IV Therapy Training Program Information

IV therapists use venipuncture techniques to establish catheter lines for IV therapies, including hydration, drug administration and blood transfusions. Formal IV therapy education is offered through colleges in the form of certificate programs that include both traditional coursework and supervised hands-on training in a clinical setting.

Essential Information

Intravenous (IV) therapists are specially trained licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or registered nurses (RNs) who work in hospitals, clinics and home health care settings. IV Therapy program helps specialists keep up to date and has its main focus in such areas as anatomy and physiology, infection prevention, the equipment and supplies necessary, drug interaction, pharmacology, and the practice of administering and running an IV.

  • Prerequisites: must be a LPN or RN; experience as RN or LPN
  • Program Specializations: IV therapy administration, infection prevention and complications, anatomy and physiology

Certificate in IV Therapy

Individuals must be a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse with a current state nursing license or temporary permit before enrolling in an IV therapy certificate program. Experience working as an RN or LPN is often required for enrollment. A criminal background check and proof of a negative tuberculosis test may also be required.

IV therapy certificate programs focus on current IV administration techniques, as well as fluid balance, medications, complications and effects of IV therapy.

Courses include topics in:

  • IV therapy administration
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Infection prevention and complications
  • Discontinuation of IVs
  • Drug interactions

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Employment outlook data specifically related to IV therapy is not available, but information for the related careers of RNs and LPNs is available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has predicted that employment for LPNs will increase by 25% between 2012 and 2022, while employment opportunities for RNs are predicted to increase 19% during that same time (www.bls.gov). According to data found on Salary.com in May 2015, the median salary for RNs specializing in IV therapy was $79,041.

Certification and Licensure Information

After completing an IV therapy certificate program, students must receive a passing grade on a written final exam and demonstrate their abilities in a clinical setting to receive certification. Upon successful completion of the program, the student's nursing license is updated to reflect certification in the field.

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