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Haven't taken a class yet and I am starting to freak.....

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I just checked the Syllabus for my calculations course online and was OK until I came across this: A student needs to get a 90% or more on the cumulative exam to be successful in the course and receive a Pass. Anything below a 90% means not passing, the student ends up not being able to go further in nursing courses. Not to mention you only get 2 attempts...

Anyone else going/has gone through this?

Thanks

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kgh31386, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

Don't sweat it...the Math is easy. Plus some schools have pass/fail math exams. :up:

Thanks! =) Im just very nervous b/c math isn't my strong point...

kgh31386, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

Some of the problems are as simple as this..you have a 5mg pill, the order says you need a dose of 10mg, how many pills do you give? Sure they get longer with some more conversions, but just set them up neatly and you'll be good to go.

SierraMoon, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/UM. Has 8 years experience.

We have to pass a dosage test 100% every semester, 5 attempts. I have a learning disability in math and I've managed so far. Believe me when I say that if I can, so can you. It's pretty basic stuff.

We have a math test (not a course) required every semester after our 3rd (when we start passing meds) -- must be passed 100%, we are given 3 attempts.

Just practice practice practice! Do as many problems and examples like the ones you will be tested on over and over until you can do all the steps by heart. Our instructors gave us several "practice tests" and we also have a dosage calculation book with lots of examples as well.

Don't stress & read each problem carefully. Think about all of the tricky things that can trip you up .. decimal points, leading / trailing zeros, labels (mg, ml etc). You'll do great! :)

We also have to get 100% with 3 attempts. Interestingly enough, the calculations get harder with each attempt...

We also have to get 100% with 3 attempts. Interestingly enough, the calculations get harder with each attempt...

Same, we have to get 100% as well. You don't want your nurse to only get your meds right some of the time :)

The calculations aren't that bad, we have never had anyone fail out due to math exams.