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Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician Program (Minnesota)

Note: This program is paused and not accepting applications. To ensure the highest quality training, changes are being made to the curriculum and other aspects of the program. Due to this restructuring, the August 2014 class is not available. At this time, you may apply directly for hemodialysis patient care technician positions by visiting the Jobs at Mayo Clinic website.

Program Description
Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) offers a four-month Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician (HPCT) Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. This program consists of a blended curriculum of online and classroom, as well as, labs and clinicals. The program provides comprehensive clinical knowledge and skills that enable practitioners to provide hemodialysis to patients.

The program teaches students how to work with patients and how to use hemodialysis equipment properly. The program focuses on helping students learn to take vital signs, obtain vascular access, take laboratory blood samples and work comfortably with patients and their families.

Program Goal
The goal of this program is to provide each student with the knowledge base and clinical skills necessary to assure high-quality patient care to those who have Stage V kidney disease.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Fax: 312-263-7462

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester comprises an extensive outpatient complex, two hospitals, and research and education facilities. It is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic Dialysis Services (MCDS)includes eight hemodialysis units within a 130-mile radius of Rochester. Dialysis unit sizes range from six to 39 chairs, comprising a total of 138 chairs and serving more than 350 patients. The current staffing configuration for the hemodialysis units includes one registered nurse (RN) working with either two hemodialysis patient care technicians (PCT) or one PCT and one licensed practical nurse (LPN). This team is responsible for the care of up to nine patients. The primary education site for this program is Mayo Clinic in Rochester, however, clinical rotations may be completed at any of the eight Mayo hemodialysis facilities in the surrounding area.

Graduation and Certification
Upon successful completion of the HPCT program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences.

This program is a C-Net verified program, meeting the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission's certification training requirements.

Graduates must obtain national certification within 18 months of being hired into and working in the hemodialysis patient care setting.

For the majority of the program, your learning schedule will include Monday through Friday with occasional weekends. Hours will vary with rotation. Class days are on Tuesdays with clinicals scheduled throughout the remainder of the week.

Class Size
Twice each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to six students to its HPCT Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The small class size ensures you will receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience

  • April 7, 2014
  • ART684483