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IV Certification and Certificate Programs

Practicing nurses looking to gain knowledge or expand their skill set in intravenous (IV) therapy can enroll in IV therapy certificate programs. Additionally, qualified applicants can obtain IV therapy certifications through professional nursing organizations.

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IV Certificate Program

IV therapy certificate program topics of study include refresher courses in anatomy, physiology and health care laws. Students also learn practical approaches to IV therapy preparation and administration. Individuals interested in enrolling in an IV therapy certificate program often must be registered nurses or have licensed practical nurse status. IV therapy certificate programs can typically qualify as continuing education for licensure purposes.

Course Topics

Certificate students learn IV techniques through demonstrations, hands-on lab work and supervised clinical work experience. Class topics include:

  • Human body structure and functions
  • Importance of electrolytes and fluids
  • IV solution concentrations
  • IV preparation and vein selection
  • Venipuncture techniques
  • Patient complications from IV therapy
  • Peripheral access techniques in 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 2010 a nurse's annual salary averaged $41,360 for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and $67,720 for a registered nurse (RN). LPNs and RNs are a part of a growing industry. The BLS predicted that the employment of nurses would grow by 22% between 2008 and 2018, a rate that is much faster than the average of all careers.

Professional Certification and Continuing Education Information

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.

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