CHSC IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal Certification Course Curriculum for LVNs

In alignment with the mission of the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT), California Healthcare Skills Center (CHSC) is designed to protect the public through licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions.

This course includes the theory and practice of the administration of intravenous fluids with emphasis on fluid and electrolyte balance, indications for the use of intravenous therapy, use of equipment, blood withdrawal and venipuncture. This 36 hour course in intravenous and blood withdrawal is designed for:

  • RNs/LVNs who would like to update IV Therapy and blood withdrawal skills
  • LVNs seeking experience and certification for IV Therapy and blood withdrawal
  • RNs and LVNs who have been away from bedside practicing over a long period and are preparing to restart practicing
  • RN and LVN graduates from outside the U.S in preparation for employment in the U.S
  • Refresher course for RNs/LVNs who practice IV Therapy/Blood Withdrawal

Pre-requisites: RN or LVN license from California Board of Registered or Vocational Nursing. Graduates of CA BVNPT and RNs for remediation only

LVNs who qualify for continuing education contact hours

  • Pre-licensure VN graduates will receive a certificate when licensure is obtained and documented
  • Class is limited to 15 participants only. Completion of 36 hours is required by California Code of Regulations, Section 2854, 2860.5 and 2544.3 to receive the certificate. Psychiatric Technicians will only receive 6 contact hours for the blood withdrawal portion only. No partial credit will be given.
  • Price: $300 including materials and certification. Ask about our group discount.
  • The course is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) and is suitable for continuing education hours for LVN’s only.

Course goals and objectives

  • Identify the importance of infection control and its impacts on patient care
  • Identify location of veins and arteries in the patient’s arm or hand
  • Identify the necessary equipment to perform venipuncture
  • Discuss the technique necessary to perform a successful venipuncture
  • Discuss and identify the equipment needed to obtain a lab specimen
  • Discuss and identify the common complications of venipuncture and the associated symptoms
  • Perform 3 successful venipuncture on a live human subject
  • Identify the common parental solutions used in the clinical setting
  • Discuss the indications for intravenous therapy
  • Identify the equipment necessary to initiate IV therapy
  • Demonstrate and differentiate the primary and secondary lines