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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Department of Labor Grant Supports Expansion of CPTC Hemodialysis Technician Program

Thanks to a recently-awarded Department of Labor grant, CPTC’s Hemodialysis Technician program is updating its curriculum to integrate the latest in technology.

CPTC received a portion of this nearly $12 million grant through its collaboration with The Health eWorkforce (HeW) Consortium, which consists of eight other colleges in Washington and one in Northern Virginia.

HeW is dedicated to elevating national Health Information Technology workforce development efforts and training more than 2,000 veterans, TAA-eligible workers and others for promising careers in healthcare and Health IT. In order to achieve that goal, HeW is developing Health IT training programs that will be distributed throughout the country.

Hemodialysis instructors teach to the exacting industry standards, including the latest in Health IT 
The $600,000 in grant money received by CPTC is allowing the program to implement online and hybrid instruction provided by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Instructor Ken Markovits and Curriculum Developer Matt Beil also designed original hemodialysis-specific material to help students to become skilled users of the Health IT systems they will have to work with daily in their profession. 

“Technology is becoming an increasingly important aspect of modern healthcare,” said Markovits. “It is important that our students to learn to become proficient with these programs in order to be better caregivers.”
Students become familiar with the use and operation of the dialysis machine in the lab. 
In order to accommodate the expanding program a second Hemodialysis instructor and CPTC alum, Tammy Schuler, was recently hired straight out of industry.

“I am excited to return Clover Park as an instructor,” said Schuler. “Ken has been a great mentor and I am looking forward to continuing to share the knowledge I gained in the field with my students.”

Schuler has been with CPTC since April 2013 and will be teaching the new evening Hemodialysis section starting Winter Quarter 2014.

For more information about the expanding Hemodialysis program and the grant, visit www.cptc.edu/programs/hemodialysis .
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