LISLE, Ill.—Nephrology Clinical Solutions (NCS), in conjunction with group purchasing organization Integrated Nephrology Network (INN), has launched an online hemodialysis review course and practice test for healthcare providers.
NCS said it developed the review course in response to the requirement by the Medicare Conditions for Coverage regulations, which took effect in October 2008. The program’s goal is to provide a more effective and convenient option for patient care technicians (PCTs), and also to serve as a continuing education (CE) resource and training tool for personnel new to the hemodialysis industry.
The review course is divided into eight modules covering the clinical, technical, and general knowledge required by personnel working in end-stage renal disease facilities.
The online availability of this course makes it easy to access, allows self-paced study, and requires no time off from work to attend review classes, according to NCS. In addition, PCTs who are employed at INN member facilities receive a discounted rate to take the course.
“INN believes this online course will make education easy to access and provides dialysis providers and PCTs a solution to the ever changing regulatory requirements in healthcare,” said William Venus, general manager for INN.
The review course and test questions were developed by nephrology nurses and technicians with extensive clinical experience in ESRD facilities. The content is based on the published blueprints of the currently available national certification exams offered by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT), Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC), and National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO).
To sign up for the Hemodialysis Review Course: 2009 go to www.commlabuniversity.com/asdhealthcare.