IV Certification and Certificate Programs

Health care personnel who wish to gain knowledge or expand their skill set in intravenous (IV) therapy can enroll in IV therapy certificate programs. Students learn practical approaches to IV therapy preparation and administration. They might gain an understanding IV techniques through demonstrations, hands-on lab work and supervised clinical work experience.

Essential Information

IV therapy certificate programs can typically qualify as continuing education for licensure purposes. Qualified applicants can obtain IV therapy certifications through professional nursing organizations. IV therapy nurses can earn voluntary industry certifications through various organizations. The National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (www.nflpn.org) offers an IV Therapy and Gerontology certification. Additionally, the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (www.incc1.org) offers a Certified Registered Nurse Infusion credential. To qualify for professional IV certification, applicants must generally be licensed nurses, have completed a minimum number of working hours in IV therapy and pass an exam.

  • Prerequisites: Be a registered nurse or have licensed practical nurse status

IV Therapy Certification

IV therapy certificate program topics of study include refresher courses in anatomy, physiology and health care laws. Students also usually have supervised clinical work. Class topics include:

  • IV solution concentrations
  • IV preparation and vein selection
  • Patient complications from IV therapy
  • Central access techniques and central line care in IV therapy
  • IV therapies for specific disease control
  • Health care legalities and regulations

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), in May 2014 a registered nurse's annual salary was $69,790. LPNs and RNs are a part of a growing industry. The BLS predicted that the employment of nurses would grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022, a rate that is faster than the average of all careers.

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