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Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT) certification course

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Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT) certification course

September 21, 2019 to October 6, 2019

Sept. 21: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sept. 22: 9 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.; Oct. 5: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Oct. 6: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Open to: 
ND/health-care practitioner: 
Early bird price: 
Early bird deadline: 
September 16, 2019
Format: This course will include lectures, demonstrations and practicum. Attendance is mandatory.
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Course description

The IVIT Certification Course is a classroom and practical course designed to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) have the competency to both safely and effectively administer a substance from Table 2 of the Naturopathy Act Ontario Regulation (168/15) by injection.

This IVIT certification course is specifically designed for NDs and new graduates to receive the training to create unique solutions for injection, and prepare such products which require sterile compounding with the knowledge, skill and judgment and facilities necessary to ensure that the products are prepared in a non-contaminated environment, free of particulate matter.

The course includes classroom lectures in IV techniques, anatomy, venipuncture, IV equipment, IV substances, documentation, patient education, emergency procedures and legal aspects of IV administration. Practical rotations, which give NDs practical applications using catheters, butterflies, IV lines and bags and a laminar airflow hood, are also part of the program. Students both observe others and perform IV insertions themselves. Graduates will be able to identify specific applications for IV therapy, and most importantly, to assess if a patient is suitable for IV therapy or it is contraindicated.

Since the improper compounding of sterile products can lead to serious consequences, in the interest of protecting the public, NDs will be made aware of the importance of sterile technique, thorough patient screening, staff education, appropriate facilities, and proper monitoring to maintain the safety of products for patient care. In order to promote inter-professional collaboration between the Colleges of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), this is the first course in Ontario that trains NDs to practice IVIT under the instruction and tutelage of a nurse, pharmacist and NDs.

Course schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2019 (Day 1)
Introduction: 9:00 – 9:30
Overview of intravenous infusion therapy: 9:30 – 10:15
IV equipment: 10:15 - 11:15
Break: 11:15 – 11:30
Peripheral IV insertion: 11:30 – 13:00
Lunch: 13:00 – 14:00
IVIT insertion practicum: 14:00 – 17:00
IV bag preparation practicum: 17:00 – 19:00

Sunday, September 22, 2019 (Day 2)
Osmolarity: 9:00 – 10:30
Break: 10:30 – 10:45
Osmolarity take-home assignment: 10:45 – 11:00
Emergency Procedures I: 11:00 – 13:00
Lunch: 13:00 – 14:00
Prescribed substances by injection: 14:00 – 16:00
Break: 16:00-16:15
IV bag preparation practicum: 16:15 – 17:15
IM, ID, SC and Z-track practicum: 17:15 – 18:15

Saturday, October 5, 2019 (Day 3)
Osmolarity assignment feedback/assignment return: 8:30 – 9:00
IV protocols: 09:00 – 10:30
Break: 10:30 – 10:45
Documentation: 10:45 – 12:00
Emergency procedures II: 12:00 – 13:15
Lunch: 13:15 – 14:15
Sterile Compounding: 14:15 – 15:15
Break: 15:15 – 15:30
Sterile Compounding demonstration: 15:30 – 16:30
Sterile technique practicum: 16:30 – 19:00

Sunday, October 6, 2019 (Day 4)
Emergency Procedures III: 9:00 – 11:30
Break: 11:30 – 11:45
Emergency Procedures III (cont.): 11:45 – 13:15
Lunch: 13:15 – 14:15
CONO policy and procedures overview: 14:15 – 14:45
Infection Control: 14:45 – 15:15
Break: 15:15 – 15:30
Practical examination: 15:30 – 18:30


Course attendance is mandatory for all 4 days. Course examination and assignment are mandatory.  If a ND has missed any of the course days or the examination, he/she will not graduate.

CONO IVIT Examination Schedule

Please note that you must register and pay separately for the IVIT exam with CONO. For all IVIT exam inquiries please contact  CONO (; 416-583-6010) or consult CONO's website.

The following is the Ontario Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT) Examination schedule for members of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) seeking to meet the Standard of Practice for IVIT.  CONO’s IVIT Examination: Dec 1, 2019 (registration opens October 21, 2019). For all IVIT exam inquiries please contact CONO at or 416-583-6010.


Course materials: attendees will receive electronic access to all the courseware through Moodle, CCNM's content management system, on the first day of class.


Please make arrangements to bring lunch or visit one of the many options in the area.


This course is open to naturopathic doctors and recent graduates. Please note that an individual has to be a registered ND (in the General class) to sit the CONO examination and must complete the exam within 2 years of course completion or will need to retake the course.


Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, HBSc., ND, PhD - Instructor

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, or Dr. JJ as he is affectionately known, is a naturopathic doctor, clinical pharmacologist and researcher. He is the chief medical officer of the Liberty Clinic in downtown Toronto and the first ND to practice at the Toronto Western Hospital in the Artist Health Center, one of the few NDs practicing in a hospital in Canada. He has done research with the Motherisk Program at Sick Kids Hospital and was an associate professor at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

Dr. Meera Dossa, B.Sc., ND - Instructor

With a major in Nutritional Science from the University of British Columbia, Meera Dossa, ND completed her studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is certified and licensed to perform parenteral therapy in the province of Ontario by having successfully met the requirements of the Standard of Practice in Therapeutic Prescribing.

Jared Garshowitz, RPh., BSc.Phm. - Instructor

Jared Garshowitz graduated from the University of Toronto pharmacy program in 2012. He is the compounding supervisor at York Downs Chemists - overseeing hazardous and non-hazardous sterile and non-sterile compounding divisions. He has trained extensively in low, medium, and high-risk compounding techniques and progressed under the tutelage of mentor, Boyana Djokic, pharmacist manager at York Downs Chemists. He is the third generation to be in his family's business of York Downs Chemists and York Downs Pharmacy.

Leanne Malcom, RN - Instructor

Leanne Malcolm is a registered nurse (RN) currently working in the operating room (OR) at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She received her nursing diploma at Humber College. After graduating, Leanne began working on the cardiac floor of Sick Kid’s Hospital, Toronto, before working in a private clinic administering IPL and laser therapy treatments. Leanne later worked at London Health Sciences while studying for her operating room (OR) certification at Fanshawe College. She worked at London’s Victoria Hospital, a high acuity hospital and the main trauma center for the most of south-western Ontario. Leanne has worked in the OR at St. Michael’s and Sunnybrook hospitals, which are both major trauma centers in the Greater Toronto Area.


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