Intravenous Cannulation & Administration

Course Features
-Equips participants with practical ability in intravenous administration.

-Provides theoretical training for radiographers and radiation therapists undertaking intravenous administration in imaging departments.

-One day attendance, supplemented by e-learning.

Course Overview
This module provides an appropriate theoretical background for radiographers and radiation therapists undertaking intravenous administration in an imaging department. In conjunction with a supervised schedule of administered injections, the course facilitates practical ability in intravenous cannulation and the necessary knowledge required to administer contrast agents in the Imaging department. This course provides insight into application of the current European guidelines, ensuring that candidates are experts in this field on completion.

Who Should Take This Course?
This course is targeted primarily towards:
-Radiation therapists

What Will I Learn?
Course description
The UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science is pleased to offer this professional module in IV administration for Radiographers. More than 600 students have now successfully completed this module, and we continue to adapt it to meet the needs of students and the clinical healthcare environment.

One day of student attendance at UCD are required.

This short course provides an appropriate theoretical background for Radiographers, Radiation Therapists and other healthcare professionals undertaking intravenous administration of contrast agents in an imaging department. In conjunction with a supervised schedule of administered injections, the course facilitates the development of practical competence in intravenous cannulation and administration of contrast agents.

Course structure
The course comprises six elements, each of which must be completed in order to be awarded the associated module credits.
1.Online lectures and reading material, with associated compulsory successful completion of online multiple choice questions prior to attendance at UCD
2.Attendance at UCD for taught lectures
3.Attendance at UCD for practical sessions on intravenous training arms
4.Submission of student led recommendations on amendments to their departmental IV protocols.
5.Submission of written piece of course work
6.Submission of online record of clinical practice

The module has been approved by UCD as Master's level at 10 ECTS. 10ECTS equates to 200 hours of formal continuous professional development (CPD) activity, aiding achievement of CORU CPD requirements. This course is proudly accredited by the professional body for radiographers, the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT)

Entry requirements

Am I Eligible For This Course?
Entry criteria:
-The module is open to radiographers and radiation therapists.
-Candidates are required to arrange for a suitably qualified supervisor to oversee their clinical experience [radiologist, physician, IV qualified radiographer, or equivalent].
-All candidates must have access to a broadband internet connection to study and engage with the online material. A dial-up facility will not be sufficient.
-All students must check in on Blackboard (the UCD online learning hub) regularly.
-Availibility to attend UCD for one day. Confirmation of date available on request. Please contact the academic programme director.

International Applicants
International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.

Assessment Info

Assessment Procedure
1.Students are required to complete a 'Must Pass' MCQ examination, worth 20% of module grade, on the morning of attendance in UCD

2.Students will be required to submit a written piece of coursework, worth 40% of the overall module grade

3.Students will be required to provide a copy of their departmental IV protocol, together with a brief critical evaluation (1000 words) ot it. This is worth 40% of the overall module.

4.Students are required to engage with online completion of UCD's Record of Clinical Practice through MyProgress, documenting 40 injections under supervision of named clinical supervisor.

Subjects taught

How/Where Will I Learn?
Online lectures will comprise of the following and will be released progressively prior to attendance in UCD. The online topics will cover the following topics:
-Anatomy and physiology of the veins and arteries of the upper limb
-Theoretical and clinical applications of cannulation procedures
-Iodinated Contrast Media
-Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents
-Renal and Non Renal Adverse Effects of Iodinated Contrast Media
-Pharmacological Agents Associated with Contrast Media

Taught Lectures will comprise of the following topics
-Legal Issues
-Risk Management and Infection Control
-Administration Procedures
-Contrast media used in Ultrasound
-Use of automatic injectors
-Overview of administration protocols


6 - 12 Months Part-Time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: April (X573) and September (X572) annually

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    Prof Cert

  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

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