Where Can I Earn My IV Certification in Colorado?

Find out which Colorado schools offer IV therapy certification programs. See school information and obtain career and salary information for the region. Schools offering Clinical Laboratory Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Intravenous therapy (IV) involves drawing blood. Professional IV therapy certifications might be earned at 2-year community colleges and technical schools. Topics such as fluid therapy, central line management and IV techniques and procedures are explored. The programs featured below are worth between two and five credits. They are open to LPNs as well as to EMT-Basic professionals and they consist of lectures as well as laboratory and clinical components.


Schools in Colorado with IV Certification Courses for EMTs

Arapahoe Community College

  • Program Name: EMT Intravenous Therapy
  • Program Length: 2 credits
  • Tuition: Colorado residents pay $141 per credit hour, non-residents pay $462 per credit hour (for 2012-2013, includes fees)
  • Admission Requirements: EMT-Basic certification, proof of hepatitis B vaccinations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 11,000 undergraduate students
  • Address: 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80160
  • Phone: 303-797-5621

Arapahoe Community College has campuses in Littleton, Castle Rock and Parker. The EMT IV therapy course for EMTs covers fluid and electrolyte balance, IV techniques, IV procedures and treatment for shock. The school also offers enhanced EMT and paramedic certificate programs, as well as an associate degree program in paramedicine.

Delta-Montrose Technical College

  • Program Name: Intravenous Therapy for the EMT-Basic
  • Program Length: 2 credits
  • Tuition: $84 per credit hour (as of 2011)
  • Admission Requirements: EMT-Basic certification, Health Care Provider CPR card, agency recommendation letter, immunization documentation, medical director letter, Tests of Adult Basic Education score
  • School Type: < 2-year, public; approximately 580 undergraduate students
  • Address: 1765 U.S. Highway 50, Delta, CO 81416
  • Phone: 970-874-7671

Delta Montrose Technical College is located about 250 miles west of Colorado Springs. This course teaches you how to use the medications that Colorado legally allows basic-level EMTs to administer. You'll need to complete 10 live IV starts to pass the course. In addition, the program requires written tests and practical skills tests.

Pueblo Community College

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic IV
  • Program Length: 2 credits
  • Tuition: Colorado residents pay $144 per credit hour, non-residents pay $494 per credit hour (for 2012-2013, includes fees)
  • Admission Requirements: EMT-Basic certification, immunization documentation, background check, drug screen, 17 years old (those under 17 may be admitted under special conditions), proof of U.S. residency if you are a new student over 18 years old applying for a public benefit
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 8,000 undergraduate students
  • Address: 900 W. Orman Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004
  • Phone: 719-549-3102

Pueblo Community College (PCC) is located about 45 miles south of Colorado Springs. The EMT-Basic IV course covers phlebotomy, IV administration and fluid therapy. The school also offers first responder and EMT-Intermediate certificate programs.


Schools in Colorado with IV Certification Courses for LPNs

Colorado Mesa University

  • Program Name: IV Therapy
  • Program Length: 2 credits
  • Tuition: $181 per credit hour (as of Fall 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: LPN certification
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 8,900 undergraduate and 75 graduate students
  • Address: 100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Phone: 970-248-1282

Colorado Mesa University is located about 250 miles west of Denver, near the Utah border. Through the school's extended studies program, you can take a board-approved IV therapy course for LPNs. This course includes instruction on limited central line IV management.

Delta-Montrose Technical College

  • Program Name: IV Therapy for the Practical Nurse
  • Program Length: 2 credits
  • Tuition: Colorado residents pay $105 per credit hour, non-residents pay $210 per credit hour (as of Fall 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: LPN certification, Tests of Adult Basic Education score
  • School Type: < 2-year, public; approximately 580 undergraduate students
  • Address: 1765 U.S. Highway 50, Delta, CO 81416
  • Phone: 970-874-7671

This course teaches LPNs how to administer IV therapy and withdraw blood. You'll participate in lectures, labs and clinical experiences. This course meets Colorado's IV authorization requirements for nurses.

Pueblo Community College

  • Program Name: IV Therapy for LPNs
  • Program Length: 5 credits
  • Tuition: Colorado residents pay $164 per credit hour, non-residents pay $463 per credit hour (for 2012-2013)
  • Admission Requirements: LPN certification, 17 years old (those under 17 may be admitted under special conditions), proof of U.S. residency if you are a new student over 18 years old applying for a public benefit
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 8,000 undergraduate students
  • Address: 900 W. Orman Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004
  • Phone: 719-549-3409

PCC's Health and Public Safety Division offers more than 16 health care and public safety certificate and associate degree programs. In the IV therapy course for LPNs, you'll use state-of-the-art equipment while learning about IV blood withdrawal and IV therapy procedures. You'll learn your skills through lectures, clinical experience and laboratory work. This course meets the IV certification requirements of the Colorado State Board of Nursing.


Career Information for IV Therapy Professionals in Colorado

If you are an emergency medical technician (EMT) or licensed practical nurse (LPN), you can perform intravenous (IV) therapy in Colorado once you've completed an approved training program. EMTs need to pass a course approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and obtain sponsorship from their emergency medical services (EMS) medical director. Nurses must hold current Colorado LPN license and pass a course that's been approved by the Department of Regulatory Agencies Board of Nursing.

Salary Info and Job Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that during the 2010-2020 decade, employment of EMTs nationwide would grow 33%, and employment of LPNs and licensed practical nurses (LVNs) nationwide would increase 22%. As of May 2011, there were 3,120 EMTs and paramedics working in Colorado, and they earned an average annual salary of $41,000. According to the BLS, the nationwide average yearly salary for these professionals at that time was only around $34,000. In May 2011, the BLS also reported there were 6,230 LPNs and LVNs in Colorado earning a mean annual wage of about $44,000. The national average yearly pay for LPNs and LVNs at that time was around $42,000, according to the BLS.

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