Intravenous Administration

Short Course - Certificate of Completion
Intravenous Administration

Gain a certificate of competence in intravenous administration at a pace and time that fits in with your work commitments and home life. Having a recognised qualification in intravenous administration allows you to operate seamlessly in a variety of clinical environments, for example as a radiographer allowing you to administer iodinated contrast and radioisotopes in various imaging modalities

As this certificate is accredited by the College of Radiographers, if you relocate to another clinical site, your certificate will be recognised by your new employer. The course is appropriate for any registered health professional including radiographers, nurses, physiotherapists and clinical scientists.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

September and March

Course Length

3 - 12 months
  • Anatomy of the Upper Limb and Lower Limb: Venous drainage, surface anatomy, injection sites
  • Physiology: Fluid compartments, fluid shifts, homeostasis, blood brain barrier
  • Emergency situations and management of complications: Management of reactions, emergency equipment, recognition of complications, care of IV sites
  • Medico-legal: Written schemes of work, protocols, legal issues and current relevant legislation
  • Infection protocol: Compliance with local requirements, e.g. aseptic non-touch techniques, aseptic techniques, disposal of waste, accidental sharps injury, control of infection
  • Injection procedure: Theory, preparation, cannulation, administration
  • Contrast agents: History and development of ionic and non-ionic contrast media, new developments, comparative advantages and disadvantages, reactions; hyperosmolar, allergic, idiopathic, patient selection and risk groups
  • Radio-nuclide imaging: Radioactive substances, non-radioactive substances
  • Magnetic resonance imaging: Types and composition of all MR contrast agents, other medicines used in clinical practice: drugs used during diagnostic imaging procedures, drugs used in treatment related toxicity in radiotherapy and oncology


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

The theoretical study is fully on line with access to a range of specialist resources which aim to enhance and underpin your experience in the workplace. Additionally, you will be supported in your own workplace allowing you to apply the theory to practice. 

Theoretical learning is delivered using our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. Practical learning is supported by a clinical mentor from within your own workplace.


You will complete a portfolio and a log book to demonstrate your competence.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


You must be a registered health care practitioner. Evidence will be required that your sponsoring department clinically supports you and that the work is supported by departmental work scheme and protocols. This will be evidenced by means of a learning contract. 

Your supervising educator (mentor) supporting your learning in practice must have the following training:

  • Accredited certification of competence for Intravenous cannulation OR
  • Certified in-house training of competence for Intravenous cannulation

In both cases the supervising practice educator must be able to demonstrate compliance with regular auditing of standards of intravenous competence. Commencement on the course is on satisfactory completion of a self-assessment of prior learning and approval of this by the course team. 

If you are undertaking IV cannulation, but are not registered by a professional body i.e. radiographic assistant, please contact us for details on how you can access this course. 


For Academic Session 2021/2022

  • Society of Radiographers members: £260
  • Non SoR members: £270 

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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