 204), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
REN TC 208
Clinical Experience VI 3
Completion of clinical experiences in medical facility CAPD and new delivery systems for dialysis, self-care, home training, complications; chronic and acute patients. Patient pre- and post-teaching for nephrectomy and transplants; peritoneal dialysis, manual and automated; complications and emergency procedures, plasmapheresis, bicard, short-time, hemoperfusion. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in (Renal Technology 203 and Renal Technology 204), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

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Elective Program Requirements

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Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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