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IV Certification in San Diego, CA with Course and Program Info

Research IV certification programs in the San Diego area, which currently has two schools offering training within 20 miles of the city's center. Read an overview of courses, admission info and program requirements for both institutions to decide which one is right for you.

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San Diego IV Therapy Schools

Intravenous (IV) therapy is used for the delivery of medication and the withdrawal of blood samples. Nurses and other health care professionals are often trained in IV techniques but may require periodic re-certification or refresher courses. Certification options are typically found at non-traditional adult schools, such as the two San Diego area institutions featured here. Find out about their training requirements and then get additional details on the schools through the table of statistics.

  • Grossmont Health Occupations Center, located roughly 18 miles from central San Diego, offers an IV therapy course open to licensed nurses.
  • Situated right in San Diego's downtown area, Sharp Healthcare has a certification course available that is focused on IV therapy and blood withdrawal.

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Comparison of Schools

Compare the profiled schools based on their costs and campus settings by taking a glance at the table below. It may help you decide which one best suits your training needs.

Grossmont Health Occupations Center Sharp Healthcare
School Type Non-for-profit adult school Not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system
Campus Setting Midsized suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2016) $150 per course* $295 per course**

Source: *Grossmont Health Occupations Center, **Sharp Healthcare.

Grossmont Health Occupations Center

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Grossmont Health Occupations Center courses are open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Students pay an individually assessed tuition and supplies fee depending on the course. The Center has a single location in nearby Santee, California.

IV Therapy & Blood Withdrawal Course

Designed for practicing licensed vocational or registered nurses, this course both teaches and enhances venipuncture skills. Approved by the California State Board of Vocational Nursing for Intravenous Therapy certification, this course counts for 30 hours of an LVN's continuing education. RNs receive only four hours of CE credit. Classes typically span four hours and meet weekly, either on Wednesday or Friday.

Sharp Healthcare in San Diego

Since its founding in 1950, Sharp Healthcare was designed to be a not-for-profit institution. The initial $500,000 grant made by Thomas Sharp led to the development of a system which won the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Today, Sharp can be found all over San Diego county, employing over 14,000 people at seven facilities. In addition to providing medical care to the community, the Sharp Healthcare system also offers training in various medical specialties.

IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal Certification Course

Designed for LVNs, this 36-hour course culminates in an official certificate. The certificate is filed with the Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, which also lends its approval to the program. Classes typically run weekdays from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., beginning on Monday and completing the Tuesday of the following week, with a break on Thursday and Friday. By the first day of class, students must have purchased the necessary book, or books, at their own expense.

Other Schools

San Diego is also home to the for-profit California College - San Diego, which offers related programs in healthcare administration and medical specialties. Also in the area, Express Training and the San Marcos Healthcare Learning Center are listed by the California Department of Consumer Affairs as training centers offering approved IV therapy programs.

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