hcp220 | undergraduate

Pharmacy Calculations: Just For Good Measure

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This course covers fundamental math skills required to introduce students to pharmaceutical calculations. Topics include a review of basic math skills (number systems, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and percents) and conversion of measurement systems (metric, apothecary, and household). Students interpret prescriptions, analyze drug labeling, calculate drug dosages, and distinguish procedures and equipment for oral, liquid, topical, injectable, and intravenous medications.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9

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    Conversion Systems

    • Convert measurements of time and temperature.
    • Convert measurements using metric, apothecary, and household systems.

    Medication Calculations

    • Compare and contrast components of prescription and drug labels.
    • Suggest strategies for ensuring the rights of drug administration.

    Drug Dosage Calculations

    • Convert the dosage ordered to the desired dose by using the conversion factor and the ratio and proportion methods.
    • Determine the amount of a medication to administer by using the ratio and proportion, proportion, and formula methods.

    Oral and Injectable Drug Doses

    • Measure drugs using calibrations on equipment.
    • Calculate the amount of a drug to be given orally or by injection.
    • Discuss appropriate equipment for dosage and delivery of oral and injectable drugs.

    Intravenous Fluid and Drug Therapy

    • Identify various types of IV equipment.
    • Calculate appropriate dosages and flow rates for IV medications.
    • Determine safe dosages for pediatric patients.

    Basic Math Skills, Part II

    • Solve mathematical equations using proportions.
    • Perform various mathematical functions using ratios and percents.
    • Identify mathematical terminology.

    Pharmaceutical Calculations

    • Perform basic pharmaceutical calculations.
    • Distinguish appropriate drug equipment and approved pharmaceutical procedures.
    • Discuss best practices for pharmacy technicians.

    Basic Math Skills, Part I

    • Discuss the skills a pharmacy technician must master.
    • Perform various mathematical functions involving fractions and decimals.

    Measurement Systems

    • Identify symbols used for measurement.
    • Describe aspects of different measurement systems.
    • Calculate equivalent measurements within the metric system.
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