Intravenous (IV) certification classes are available for registered nurses and licensed vocational/practical nurses. Allied health professions, such as EMTs (emergency medical technicians), may take IV certification classes to learn new skills or as a refresher. Courses can range from a few hours to a full day of training.
Common course topics include:
- Inserting IVs into patients
- New techniques in IV therapy
- Alternatives to IVs
- Certification and recertification requirements
- Legal aspects of IV therapy
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List of Courses
Basic IV Certification
Intravenous (IV) therapy is the process of putting fluids or medications into patients through a vein. Instructors demonstrate how to insert IVs into patients' arms, how to connect IVs to machines such as volumetric pumps and analgesia devices controlled by the patient, and how to monitor peripheral and central lines. Students gain practical experience inserting IVs into manikins and study additional related topics, including the human circulatory system, effects of medications and blood administration.
Nurse IV Certification
This IV certification course is specifically designed for RNs and LPNs (licensed practical nurses) and covers techniques and procedures used on a regular basis. The course includes classroom lectures in IV techniques, IV therapy and legal aspects of IV administration. Clinical rotations, which give students practical applications using catheters, IVs, blood tubes and pumps, are also part of the program. Students both observe others and perform IV insertions themselves. Graduates are able to identify specific applications for IV therapy. Although nurses are already licensed to use IVs, this course often serves as a refresher for licensed nurses. It may help an RN qualify for Infusion Nurses Corporation's certification exam for the Certified Registered Nurse Infusion credential.
Updates in IV Therapy
Nurses and other healthcare providers may take this course as a refresher, as well as to learn about new techniques and devices used in IV therapy. In addition, students may examine alternatives to using IVs and the practical applications of these alternatives, including possible complications and legal consequences. Typically, this course is offered as a short, one-time class that meets for only a few hours.