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Pharmacology & Dosage Calc Tests - What did you have to know?

Hi,

I start my first semester of the RN program in January. I was told that we will have a dosage calculation exam and a pharmacology exam in the first couple of weeks. We have to pass both exams with a 100 % or we cannot proceed in the program. I was wondering for those already in nursing programs, what type of things did you have to know on your pharmacology and dosage calc exams? I would like to prepare myself ahead of time.

intuition

Specializes in E.R..

The metric system, conversions, ratio and proportion method, how to solve for X, apothecary system, and decimals. These are the basics, I would buy the book the teachers recommend to use to study, if they recommended something. Otherwise you can go to any book website and search nursing math. I hope this helps a little.

We had to do a computer program on pharmacology, and that really covered all we needed to know for pharm.

Math was pretty straightforward-ratio and proportion, some conversions, s/a one ounce=30mL, 1 tsp=5 mL 1 Tbl=15 mL, etc. The hard thing in mine was to show the work the way they wanted, write out "units" and "micrograms" rather than abbreviating, but the math itself was not hard.

Have you gone to an orientation yet? We got info about the dosage calc class in our acceptance packet. We also have the option to self-study.

My school does not have the self-study guide in the bookstore yet. I have been using an older version of a dosage calc workbook that I got in a thrift store. It is about 10 years old and will keep me busy until I can get the real workbook.

Nothing was mentioned regarding pharm. I will have to wait until the orientation to find out more.

Perhaps you can ask the nursing dept what the last year's book was, and maybe you can find a used one online.

Good luck and have fun!

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience.

You need to know your conversions like the back of your hand ! You will most likely only have 20 questions. The most toughest for me was converting kg to pounds when figuring out the dose for peds. Over all practice, practice, and do more practicing. You will do fine ! Our pharmacology exam was a part of a huge exam. We mainly had questions about pharmackinetics, and terminology.

I just had a dosage calc test this past Monday. Here's a sample question:

The physician ordered Kanamycin 17mg IM. You have available a 2mL vial containing 75mg. How many mL should you give??

We had to do metric conversions too. Not too difficult but it's not a pharmacology course so that could be why:nurse:

9livesRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine. Has 2 years experience.

I just had a dosage calc test this past Monday. Here's a sample question:

The physician ordered Kanamycin 17mg IM. You have available a 2mL vial containing 75mg. How many mL should you give??

We had to do metric conversions too. Not too difficult but it's not a pharmacology course so that could be why:nurse:

question: would the answer be 0.4mL?

We were taught to round up. So as another poster replied: 0.45=>0.5mL.

9livesRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine. Has 2 years experience.

darn it i rounded down!!!

need more practice!:mad: i am not used to this yet, my classes are going to start in january

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