Certified I.V. Technician $300

Certified I.V. Technician

IV Technician for current students of Cardio-Phlebotomy or Phlebotomy at Phlebotomy Career Training

Offered at Garden City

Meeting times:Open to all Cardiophlebotomy techniciansPlease call 313-826-2381 or 734-762-3220 to reserve your space. Seating Capacity is Limited
Course Fee: $300 non students will pay $300 currently enrolled phlebotomy students.  Classes are taught by our Registered Nurses whom have extensive experience in the field. The National IV Association Exam is included in this course complimentary.

Course Description


This is a 40 hour course designed to help the medical healthcare provider/student refresh their knowledge of IV insertion and help strengthen their techniques of intravenous insertion.


Prerequisites for this course are as follows: Students should be currently enrolled in the phlebotomy class or cardio phlebotomy class at Phlebotomy Career Training or if attending from outside of the school, students should be in the medical field with prior IV insertion knowledge, such as but not limited to the following professions; EMT, Para medic, RN, MD, Intern, Medical Assistant, Dentist or Pharmacist.

Supplies: all supplies are included in this course.  The student is only required to bring a notebook and pen or pencil for notes.

Course Goals

At the completion of this course the student will be able to describe and discuss:

  1. Legal aspects of intravenous insertion and flushing
    Basic fluid and electrolyte balance and therapy including types of intravenous fluids
    Indications (reasons) for intravenous fluids
    Basic indications and methods of infusion of blood and blood products
    Anatomy and physiology related to venipuncture sites
    Patient care (including psychological preparation) before, during, and after venous therapy
  2. At the completion of the course the student will be able to identify:
    Procedure for administration of correct intravenous therapy according to the “Five Rights”
    Equipment for initiation and maintenance of peripheral intravenous fluid therapy
    Equipment for adding intravenous fluids to an existing intravenous access devices
    Equipment for regulating the flow of intravenous fluids
  3. At the completion of the course the student will be able to demonstrate competency in:
    Preparing and giving intravenous fluids according to the “Five Rights”
    Inserting a peripheral venous access device
    Adding intravenous fluids to an existing saline-lock venous access
    Regulating the flow of intravenous fluids


I. Instruction (6 hours)
A. Legal aspects related to intravenous insertion and flushing
B. Basic principles of intravenous insertion and flushing
C. Various types of intravenous solutions
D. Indications for use of intravenous fluid therapy
E. Safety, hazards and complications related to venipuncture
F. Safety, hazards and complications related to intravenous fluid therapy, including local and systemic reactions
G. Standard treatment of local and systemic reactions, including extravasation of I.V. fluids
H. Standards of care for observation and assessment of patients before, during and after venipuncture and flushing
I. Psychological aspects of intravenous insertions, including preparation of the patient for procedures

II. Laboratory Theory Instruction (3 hours)
A. Review of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), safety, and infection control principles and practices
B. Types of access instruments for peripheral venipuncture
C. Types of delivery systems and related equipment for intravenous therapy
D. Anatomy and physiology of venipuncture sites
E. Selection of appropriate venipuncture sites for intravenous therapy
F. Preparation of equipment for intravenous therapy
G. Techniques for venipuncture for insertion of a venous access device; includes

i. Preparation and immobilization of site

ii. Insertion of appropriate device using both direct and indirect techniques
H. Techniques of intravenous line establishment, including on-going fluids and saline lock devices

III. Practice Sessions: Required Skills
A. Practice on intravenous mannequin arms
i. Selection and preparation of equipment for venipuncture

ii. Establishment of intravenous line
iii. Venipuncture and establishment of a saline lock; of continuing fluid therapy

B. Demonstration of competency on a mannequin of the above practiced skills
C. Demonstration of clinical competency in the performance of 3 successful venipunctures

i. Selection and preparation of equipment for venipuncture

ii. Establishment of an intravenous therapy line
Iii. Venipuncture and establishment of a saline lock

D. Practice independently, or with requested teacher supervision, in preparation for testing of IV skills

NOTICE: Laboratory tests will be conducted after the practice sessions. Intravenous therapy skills will be tested in a return demonstration format. The student will be expected to perform the skill with 100% accuracy.


(Saline Lock) PART E

Prepare syringe and needleless spike.

Carry out routine medication procedure to ensure “Five rights”.

Assess saline lock site for tenderness, redness, and swelling.

Prepare the injection port.

Flush lock with 1.5 cc of normal saline without introducing contaminant. Palpate for distention/distortion of vein.

Document flush on medication record:

Flush saline lock with 1-2 ml saline q shift

I.V. Practice Calculations and Review

  1. What are some reasons that people need an I.V. access
  2. How many mL are needed to flush a port?
  3. Describe how you would go about flushing a triple port line to draw blood?
  4. What are the needle gauges used for I.V.s
  5. What is the gauge of needle used to give blood?
  6. What is the drip rate for a K.O. I.V. (keep open)
  7. You are required to hang a bag of 0.9 NS.   The order reads that you are to run the bag over 8 hours.  What is the Drip rate?
  8. Explain the difference between Isotonic/hypotonic and hypertonic solutions
  9. Within the scope of your practice what is the only IV solution that you could possibly hang?

10.  Explain why you need to check on an IV site every 15 to 30 minutes.