The non-profit Medical Education Institute wants to help you do the best job you can by offering an array of continuing education (CE) courses based on research and adult learning principles for nurses and dialysis technicians.

All of our courses are approved/certified by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)

Kidneys: How They Work, How They Fail, What You Can Do: Kidney School Module 1

Learn basic information about the functions of the kidneys, the causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and some signs of kidney disease. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

1 Credit for $10. Learn More or Buy the Course


Treatment Options for Kidney Failure: Kidney School Module 2

Learn basic information about the treatment options for renal failure, pro's & con's of each, the lifestyle implications of treatment choice, and the importance of the patient's role in choosing a treatment. This module emphasizes the benefits of more dialysis and availability of home treatment options. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Working With Your Healthcare Team: Kidney School Module 3

Learn about the chronic healthcare team members, including the patient as self-manager. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Following Your Treatment Plan: Kidney School Module 4

Learn about the key parts of a CKD treatment plan and role of patient. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Coping With Kidney Disease: Kidney School Module 5

Learn about common emotions experienced by chronic kidney disease patients, as well as coping strategies that might be useful. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Anemia and Kidney Disease: Kidney School Module 6

Learn about the etiology, interventional measures, and cardiovascular risk associated with anemia in chronic kidney disease, and the effects of low hemoglobin levels on patient quality of life. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Understanding Kidney Lab Tests: Kidney School Module 7

Learn about how laboratory testing is used to monitor kidney function, the effectiveness of dialysis treatments, and the overall health of people with CKD. Common tests, what they measure, and how to interpret the results are covered and a table with normal lab values (and dialysis lab norms) is included. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Vascular Access: A Lifeline for Dialysis: Kidney School Module 8

Learn about hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis accesses, how each is created, monitored, and used. Other topics include the complications and risks associated with different types of hemodialysis accesses, what patients need to know about access care, why it's good for patients to put in their own needles, and how to help patients overcome needle fear. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Nutrition and Fluids for People on Dialysis: Kidney School Module 9

Learn about the special nutrition and fluid needs of people on dialysis and the challenges of following dietary guidelines. This module offers suggestions for getting the right amounts of nutrients, planning healthy meals, and eating out. Vitamins, supplements, as well as phosphate binders and their connection to renal bone disease are also discussed. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Getting Adequate Dialysis: Kidney School Module 10

Learn about how to measure the effectiveness of dialysis treatments and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of inadequate dialysis. Because dialysis replaces only a small part of kidney function, getting the right amount of treatment is key to living long and living well. This module also explains the important elements of a dialysis prescription, how dialyzers differ from one another, and how dialyzer reuse affects treatments. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Sexuality and Fertility: Kidney School Module 11

Learn about how CKD affects sexuality and fertility in both men and women. This module offers tips and suggestions that may help patients address the issue of intimacy in their relationships. There's also a special section about how to approach the unique needs of children/adolescents with CKD. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Staying Active with Kidney Disease: Kidney School Module 12

Learn about importance of participation in day-to-day activities for those with kidney disease. This module describes how exercise, good sleep habits and other activities can improve the quality of life of people on dialysis. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Heart Health and Blood Pressure: Kidney School Module 13

Learn about how chronic kidney disease affects heart health. High blood pressure is the number two cause of kidney disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of kidney patients. This module offers suggestions about how to manage blood pressure and keep kidney patients' kidneys and hearts healthy. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Patient Rights and Responsibilities: Kidney School Module 14

Learn about the rights and responsibilities of the person with kidney disease and their role as a member of the healthcare team. This module offers suggestions about how to handle conflicts with healthcare providers. Decision-making about end-of-life issues is also included in this module. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Alternative Treatments: Kidney School Module 15

Learn about alternative treatments like acupuncture, massage, herbs, and homeopathy and how they may improve or impair the health of people with CKD. This module also discusses which treatments are safe for dialysis patients. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Long-term Effects of Dialysis: Kidney School Module 16

Learn about how people with kidney failure can live for decades with dialysis and/or a kidney transplant. This module also describes the long-term effects of dialysis and how to deal with them. The purpose of Kidney School CE courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition.

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Help, I Need Dialysis! How to Have a Good Life with Kidney Disease

Learn about dialysis modality options currently available in the US, the pro’s and con’s of each modality option and how each modality impacts your patients' lifestyle choices. Use this approach to provide outstanding home dialysis education.

FOR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PURCHASERS ONLY: After purchasing this course, you can email us at purchasing@mei.org to receive a free print copy of the book, "Help, I Need Dialysis!" In your email, use the subject line CE Free Help Book and you must include your name (as it appears on your user account for this site), mailing address (U.S. addresses only), and phone number.

5 Credits for $50. Learn More or Buy the Course


Engage Patients in Your Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Learn about the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) core elements of antibiotic stewardship and how it relates to the use of antibiotics in the dialysis facility. Looking at the set of commitments and actions designed to “optimize the treatment of infections while reducing the adverse events associated with antibiotic use.” Practical ways that dialysis facilities and staff can initiate or expand antibiotic stewardship to involve patients.

1 Credit for $10. Learn More or Buy the Course


Implementing Hemodialysis in the Home - print book will be shipped to you

Self - Study Course - using the book, "Implementing Hemodialysis in the Home." After you purchase the course, send us your contact information and we will ship you the book. Please allow 7–10 business days for shipping. The course requires review of the book and successfully completing a test. This book is designed as a guide to support healthcare teams worldwide as they develop a successful home HD program in their region or expand an existing program for their facilities to better serve their eligible patients with end-stage kidney disease. Home Hemodialysis (HD) offers several clinical advantages over facility-based hemodialysis. It is a safe and effective form of renal replacement therapy that delivers superior care to HD patients. Given its benefits, home HD is greatly underutilized throughout the world.

4 Credits for $40. Learn More or Buy the Course


Healthcare Professionalism, Ethics, and Empathy

Working with the same patients over a long time can be rewarding, but maintaining proper boundaries is essential. Learn about healthcare technical and ethical standards, patient/provider relationships and boundaries, and the dialysis patient's point-of-view to develop interpersonal communication skills.

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Include Dialysis Patients in your Facility Culture of Safety

Learn about the culture of safety with the focus on effective systems and teamwork--including patients--to accomplish the mutual goal of safe, high-quality performance. When something goes wrong, the focus is on what, rather than who, is the problem. The intent is to bring process failures and system issues to light, and to solve them in a non-biased non-threatening way.

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