Short course Administering Intravenous Injections (IV Cannulation) (SC)

Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Course details

The course is aimed primarily at HCPC registered diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers who are using contrast agents as part of their work in imaging patients. Other staff using contrast agents in their work may also join the course, for example nurses registered with the NMC. Please contact the course leader if you require advice on your suitability for the course:

The course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to effectively undertake intravenous cannulation.

Two days will be spent within the classroom environment at the university with lectures, practical exercises and group activities covering the following subjects:

  • Anatomy of the upper and lower limb
  • Physiology
  • Emergency situations
  • Medico-legal aspects
  • Injection protocols
  • Injection procedures
  • Contrast agents
  • Radio-nuclide imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Other medicines used in clinical practice

The course is approved by the College of Radiographers. Once the taught course is completed, an examination passed and suitable clinical experience gained (you will be allocated a supervisor who will oversee your practical development in your work place), we will apply for a College of Radiographers Certificate of competency in administering intravenous injections on your behalf.

Programme specification (PDF)

See course specific entry requirements listed below.

Selection criteria

Radiographers wishing to learn how to administer intravenous injections.

To enquire about this course please contact:

Carolyn Hodgson, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 01228 888 752

Please note: If you are a qualified clinical member of NHS Staff and are employed within the North West Region and this module is to be funded by your employing Trust, please contact your line manager and CPD lead for advice relating to funding and the funding application process. To apply for NHS funding for this module please follow this link:

This is a long-standing course with a very good record of success for students. The big advantage to students is that this qualification is recognised in the UK and overseas as evidence of passing a course that has a rigorous and assessed academic content. This is combined with supervised and recorded clinical experience.

All students are provided with a College of Radiographers log book of their clinical experience, and will receive a College of Radiographers Certificate of competency in administering intravenous injections on successful completion.

We are amongst the UK's leading health and social care faculties and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students. We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff.

If you join us you will enjoy great facilities and learn alongside caring, committed and experienced professionals. Our employment record is excellent. Recently, our NHS related provision underwent a major review by the Quality Assurance Agency and we achieved the highest possible rating.