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The Association for Vascular Access Announces the Launch of AVA Academy

Thursday, May 9, 2019  
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May 9, 2019 - Today the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), in collaboration with The Clinician Exchange (TCX), launched a new, best-in-class learning management system tailored to aspiring and established vascular access clinicians.

Providing cutting edge training, critically-acclaimed presentations from scientific meetings, journal review courses and much more, AVA Academy is a groundbreaking initiative that advances the heart of AVA’s mission – Protect the Patient | Educate the Clinician | Save the Line. Academy curriculum is now available to the public, and to active AVA members at a discount.

“The launch of AVA Academy fills a significant unmet need in the global vascular access community,” AVA Director of Clinical Education Judy Thompson said. “Having examined the courses already available at launch and also looking ahead to the ones in development, I’m thrilled with what TCX will be delivering to our current members and future members.

"The expertise TCX brings to LMS development and adult learning enables AVA to create dynamic educational modules for the vascular access community in a timely and expeditious manner.”

Active AVA members can access learning modules and educational curricula focused on patient care in alignment with the most effective and current best practices and guidelines, while the same education is available broadly at a non-member rate.

“We are excited to make quality Vascular Access education as available and accessible as possible for every type of clinician – the beginner, the advancing and the expert,” AVA CEO Ramzy Nasrallah said.

AVA members now receive access to learning modules and educational curriculum focused on patient care in alignment with the most effective and current best practices and guidelines.

“The association is committed to expanding AVA Academy into the quintessential resource center for both current and aspiring vascular access clinicians, built by a partner with a vast knowledge in providing such services,” Nasrallah said.

The AVA Academy IT architecture was developed through an agreement with TCX.

“TCX is proud to announce its partnership with AVA Academy to build the most reputable library of procedural and academic vascular access e-Learning courses available today,” TCX President and Founder Skender Daerti said. “Early iterations of the curriculum have already been administered to educate over 4,000 current and aspiring vascular access clinicians over the past year. Those students have given the curriculum a 97% learner satisfaction rating, primarily due to its purely objective nature and focus on educating strictly to industry vascular access standards.”

Users can access the extensive vascular access educational courses offered on AVA Academy at There they will find sessions from past annual AVA Scientific Meetings, each with CE credits available. All coursework available on AVA Academy has been approved for CE credits for nurses and Radiological Technicians, and more content is on the way.

“AVA Academy will soon be populated with educational courses for both generalists and specialists,” Thompson said. “We are excited to offer these courses, as the insertion of a vascular access device is the most common invasive procedure in healthcare. Following the initial rollout, AVA will continue creating and developing new, innovative content. Patient care never stops evolving, so neither will AVA – or AVA Academy.”

To learn more about AVA Academy, please email


The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) was founded in 1985 to promote the emerging vascular access specialty. Today, AVA stands at the forefront of protecting and saving lives via establishing best practices and promoting patient advocacy.  AVA’s multidisciplinary membership advances research, provides professional and public education to shape practice and enhance patient outcomes, and partners with the device manufacturing community to bring about evidence-based innovations in vascular access. To learn more or join, visit


The Clinician Exchange was founded by the healthcare industry, for the healthcare industry, to virtually and efficiently address healthcare needs to improve the current state of profession. Today, The Clinician Exchange efficiently connects 6,500 medical device suppliers with more than 6 million clinicians in the United States while offering insight in an effort to improve the industry for everyone. To learn more or join, visit