IV therapy programs

IV Therapy

Colton 36 Hours Weekends
36 Hours

Benefits | Career Outlook | Curriculum


Summit College’s IV Therapy program is specifically tailored as a continuing education course to provide further training for licensed vocational nurses. This program equips students with a detailed training in intravenous (IV) therapy and blood withdrawal that will help them provide distinguished patient care.

IV therapy training and certification will give licensed vocational nurses an upper hand in the healthcare field, and the Summit College program provides quality education and hands-on training in the short period of two weekends. During this time, our highly trained faculty will help you master IV fluid administration and blood withdrawals. The staff at Summit believes in helping all students in achieving their full potential and their career goals.

At the end of the IV Therapy program you will be prepared to gracefully perform venipuncture for both IV fluid administration and blood withdrawal.

Benefits of Summit College

Summit College believes in offering students individual attention to provide them with all the knowledge the faculty can impart. The IV Therapy program will help you succeed and perfect your nursing skills.

At Summit College you will be given the right learning tools to improve and refine your abilities in performing venipuncture, and to provide patients with the care and dedication they deserve. Your ability to perform these difficult tasks with accuracy and care will help ease patients in delicate and tense situations.

This well-rounded program comprises an abundance of theoretical and practical learning, with lectures, audiovisual classes, lab hours and clinical practice. You will train on live subjects, under individual supervision by keen instructors who are always eager to help.

In Summit College’s IV Therapy program, you will learn the following:

  • Order of draw
  • Site selection and preparation
  • Puncture techniques
  • Management and care of site, pre- and post-insertion
  • Universal precautions
  • Aftercare

Summit College can provide you with the knowledge necessary to expand your skills. We offer small class sizes to foster a more personal connection among instructors and peers, creating a space of support and guidance that will assist students in realizing their personal, educational and career dreams.

Summit College offers personal attention to students, providing them with academic support, free tutoring services and modern laboratories and clinics. Our Career Services staff help students with resumes, mock interviews and more. Summit College offers flexible scheduling options, with day, night and weekend classes, making our IV Therapy program courses accessible for everyone.

Continuing Education courses are offered throughout the year. Please check with the Admissions department for the next start date.

Career Outlook

At Summit College we are ready to prepare students for successful careers. This is the primary reason for our faculty to be deeply invested in students, making sure they will achieve their educational and career goals.

Our Continuing Education classes are a great way to equip students with the broad knowledge that is necessary to succeed in the healthcare field.

Employment of licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.* This exceeds the overall projected employment growth rate of 7 percent. The more knowledge and specialties you have, the better your chances of getting a job. An IV therapy certification can give you a strong upper hand for a career in patient care.

You will be trained to work in the following facilities:

  • State hospitals
  • Local hospitals
  • Private hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Home healthcare services

You will have a large and important role in patient care, so it’s essential to learn and perfect the right skills to perform an excellent job. Things you may be able to do as a result of your new certification include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of fluid volume excess or fluid volume deficiency
  • Troubleshoot intravenous infusions
  • Identify proper tubing for use
  • Discuss unexpected outcomes related to a peripheral intravenous infusion and other related interventions
  • Describe steps for insertion of a peripheral IV device
  • Identify types of prepared IV solutions
  • Determine the best tourniquets to use
  • Blood withdrawals



Our well-rounded IV Therapy program provides students with a compact but important set of classes divided into lectures, audiovisual classes, and lab and clinical hours that will equip them with a set of skills necessary to thrive in a healthcare career. Students will also learn to use critical thinking skills required in a variety of difficult venipuncture settings.

Our curriculum includes:

  • Principles of IV Therapy
  • Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
  • Puncture Techniques
  • Anatomy and Physiology

The goal of the IV Therapy program is to equip licensed vocational nurses with an expertise that will help them provide safe and effective care of patients.

For completion of the program, students must attend instructional lectures, pass the written examination and perform at least three supervised venipunctures and three supervised skin punctures on live subjects. To qualify for the program, students must submit required documentation to the IV Therapy instructor, including a Licensed Vocational Nurse license.