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IV Therapy Certification and Diploma Program Overviews

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IV Therapy Certification and Certificate Programs

Nursing professionals use IV therapy to administer liquid substances, usually medication or food, directly into a patient's vein. Although training in IV therapy in not typically offered through diploma programs, eligible candidates can take certificate programs that lead to certification. Students enrolled in these programs learn to correctly administer fluids, nutrients, blood and electrolytes to patients. In addition to learning to safely collect, handle and transport blood and blood products, candidates learn the legal and ethical aspects involved in IV therapy.

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 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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