Course Abstract Details

XNURS-091, Dosage Calculations

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Course Description

NURS-091, Dosage Calculations, serves as a basis for developing proficiency and accuracy in dosage calculations. Topics include computations for oral, parenteral, and intravenous routes of administration for adults and children using the metric and household systems of measurement. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nursing Program. Fifteen hours of lecture per term. No credit. One billable hour. Offered Summer Term only. This course is optional and intended for students needing instruction prior to taking the nursing dosage calculation proficiency exam.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will:

1. Solve mathematical calculations involving fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios & proportions with accuracy. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

2. Identify selected abbreviations and symbols commonly used in medication administration. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

3. Solve mathematical conversions between the metric and household measurement systems. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

4. Compute the amount of a drug to be administered using ratio & proportion to calculate the correct dosage. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

5. Compute the drops per minute to administer, given an intravenous infusion order and various infusion sets. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

6. Calculate infusion times. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

7. Calculate basic pediatric and geriatric dosages with accuracy. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

8. Understand the differences in syringes and how to measure solutions in them. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3; GE2)

9. Convert between Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales with accuracy. (TSLO RN4; TSLO PN4; GE3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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