Have you heard about the beneficial effects of IV therapy and wondered how you could start a career in this growing field?
If you’ve ever considered becoming an IV therapist, scroll down below to read more about what the job entails, what qualifications you need, the average salary you can expect, and how Reset’s IV therapists are a class apart from the rest.
What is IV therapy?
IV therapy is a fast and effective way to deliver hydration and nutrients directly into the body’s bloodstream so you can feel your best. It’s a common, low-risk procedure that allows you to get what you need fast by completely bypassing the gastrointestinal tract.
Using a small catheter and tubing, a trained medical professional administers an intravenous fluid drip directly into the vein to help treat conditions like dehydration, hangover, nausea, and headache as well as deliver nutrients for wellness, beauty, and other health support.
What is an IV therapist?
An IV therapist is responsible for monitoring the IV process, ensuring the client’s IV stays in place, and making sure clients are comfortable and do not experience any discomfort or adverse reactions.
IV therapists are most commonly trained as professional nurses. They are always experienced medical professionals who are required to be licensed and certified. Their certification is determined by the relevant certifying board in the state where they practice.
How does one become an IV therapist?
Becoming an IV therapist usually requires earning at least a two-year nursing degree from an accredited college or university. The educational institution you attend should grant an RN degree or LPN certification.
After their preliminary education, IV therapists may also complete specialized IV education training, depending on the state in which they practice.
IV therapy certification
To obtain a certification in IV therapy, you may have to complete an IV Education Therapy Program and sit for a state exam. However, depending on your state, not all IV therapists require a formal certification process.
For example, California, Nevada, and Florida all require hands-on training, but only California and Nevada require that the State Board of Nursing must approve the certification course.
If your state does not have requirements mandated by the State Board of Nursing, you can find continuing education courses or even 30-hour online IV education courses to meet the recommendations of your employer. Not all states require IV training to be “hands-on.”
How much do IV therapists make?
On average, IV therapists make about $53,000 a year in the U.S. As with any job, however, your salary and benefits will depend on your experience, the facility you work for, as well as your state and specific location.
If you are located in a city where your services are in demand, salaries can average closer to $92,000. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, IV therapy has a projected growth of 25% for LPNs and 19% for RNs through 2022, so this is a growing field.
Can a phlebotomist do IV therapy?
Certified phlebotomists will need extra training if they want to become IV therapists, but in doing so they may be able to double their pay.
IV certification courses for allied health professionals (which can also include EMTs) typically consist of hands-on training in insertion procedure at the very minimum. In some states, IV certification requires 33 credits and 100 hours of clinical work.
Reset IV's IV therapists
Reset IV contracts with the best medical professionals in the area. Our team is made up of licensed and insured IV therapists who meet the strictest standards in the states in which we operate.
We pride ourselves on customer care and delivering the same level of professionalism and safety standards you would receive in a hospital, but from the comfort of your own home or hotel.