Pharmacy Calculations

Pharmacy Calculations

Course Hours: 
225
Price: 
$1,200.00
Course Type: 
Mentor Supported
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Pharmacy Calculations provides a clear consistent format with a step-by-step approach to the calculation and administration of drug dosages. It covers the ratio and proportion, formula, and dimensional analysis methods. This course focuses on enhancing the learning experience of students at all levels by making content clinically applicable. Concepts relating to critical thinking, logical thinking, and process are presented throughout. Practice problems have been added throughout this course to give the students a better understanding of principles related to drug dosages.

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify ratios, proportions, percentages, fractions, and decimals
  • Recall the basics of the metric system and apothecary system as units of measurement
  • Recognize the steps to interpret a physician’s orders and read a drug label
  • Define the essential guidelines for medication administration
  • List the steps to calculate for various dosages and for differing ages

Pharmacy Calculations Module 1
Review of Mathematics 

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percents
  • Ratios
  • Proportions

Pharmacy Calculations Module 2
Units and Measurement

  • Metric and Household Measurements
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Proportion
  • Household Measurements
  • Calculations Used in Patient Assessments
  • Calculating Intake and Output
  • Calculating Patient Weight
  • Calculating Patient Lengths

Pharmacy Calculations Module 3
Preparation for Calculation of Drug Dosages

  • Safety in Medication Administration
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses
  • Methods to Promote Safety in Medical Administration
  • Interpretation of the Physician’s Orders
  • Written and Verbal Orders
  • Introduction to Drug Dosages
  • How to Read Medication Labels
  • Parts of a Drug Label

Pharmacy Calculations Module 4
Oral Dosages

  • Capsules and Tablets
  • Liquids
  • Milliequivalents
  • Oral Drug Dosage Calculation
  • Pharmacy Calculations Module 5
  • Parenteral Dosages
  • Syringes
  • Calculation of Parenteral Drug Dosages: Dimensional Analysis Method
  • Calculation of Parental Drug Dosages: Proportion Method
  • Parental Drug Dosage Calculation: Alternative Formula Method

Pharmacy Calculations Module 6
Dosages and Reconstitution of Medications

  • Insulin
  • Insulin Syringes and Pens
  • Dosages Involving Oral Medications
  • Dosages Involving Parenteral Medications
  • Mixed Insulin Administration
  • Powder Reconstitution

Pharmacy Calculations Module 7
Flow Rates 

  • IV Administration of Fluids and Medications by Gravity
  • Infusion of IV Fluids and Medications by an IV Pump
  • Saline and Herapin Locks
  • Central Venous Catheters
  • Patient-Controlled Analgesia
  • Intravenous Flow Rates
  • Critical Care Intravenous Flow Rates

Pharmacy Calculations Module 8
Pediatric and Obstetric Dosages

  • Pediatric Dosage Calculations
  • Calculate the 4 Hour Dosage
  • Calculate the Individual Dose or Single Dose
  • Body Surface Area Calculations
  • IV Administration of Medications by Milliunits/Minute
  • IV Administration of Medications by Milligrams/Minute

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

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Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.
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