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.
  • Two 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 administration.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is targeted primarily towards:

  • Radiographers
  • Radiation therapists

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. 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.

Two days of student attendance at UCD are required.

This short course 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 the development of practical competence in intravenous administration.

Course structure

The course comprises five elements, each of which must be completed in order to be awarded the associated module credits.

  1. Taught lectures
  2. Practical demonstrations on IV arms
  3. Student-led recommendations on amendments to their departmental IV protocol
  4. Submission of record of clinical practice
  5. Submission written piece of coursework

The module has been approved by UCD as Master’s level at 10 ECTS, and this equates to 20 IIRRT (Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy) CPD points.

How/Where Will I Learn?

Module material

The module material is arranged in thirteen sections as follows:

In ClassOnline Learning
Legal issues Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmokinetics
Adverse Incidents MRI Contrast agents
Risk Management and Infection control Radiopharmaceuticals
X-ray/CT Contrast Agents Administration procedures II
MRI Contrast Agents X-ray/CT Contrast Agents
Administration procedures I Administration procedures III
Protocols and Professional Issues  

Useful information

  • All candidates study intravenous agents used for x-ray and CT examinations.
  • Students will then choose to attend a lecture on either RNI / PET or MRI agents.
  • Further aspects of practical administration such as using automatic injectors, dealing with adverse incidents, delegation of prescribing responsibilities, and administration protocols are all included.
  • A practical training session with IV radiographer trainers will take place during the two taught days.

Why is there an assessment?

  • This module carries 10 ECTS at Masters level.
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate they have developed an appropriate knowledge base.
  • Attendance is required for both days of the course.
  • There will also be a formative assessment on the 2nd day of the course which is a written short answer 30 minute exam, and whilst it does not contribute to the final grade it must be successfully completed.

The end of module assessment will be based on the following.

  1. Submission of written course work (60%),
  2. A copy of the departmental IV protocol together with a brief outline (500 words) of proposed changes or amendments (40%),

Note: A completed and signed Record of Clinical Practice, documenting 40 injections under supervision must be submitted.

Am I Eligible For This Course?

Entry criteria

  • The module is open to radiographers and radiation therapists.
  • 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 Blackboard (the UCD online learning hub) regularly.
  • Required attendance will be confirmed in due course.

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

Contact Us

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator


Dr. Michaela Davis
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