Specialty Program | I.V. Therapy | Selected Topics | Central Venous Access Devices

Photo of a central venous catheter.This course focuses on the introduction to and overview of current standards and guidelines that apply to central venous catheters and port placement. Course activities include workbook, thirteen videos, port access demonstration, post-test and evaluation. You must achieve 80% on the post-test to earn contact hours.

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  • Central venous catheters
  • Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC)
  • Non-tunneled central catheters
  • Tunneled central catheters
  • Subcutaneous venous ports
  • Implanted venous port care 
  • PAS port: A peripherally inserted venous port
  • Blood sampling from central venous catheters
  • Potential complications of central venous catheters
  • Documentation
  • Discontinuation


Completion Requirements

To earn contact hours for this activity:

  • View/listen to the presentation.
  • Study the handouts.
  • Achieve 80% or higher on the exam. You can take the exam as many times as you wish.
  • Complete the evaluation. 

After submitting the evaluation, you can download and print your certificate. A record of contact hours earned will be in your account for six years.   

Additional program information

Planning Committee
Instructor Biography


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be better able to:

  • Differentiate between central I.V. access and peripheral I.V. access.
  • List three indications for a central venous access device.
  • State two proper applications of a peripherally inserted central catheter.
  • Define surgically placed central venous catheter.
  • List five potential complications of central venous catheters.
  • Describe and implement appropriate nursing interventions for proper care and maintenance of central venous access devices.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 6.00 Contact hours

Kay Coulter, RN, CRNI, VA-BC

Executive Director, Infusion Knowledge, Inc., Clearwater, Florida; Contracted Instructor, Continuing Nursing Education Department, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida

Available Credit

  • 6.00 Contact hours


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