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Ohio law stipulates that the curriculum of an intravenous therapy course must be at least 40 hours long, and also include supervised clinical practice. Once a nurse provides documentation of satisfactory completion of a program, the nursing board approves the nurse for IV therapy. The Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Ohio lists five approved programs: four are standalone certifications in IV therapy, and one is included in a full nursing degree program.
ETI Technical College of Niles
Located in the city of Niles, ETI Technical College's program includes topics such as IV solutions, prohibitions on LPNs regarding IV therapy, piggybacking of antibiotics and how to introduce intravenous solutions into existing infusions. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and run either Monday through Friday or on five consecutive Mondays. Registrations must be completed two weeks before the course begins. As of publication, the course costs $550, and includes course material, a certification fee and books.
Fortis College in Ravenna
Fortis College has several locations in Ohio, but only the Ravenna campus has an IV therapy program. It lasts 50 hours and runs for eight weeks. The courses are offered days and evenings, and include lab simulation as well as four hours of clinical experience.
Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion
The IV therapy program at Tri-Rivers Career Center runs for eight consecutive days, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m. The program consists of 60 hours of classes and clinical work. You are required to have 90 percent attendance and score an 80 percent minimum to get certified. As of publication, the program costs $550, and the textbook is $40.08.
Erie, Huron, Ottawa Vocational Education Career Center in Milan
Running on six consecutive Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the IV program at EHOVE runs for 40 hours. After the first week, each class consists of a lecture and a clinical lab, completed onsite. As of publication, the program costs $575, and includes all materials and the certification exam. Lecture topics include correlate fluid and electrolyte imbalance, basic infection control principles, calculating IV flow rates and peripheral IV cannula insertion.