IV Therapy Certification and Diploma Program Overviews

Research IV therapy certificate and certification programs. Get information on educational prerequisites, courses, career options and certification possibilities to make an informed decision on your education.

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Essential Information

Although training in IV therapy in not typically offered through diploma programs, eligible candidates can take certificate programs that lead to certification. Applicants must be currently licensed nurses, among other admission requirements. Some schools allow students to take IV certificate courses during the day, evening, or weekend. Once students complete the program and pass a written examination, they can obtained state certification, and IV therapy certification is added to their nursing license.

Educational Prerequisites

Applicants must be licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or registered nurses (RNs) and must be CPR-certified at the Health Care Provider level prior to the start of their clinical education. Proof of current immunizations, negative TB test and personal liability insurance are also requirements for admission. Students must also submit to criminal background checks.

Course Topics

The curriculum for this program includes coursework, lab studies, and clinical education at a medical setting. Students enrolled in these programs learn to correctly administer and collect fluids to and from patients, as well as the legal and ethical aspects involved in IV therapy. Students study the following topics:

  • Intravenous therapy maintenance
  • Intravenous catheters
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Pharmacology
  • Infection control
  • Legal documentation
  • Fluid balance
  • Safe fluid administration
  • Allergic responses

Popular Career Options

Upon completion of this program, students are qualified to work as medical professionals in various healthcare settings. Examples may include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Long-term care facilities

Continuing Education and Certification Information

Although state certification can be obtained through completion of a training program, candidates can also become nationally certified. The Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC) offers national certification for registered nurses who pass the Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI) examination. Although the INCC certification is typically for registered nurses, applicants can also be LPNs if they're currently enrolled in an LP to RN program.

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