IV Certification and Certificate Programs

Nurses who wish to learn how to set up intravenous (IV) therapy can enroll in IV therapy certificate programs. Through demonstrations and supervised clinical work, students learn practical approaches to IV therapy preparation and administration.

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 registered or practical nurses, have completed a minimum number of working hours in IV therapy and pass an exam.

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 2015 the median annual salary for registered nurses was $67,490, and the median annual salary for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $43,170. LPNs and RNs are a part of a growing industry. The BLS predicted that the employment of registered nurses, as well as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, would grow by 16% between 2014 and 2024, a rate that is much faster than the average of all careers.

RNs and LPNs who either want, or need to learn how to set up IV therapy need to go through an IV therapy certificate program or earn a voluntary industry certification from one of the many nursing organizations. These programs help nurses learn about and improve their skills preparing and administering IV therapy.

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