Belmont College

Intravenous (IV) Therapy Program

This program is intended to provide the necessary skills to safely perform IV therapy.  Professionals providing IV therapy must continually keep current as IV therapy continues to change.  During this course, students will receive instruction on performing IV therapy with a focus on anatomy and physiology, asepsis, necessary equipment and supplies, review of drug calculations, pharmacology as it relates to IV therapy, and the practice of starting and running an IV.  This course is appropriate for phlebotomists, RNs, LPNs, and other caregivers looking to enhance and or refresh their IV therapy skills.  This program includes both hands-on lecture and classroom labs.

Previous Experience & Educational Requirements

This course is available to RN’s, LPN’s and or other skilled professionals previously trained in IV therapy and/or interested in upgrading or refreshing their intravenous therapy skills.

Class Details:

  • Cost: $1,299 student tuition
  • Class Starts: October 14
  • Class Ends: December 5
  • Class meets 2 days per week: Monday/Wednesday
  • Times: 6:00p.m. – 9:30p.m.: (50 hours)
  • Registration: Call Belmont College, Community Education Department at 740.699.3869.
  • Location: Main Campus

IV Therapy – Detailed Course Information

This 50 hour Intravenous Therapy program includes, but is not limited to, the following major skill areas:

  • Indication and Rationales for IV therapy
  • Cultural beliefs regarding IV therapy
  • Roles and responsibilities in IV therapy administration
  • Risk management and patient care with infusion therapy
  • Patient care related to IV therapy
  • Circulatory and Lymphatic systems and veins used in IV therapy
  • Proximity of nerves to veins for IV Therapy
  • Fluid balances
  • Asepsis, chain of infections, and sterile technique
  • Universal precautions and OSHA
  • Types of IV administration sets, needles, IV solutions, and devices for regulation of IV administration
  • Calculating dosages
  • Methods of administering IV fluids
  • Complications of IV therapy
  • Principles of sate administration of medications
  • Pharmacokinetics related to IV therapy
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Incompatibilities of fluids and medications
  • Safety considerations
  • Orders for IV therapy
  • Assessing the patient
  • Gathering the equipment, preparing the patient, selecting a suitable site, initiation of the IV infusion therapy
  • Care, assessment, maintenance, and discontinuation of IV therapy

Course Description:

Patient safety and comfort are important elements in patient care.  For the medical professional, the level of care provided is only as strong as the level of knowledge.  As IV therapy has become more commonplace in inpatient and ambulatory settings, the need for knowledge has rapidly changed. With the change of equipment and supplies, patients are increasingly receiving IV therapy in more nontraditional settings.

This 50 hour program is intended to provide an update of the necessary skills to safely provide IV therapy.  Professionals providing IV therapy must continually keep current as IV Therapy continues to change.  During this course, students will receive instruction on performing IV therapy with a focus on anatomy and physiology, asepsis, the equipment and supplies necessary, review of drug calculations, pharmacology as it relates to IV therapy, and the practice of starting and running an IV.

IV infusion is skilled work involving the performance of venipunctures, infusion maintenance, and recognizing the complications associated with patients and infusion therapy.  Employees perform venipunctures at the request of a patient's physician on the superficial veins of the hand, wrist, and forearm and start infusion of the initial intravenous solution.

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Workforce Development & Community Education Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
Closed

Contact Information

Workforce Development & Community Education
Belmont College
120 Fox-Shannon Place
St Clairsville, OH 43950

Phone: 740.699.3869
Fax: 740.699.3047