Professional Development



Professional Development

It is imperative for a professional to keep abreast of the ever-changing field of donation and transplantation.  NATCO members experience personal and professional growth when they engage with NATCO’s programs and professionals of the transplant community.  Engaged employees are more committed to delivering on organizational goals and standards. 


NATCO Connect

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We are very excited to announce a new tool to enhance your education and professional development in the field of donation and transplantation. NATCO Connect is an easy-to-use platform that will allow you to engage and share critical industry information and best practices with fellow members.  It will be a place where you can ask advice, share your experiences, and build relationships. 

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Certification for Clinical and Procurement Transplant Professionals

Transplant certification is provided by the American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC). ABTC is an independent, self-supporting credentialing organization for transplant professionals. NATCO sponsored ABTC at its inception, and ABTC became a separate entity in 1988, shortly before the first administration of the certification examinations.

Further certification details & ABTC contact info

Core Competencies

The Core Competencies for the Clinical Transplant Coordinator and the Procurement Transplant Coordinator outlines general practitioner/coordinator competencies that are broad in scope to acknowledge the diverse professional practices unique to each transplant center and organ and tissue procurement organization. They are meant to be applicable to both adult and pediatric age groups and cover multiple practice categories.

Further information regarding Core Competencies

Kidney Independent Living Donor Advocacy Training Documentation Manual

NATCO has developed a manual for the Kidney Independent Living Donor Advocate; the goal of the manual is to provide the tools necessary to help the Independent Living Donor Advocate/Independent Living Donor Advocate Team work with the potential donor and be certain that all necessary information has been imparted to the potential donor. NATCO recognizes that at each transplant center many different individuals may fulfill this role. In preparing this manual, NATCO solicited input from many social workers, physicians, nurses and clergy who currently work as donor advocates in their institutions. While there are too many to name individually, we want to assure the reader that all points of view were considered.

Download the Kidney Independent Living Donor Advocacy Training Documentation Manual

Renal Transplant Education Modules

Filtering Through the Evidence: A Multi-Modular Educational Initiative on Renal Transplantation, will serve as a comprehensive educational resource for renal transplant nephrologists and nurses as they are challenged with an increasing number of high-risk patients. Combining live lectures with enduring materials, this year-long initiative will seek to provide nephrology transplant clinicians with detailed insights and practical strategies for improving the multi-faceted care of renal transplant recipients.

Modules web site

Progress In Transplantation

Progress in Transplantation is the official journal of NATCO, the Organization for Transplant Professionals. The journal is a quarterly, indexed, peer-reviewed publication. Currently, the journal can be accessed through MEDLINE, CINAHL, the International Nursing Index and EMBASE.

Journal Partners include: Australasian Transplant Coordinators Association and Society for Transplant Social Workers. Journal Associates include: Association for Nurses Endorsing Transplantation, International Transplant Coordinators Society, Japan Transplant Coordinators Organization, United Kingdom Transplant Coordinators' Association, and Canadian Association of Transplantation

Progresses in Transplantation web page

Pediatric Donor Management (Dosing) Guidelines

NATCO's Pediatric Donor Management Guidelines were developed by Thomas Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Nakagawa outlines dosages and medication modifications for pediatric donors.  

View a copy of the Pediatric Guidelines

Treatment Guidelines for Donor Care

The Proposed Treatment Guidelines for Donor Care document was written by David J. Powner, MD, FCCP, FCCM, Joseph M. Darby, MD, and John A. Kellum, MD, FCCM. The document provides an outline for treatment of issues during care of the adult brain dead organ donor.

Download Treatment Guidelines for Donor Care