Professional Certificate IV Cannulation and 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:

  • Radiographers
  • Radiation therapists

Applicants in other healthcare professions will be considered on a case by case basis.

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 and other healthcare professionals. 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. Must pass examination of multiple choice questions on the morning of their one day 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)

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
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • 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

Assessment Procedure

There are four aspects of assessment 

  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.


Am I Eligible For This Course?

Entry criteria

  • The module is open to radiographers and radiation therapists. Other healthcare professionals will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • 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 sufficent.
  • All students must check in on Brightspace (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.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.
  • Information on studying at UCD as international students is available here

Application Details

How to apply - getting started

  • Go to Please read instructions.
  • Click on “Apply to UCD” icon 
  • Create your UCD account
  • Choose either X572 (September intake) or X573 (April intake)


  • On acceptance students that have not paid on-line, will be sent out a Bank Giro which they must fill in to pay for the course.
  • Please note students may also pay online using the SIS Student Web. If you have any difficulty accessing the SIS Student Web, please e-mail and include your name and student number with your message
  • Students can enroll for the course on-line at

To access the SIS web you will need:

  1. A PC with web access to the web;Your student number (this will be printed on the top right of your Bank Giro);
  2. Your PIN – your initial PIN is set to your date of birth in the format ddmmyy (6 digit) unless previously changed.


  • Log onto SIS Student Web via UCD Connect (on site)
  • Click onto “My Records” tab. Click on “Login to Secure area”. If you have problems or questions concerning UCD Connect, please contact IT Services on 01 716 2700 or at
  • Continue through the enrolment process, your course is called Competence in Intravenous Administration (RDGY40890).
  • Please check your home and term address and other personal information by selecting the appropriate links on the personal menu page within SIS web.
  • Please note students may also pay online using the SIS Student Web.

Course Fees

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Contact Us

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator


Andrea Cradock
Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging 
UCD School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4


Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6545
F:  + 353 1 716 6547