Drug dosage calculation class?

  1. Anyone know of a school that offers this course to the general public? Seems like most of these classes are only offered as a part of a degree course and I need it as a prerequisite to a school I'm hoping to attend.

    Online courses would be preferable.

    Thanks!!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   runsalot
    Georgia perimeter college. But it is pass fail.
  4. by   Kimynurse
    Suffolk county community college
    Dose it's called dosage calculations.
  5. by   stephanie.
    GPC doesn't offer the drug dosage beginning this spring to non nursing students due to budget cuts. I was going to take it.
  6. by   HeatherMax
    I am teaching myself from a used dosage and calculations text book and you tube
  7. by   SopranoKris
    Lansing Community College in MI combines Pharmacology with Drug Dosage Calculation. The course is NURS 200. This is offered as an online class. There is also NURS 119 and you choose Medication Math, but I believe you have to already be in the RN program to take this.

    I highly recommend getting the book "Math Attack: Strategies for Winning the Medication Math Battle". You can go through the exercises in this book without taking a course and you'll be armed with what you need to know to complete dosaging problems. Once you get the concept of dimensional analysis down, it's just a matter of knowing how to read a question and figure out what is and is not relevant to the answer.
  8. by   hopefulRN'17
    Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts has a drug calculations class that is also a pre-req for applying. It is a 1 credit class and it is offered both on campus but also online. Take the online class.
  9. by   kristinanunes
    Thanks so much for the info. I am considering studying on my own and testing out of the per-req requirement. But I'll have to pass with a 90% or better and I'm not sure what will happen if I don't get the score. If it means not getting into the program this Fall, then I'd rather take the course somewhere.
  10. by   SopranoKris
    How confident are you in your Math skills? If you typically do well, you should pass dosage calculations no problem. Our Pharmacology class had a requirement that we had to pass 2 dosage calculation tests with a 90 or better or you failed the ENTIRE course. It felt nerve wracking at first, but it's really not that difficult. If you're solid on fractions and you know how to do conversions and use dimensional analysis, then you'll be fine.
  11. by   HeatherMax
    This is a great place to take practice tests and watch videos of how to do the math. Pharmacy Math to study for the PTCB or ExCPT.
  12. by   allycat77
    You really don't need a course on this. We have the dosage tests as part of my pharmacology class. We don't really "learn" it in class. We are shown some problems, but really it is al on your own. Our book is pretty good, "Clinical Calculations Made Easy, 5th edition," by Gloria P. Craig. Mind you any old edition would probably do-- math doesn't exactly change. It shows all different types of examples. You are doing dimensional analysis, and really, this is the best, easiest way to learn calculations. If you have done chemistry, chances are you have already done DA.
    There is also a website, that a lot of people recommend. www.dosagehelp.com/
  13. by   SKay226
    For the online course, do they use a textbook? If so, do you know the name of it?

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