Drug dosage calculation class?




Mar 14, '13GPC doesn't offer the drug dosage beginning this spring to non nursing students due to budget cuts. I was going to take it.


Mar 14, '13Lansing 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. 
Mar 15, '13Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts has a drug calculations class that is also a prereq for applying. It is a 1 credit class and it is offered both on campus but also online. Take the online class.

Mar 16, '13Thanks so much for the info. I am considering studying on my own and testing out of the perreq 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.

Mar 16, '13How 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.

Mar 16, '13This 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.

Mar 16, '13You 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/
