no dosage test

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by yellowleaf yellowleaf (New) New

Are there any online schools that don't make you take a dosage test? When you take the required math classes that's it and your over, no extra tests or anything!? I'm sure the community colleges require it though.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 7 years experience. 4,047 Posts

There are no online entry level nursing schools, only online RN-BSN schools. ALL nursing schools require some form of dosage tests (mine required one each semester. The pass level increased from 80% for the first semester to 100% for the final semester).

NICUismylife

NICUismylife, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, RNC. 563 Posts

It's not just colleges that require it. Hospitals require it too. I am a 4th semester student and applying for jobs. They made me take a dosage calc test and achieve 100% on it in order to interview. Since I have been taking them in school every semester, it was no big deal. You HAVE to be competent at dosages in order to be a nurse. It would be unsafe for your patients otherwise. And, honestly, once you know how to do it, it's not hard. It's basic math.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 7 years experience. 4,047 Posts

It's not just colleges that require it. Hospitals require it too.

True. I had one when I started my job.

Horseshoe

Horseshoe, BSN, RN

5,879 Posts

Are there any online schools that don't make you take a dosage test? When you take the required math classes that's it and your over, no extra tests or anything!? I'm sure the community colleges require it though.

You should welcome the opportunity to become proficient at calculating dosages. After all, you wouldn't want to make a medication error, right? In the real world, making mistakes in your math when calculating the dose of a medication to give to a living, breathing human being would be completely unacceptable EVER.

Horseshoe

Horseshoe, BSN, RN

5,879 Posts

Are there any online schools that don't make you take a dosage test? When you take the required math classes that's it and your over, no extra tests or anything!? I'm sure the community colleges require it though.

You should welcome the opportunity to become proficient at dosage calculations. You wouldn't want to make a medication error, right?

In the real world, anything less than perfect math when calculating the dose of a medication you will be giving to a vulnerable person would be completely unacceptable.

AceOfHearts<3

AceOfHearts<3

Specializes in Critical care. 916 Posts

My facility requires annual competencies and med math is included. There's no way around it and there shouldn't be.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience. 5,047 Posts

Why would a school not require you learn to do dosage calculations? It's sort of important...

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

That escalated quickly. :wideyed: Good to know that we're all on the same patient safety page.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions. 4 Articles; 7,907 Posts

Honestly, I would be very wary of any nursing school that did not require their students to pass a dosage calculation test.

You may or may not have to take a basic math class along with the nursing program. That depends on your school's requirements.

medic981, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 6 years experience. 40 Posts

College Algebra was much more difficult and time-consuming than dose calculation math. I agree with everyone who posted previously. Dose calculation math is an absolute must to master. All I can suggest to the OP is practice makes perfect. I always looked forward to dose calc questions in nursing school because I knew I would always get them right. Too bad the NCLEX didn't have any dose calc for me when I took it.