The American Kidney Fund offers online courses that meet the continuing education requirements of health care professionals caring for patients with, or at risk for, kidney disease.

To earn credits, select a course, complete the learning module(s), and take the associated exam and evaluation.

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Helping New Patients Adjust to Dialysis

This course is designed for renal health care professionals who work with patients that are new to dialysis.
CE credits: 1.00 Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR);
1.20 National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT); 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 National Commission for Health Education Creditialing (NCHEC); 1.00 Attendance

Managing Hyperphosphatemia

The goals of this course are to identify and understand the challenges dietitians and other allied health professionals face in managing hyperphosphatemia in their patients and identify effective tools and strategies they can employ in their own practice.
CE credits: 1.00 Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); 1.20 NANT; 1.00 Attendance

Online Course Series for Professionals: Cornerstones of Care

The effective delivery of dialysis treatment requires each clinician to be skilled in multiple areas. Whereas most renal professionals receive training regarding the clinical aspects of the initiation, monitoring and discontinuation of a dialysis treatment, less attention is paid to other important issues associated with effective care. To help health care professionals in the delivery of a successful "health care experience" for their patients, AKF has developed the Cornerstones of Care series, which includes the following courses:

  • Building Relationships
    CE credits: 0.70 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance
  • Professionalism
    CE credits:0.70 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance

Depression: Building a Foundation for Care

This training focuses on four specific areas to enhance social workers' ability to care for patients suffering from depression.
CE credits: 1.20 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance 

Caring for Others, Caring for Yourself

This course is designed to help social workers better manage the stress and challenges they encounter each day to improve patient care.
CE credits: 1.20 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance 

Understanding Depression: Helping Patients to Improve Outcomes and Quality of Life

This course will help social workers develop a plan of care for the management of individuals with kidney disease and depression.
CE credits: 1.20 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance 

Helping Patients Prepare for Kidney Replacement Therapy

This course addresses kidney replacement therapy and dialysis access options for patients with stage IV and stage V kidney disease.
CE credits: 3.60 NANT; 3.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 3.00 Attendance 

Weighing the Outcomes: Ethical Issues in Kidney Disease

This course presents a decision-making framework and strategies that health care teams may employ in response to daily ethical dilemmas.
CE credits: 3.60 NANT; 3.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 3.00 Attendance