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Registered nurses, vocational and practical nurses as well as allied health professionals can attain licensed intravenous, or IV, certification in a variety of ways, including traditional classrooms or training sessions, a hybrid of traditional classroom and online classes and fully online. However, several types of IV training exist, and not all can be certified online. The price varies by organization offering the certification.
Individuals interested in becoming phlebotomists can find fully online phlebotomy training as well as certification. Before committing to any program, however, verify that the program is accredited. In addition, certification requirements differ by state, so you may be required to complete a set number of clinical hours before receiving your online certification. For example, to become a certified phlebotomy technician in California, you must take 80 hours of classes and complete 50 successful simulated venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures on actual patients. In contrast, Arizona has no certification requirements to become a phlebotomist.
To become an IV therapist, you must be a registered nurse or licensed nurse practitioner. Practitioners use IV therapy to deliver sedatives and medication directly to patients through their veins. You can attain IV therapist certification through hybrid programs of face-to-face and online work or strictly online. For example, the National Healthcare Institute offers online courses, but participants must complete a 4-hour face-to-face skills validation session. The National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, on the other hand, offers an online certification test that you may take using any computer with an Internet connection. Requirements for certification vary by state.
Only registered nurses can perform infusion. In addition, RNs must be certified in IV therapy and have 1600 hours of IV therapy experience within the last two years. Intravenous infusion entails administering solutions into the vein using plastic bags or glass bottles. While nurses can take coursework online to prepare, the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation offers this certification exam only in person at various test sites nationwide. The exam covers such topics as technology and clinical applications, fluid and electrolyte balance, transfusion therapy and parenteral nutrition.
Some states require pharmacists to have IV certification. Pharmacy technicians may also want certification. This involves coursework focusing on mathematical pharmaceutical calculations, cleaning techniques, handling of chemotherapeutic agents, handling of biohazard materials and various IV drug delivery systems. Coursework is available online; however, face-to-face sessions are required. Courses accredited with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education are most respected since that organization sets pharmaceutical education standards.
- Phlebotomy Certification Courses: Phlebotomy Training and Certification Guide
- California Department of Public Health: How to Obtain a “Certified Phlebotomy Technician" Certificate Guide
- National Healthcare Institute: Intravenous Therapy Certification
- National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service: IV Therapy Certification
- IV Therapy Center: IV Treatments
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education: ACPE
- Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation: CRNI Study Information
- The Free Dictionary: Intravenous Infusion
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