The duration of the CAS is 2 years.
The CAS curriculum covers 6 modules, each module being worth 3 ECTS for a total of 18 ECTS (or 540 hours study time).
The course offers six different modules:
1. Salt, Water and Hypertension: module 1 focuses on the renal regulation of sodium, chloride, water and potassium homeostasis as well as on the pathophysiology of hypertension.
2. Acid-Base Homeostasis: module 2 focuses on the renal handling of acids & bases and the role of the kidney in pH homeostasis as well as on the pathophysiology of renal tubular acidosis.
3. Calcium and Phosphate: module: 3 focuses on the renal handling physiology and pathophysiology of calcium and phosphate homeostasis, and the respective role of the kidney, intestine, bone and other organs.
4. Oxygen Signalling and Cancer: module 4 focuses on gas exchanges, the role of erythropoietin, hypoxia-inducible factors, oxygen related pathology and novel treatments.
5. Metabolism and Kidney Function: module 5 focuses on role of kidney in metabolism and the relationship between metabolism and kidney function.
6. Inflammation and Immunology: module 6 focuses on the role of inflammation and immunology in kidney diseases.
The duration of the DAS includes the 2 year CAS program (all six modules) plus documented scientific achievements (e.g. a publication in a peer-review journal) and active participation at conferences.