Raritan Valley Community College
Pharmacology Clinical Calculations Course
I. Basic Course Information
A. Course Number: NURS 016 - 01X, 02X, 03X
B. Course Title: Pharmacology Clinical Calculations Course
C. Department: Nursing
D. Semester Credit Hours: This is a 2 non-credit course. The student does not receive credit towards his/her degree.
E. Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture/Laboratory: 2 hours
F. Prerequisite: Not achieving a grade of 85% on the pharmacology placement test.
G. Co-requisites: Current enrollment in Foundations of Nursing or Nursing Transitions
H. Laboratory Fees: None
II. Catalog Description: The Pharmacology Clinical Calculations Course is a mathematics course for those students who are currently registered for Foundations of Nursing or Nursing Seminar and who did not successfully complete the Pharmacology Placement exam. It is designed to assist these students to safely calculate, prepare, and administer medications.
The course is self-paced. There will be a review of basic math concepts and an introduction to the formulas and skills necessary to solve drug dosage problems that occur in the practice of nursing.
III. Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to:
1. Utilize components of basic mathematics and safe nursing practice in the
calculation, preparation, and administration of oral and parenteral medications.
2. Calculate and interpret centigrade and fahrenheit temperatures.
3. Utilize the metric, apothecary, and household system in calculating medications.
4. Calculate conversions in the metric, apothecary and household systems.
5. Perform calculations necessary for preparation of oral and parenteral medications.
IV. Outline of Course Content:
Math Review: Decimals, Fractions,
Ratios and Proportion
Apothecary and Household Systems
Dosage Calculations/Ratio and Proportions
Dosage Calculations/Formula Method
Calculating Dosages Based on Body Weight
Reading Medication Labels
Calculation of Oral Medications
Calculating Intravenous Flow Rates
Calculation of Parenteral Medications
V. Modes of Teaching and Learning: Lecture, group work on content, self study workbook
and tests. Each scheduled class period will consist of lecture and individual, as well as group,
work and individual. Class attendance is mandatory. All worksheets for missed class sessions
must be completed.
VI. Assessment Methods: All quizzes and the final are taken in the media center. Students must
achieve an 85% on each unit quiz and on the final exam. Successful completion on one unit
is required before the student may progress to the next unit. All unit quizzes must be
completed before the student may take the final exam. Retakes are administered until a
passing grade is achieved. All quizzes and the final exam must be completed by the last
class day, in order to remain enrolled in Foundations of Nursing.
VII. Text: Deborah Gray, Calculate With Confidence, 3rd Edition, Mosby: St. Louis, Missouri,
VIII. On Line Section: Students, who score 75% or above on the Pharmacology Calculation’s Pretest, are eligible to enroll in the On Line Section of this course. If a student in the On Line Section fails a quiz, that student is required to attend class or make an appointment with the course instructor during her office hours.