Fundamentals of Central Venous Access Course Details

Designed and led by highly experienced Cleveland Clinic clinicians, the Fundamentals of Central Venous Access course provides the core skills necessary to perform ultrasound-guided placement of central venous catheters in adult patients. This program will prepare the novice proceduralist to safely obtain proctored experiences in the clinical setting. The primary audience includes physician trainees, advanced practice providers (APRNs and PAs), and students pursuing those roles. This course is also appropriate for practicing clinicians who are incorporating ultrasound-guided central venous access as a new skill to their practice.

Upcoming 2020 Dates

8 am – 12 pm AM Block

March 24
June 23
July 28
August 11
September 22

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm PM Block

January 21
February 25
April 21
May 5
June 2
June 30
July 21
August 4
September 29
October 6
October 20
October 27
November 17
November 24
December 1
December 8
December 15
Course Format:
Designed for busy clinicians and trainees, the Fundamentals of Central Venous Access course combines self-paced online learning with a half-day onsite session. Once registered, participants are given access to web-based modules via the MyLearning system approximately 1 month prior to the onsite session. The hands-on component features a very low instructor to learner ratio of 1:4 to maximize opportunities for demonstration and feedback.

Online Components
  • Baseline knowledge assessment
  • Introduction to ultrasound techniques for vascular access
  • Review of central venous line placement including indications, risks, complications
  • Overview of sterile technique and kit components
  • Focus on safety and incorporating procedural checklists
  • Review of imaging studies pertaining to central venous line placement
  • Management of complications
Onsite Components
  • Review of techniques to optimize ultrasound image quality
  • Anatomic vascular assessment on live models (as available)
  • Repetitive practice of vascular access techniques using task trainers
  • Practice following sterile technique as related to central venous access placement
  • Review of applicable imaging studies
  • Discussion of complication recognition and management
  • Formative assessment of participant’s performance of simulated cumulative procedure

Course Instructors


Dave Holloway, ACNP

Regional Critical Care


Alexander Lukic, PA-C

Pulmonary Medicine


Michael Taylor, MD, FACS

Critical Care


Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN

Director of Global Nephrology
Director of Interventional Nephrology