With any profession it is important to never stop learning. This holds true for health care providers. For instance, becoming certified in intravenous therapy is a way for health care providers to expertly provide this care for patients. Nurses, phlebotomy technicians, and emergency medical technicians alike benefit from the training they receive through IV certification courses.
Requirements and Prerequisites
Before staring the IV certification course, you must be a licensed health care provider, such as a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, phlebotomy tech or EMT. Some courses may require that you provide proof of immunizations, such as measles, mumps and rubella, hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification, pass a background check and supply negative tuberculosis, or TB, test results.
Courses may vary based state requirements, but curricula is often similar. For instance, an approved curriculum in Florida provided by Avalon Medical Educators consists of 30 hours of training, requires 16 hours in a classroom and 18 hours of home study. Most community colleges and universities with health divisions -- as well as nursing schools -- offer a program. In general, the IV certification course covers topics such as blood transfusion, fluid balance, hyperalimentation, dosage, medication and care of IV lines. After completing the course and passing the exam, you receive a certification that does not require renewal.
Not all states require IV certification for health care workers, so courses may not always be available in your area. Contact your state health board to find accredited courses. In most states, the IV-certification must be approved by the board. The board maintains a list of approved programs. If your state does not offer the course, check with neighboring state board offices.
Certification program offers continuing education hours for LPNs, RNs and EMTs. CE hours are required to keep health care licenses active. If you have been out of practice in the clinical or hospital setting for a while, the program helps bring you up-to-date on IV insertions and care as well.
- Medline Plus: Intravenous
- Rutgers School of Nursing: IV Therapy Certification Course
- Nursing Unlimited: Starting and Maintaining IVs -- Nursing Certification
- Pennsylvania Department of State: State Board of Nursing
- Avalon Medical Educators: I.V. Therapy
- Red Rocks Community College: EMT -- Basic IV Certification
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