By June 3, 2017 Read More →

Florida Panhandle Technical College in Chipley, Florida Offering 100% Full Scholarships For Dialysis Career Training

The saying goes ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’, but Florida Panhandle Technical College, in Chipley, Florida, is offering a full scholarship to several of their career-oriented programs.

One growth industry and a career with with high regional employee demand is Hemodialysis, taught by Melissa Watford, who previously taught the Patient Care Technology Course, and consists of 600 hours.

Currently almost a half million Americans require dialysis to remove waste products and excess water from their blood, but by 2030 that number is expected to increase to two million Americans.

In hemodialysis, a patient’s vein or catheter tubing is used to pump blood outside of the body and through a machine, called a dialyzer, which filters out waste.  The cleansed blood is then pumped back into the body, and the treatment lasts approximately three to four hours.

Typically this procedure needs to be performed three times per week at a dialysis center or appropriate health clinic, and the need for dialysis technicians is growing.

Hemodialysis is the most common way to treat advanced kidney failure and the procedure allows people to carry on an active life despite failing kidneys.

Recently two students from the FPTC Hemodialysis Program were hired by local health provider DaVita, with Michelle Bowen and Hali Peacock starting new careers in this exciting industry.

‘We are extremely happy that our students are being recognized as well-trained and qualified for these positions’, says Watford, who expects this scholarship offer to increase the number of students in her program..

‘With over 40 degree and certification programs, the opportunity for “a career in a year” is not only doable, but employers in the region are actively and aggressively looking for employees with these skills’, says Florida Panhandle Technical College Director Martha Compton.

FPTC currently offers programs as diverse as Hemodialysis, Licensed Practical Nursing, Welding, Pharmacy Tech, Automotive, Patient Care Technology, Networking, Cosmetology, CyberSecurity, Electrical, Law Enforcement and Corrections, and Heavy Equipment Operator.

The FPTC Drafting and Medical Coding/Billing programs are also offering full scholarships to qualifying applicants, and we will highlight those trades in an upcoming article.

Contact Florida Panhandle Technical College Student Services at 757 Hoyt Street in Downtown Chipley, Florida, visit our website at or give us a call at 850-638-1180 (Ext. 317) for more information.





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