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Ontario Renal Network Vascular Access Education Program (VAEP00ODM19)


None - Self Directed Learning

Please note after March 31, 2020, the Vascular Access Education Program (VAEP) will be administered by Regional Renal Programs locally, and will no longer be available through the de Souza Institute. In order to provider 12 weeks to complete the VAEP, learners must have registered by end of day Monday, January 6, 2020.  Registration will no longer be available as of January 7.  If you have any questions about this transition, please feel free to reach out to Angie Yeung at the Ontario Renal Network (


Nurse education in appropriate assessment and maintenance of Vascular Access is one of the key elements in ensuring optimal vascular access for patients. The Vascular Access Education Program has been designed to provide nurses with ongoing education in VA creation, maturation, and cannulation. 

The Vascular Access Education Program was created by the Ontario Renal Network, a work unit within Cancer Care Ontario, in collaboration with the ORN Cannulation Working Group to better inform providers about the assessment and care of hemodialysis vascular accesses.

Course Syllabus


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the guidelines for vascular access and describe the rationale for these guidelines
  • Describe the types of arteriovenous fistulae, and identify access sites, complications and management of arteriovenous fistulae
  • Describe the types and use of arteriovenous grafts, and identify surgical procedures, complications and management of arteriovenous grafts
  • Describe the rope ladder and buttonhole cannulation techniques including pre-cannulation assessment for both techniques
  • Describe the types of central hemodialysis catheters and identify indications, placement sites, complications and management of central hemodialysis catheters

Course Syllabus: To view the course syllabus, please click HERE


This program is available to all dialysis nurses in Canada. VAEP training for Ontario nurses in one of the 26 Regional Renal Programs is tracked.

You will immediately gain access to the course materials and have 12 weeks* after enrollment to complete all required activities.

*Course Duration
12 weeks
Fee (CAD)

Registration is closed.

Learning Hours
de Souza Designation Credits
0 credit under Treatment and Delivery of Evidence Based Care