IV Therapy & Blood Withdrawal

Certification Course

This course will provide participants with training and certification in the techniques required to start an IV infusion as withdrawal of blood for testing. The course provides information on fluid and electrolyte balance, puncture techniques, management and care of the site (both pre and post insertion), anatomy and physiology, and Universal Precautions.


Course participants will attend laboratory practice to perform three (3) successful blood withdrawals and three (3) successful IV starts.

Course Duration: 36 Hours

Lectures will cover, but not be limited to the following: The legal aspects as set forth in California Business and Professions Code Sections 2860.5(b) and (c), the psychological preparation of the patient, universal precautions for infection control, and the indications and clinical implications for intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal. The clinical experience will include the preparation of equipment for intravenous therapy, blood withdrawal, and safety factors including choice of vein, devices, techniques, and skin puncture as well as universal precautions for infection control. One (1) nine (9) hour day of clinical practicum in the clinical skills lab setting in which each student must complete a minimum of three (3) individually supervised successful venipunctures and three (3) individually supervised skin punctures (capillary blood withdrawal) on live human subjects. This course is open to California Licensed Vocational Nurses, graduates of a California BVNPT vocational nursing program, and Registered Nurses for update/remediation only. Only licensed LVNs will qualify for continuing education contact hours. Pre-licensure VN graduates will receive a certificate once licensure is obtained and documented. Class is limited to sixteen (16) participants.

Director of Staff Development Course (DSD)

24 Hour Certification Training

The Director of the Staff Development Program is specifically designed to prepare licensed nurses for duties as the Director of Staff Development in a Skilled Nursing Facility or as an instructor in a precertification program for certified nursing assistants (CNAs).
Students attending the program will receive training in planning, implementing, and evaluating nurse education program. Specifically, students will learn how to develop and maintain training records, draft course outlines and lesson plans, develop long range and short range training plans, and how to conduct training.


With six (6) months of employment and prior to teaching a certification program, DSD candidates must obtain a minimum of 24-hours of continuing education courses in planning, implementing and evaluating Educational Programs.

Course Duration: 24 Hours

Cost: $599 (Includes Materials)

Topics Covered:

Characteristics of the Adult Learner Elements of an Instructional Objective CNA training requirements in Long-term Care Facilities Instructional methods for Preparing and Presenting Lesson Plans Teacher behaviors that affect Student Classroom Interaction


To qualify as a DSD, the candidate must be an RN or LVN and satisfy one of the following:

Option 1:

Have one year experience as a licensed nurse providing direct patient care in a long-term care facility, IN ADDITION to having one year of experience planning, implementing and evaluating education programs in nursing (for a total of two years).

Option 2:

Have two years full time experience as a licensed nurse, at least one which must be in the provision of direct patient care in a nursing facility.
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