El Camino College


Nursing 48 Dosage Calculations

Kim Baily RN, MSN, PhD


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Nursing 48
Room: Tech 101 E
310 660 3286

Tues: 8:00 -10:05am

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This course reviews the mathematics needed in computing correct and safe medications doses.  The student will use concepts of higher mathematics to gain knowledge of techniques for calculating drug dosage.  Problem solving, application of algebraic concepts, formulas, proportional relationships, systems of measurement, and measurement system conversions will be included.  Proficiency in the use of the metric system will be emphasized.


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  1. Demonstrate application of math skills in computing drug dosage problems.
  2. Identify the systems of measurement.
  3. Demonstrate with 90% accuracy the ability to convert from one unit of measurement to another.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to calculate with 90% accuracy the number of tablets or fluid volume to be administered.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to calculate with 90% accuracy the amount of fluid volume to be withdrawn from a medication in powdered form.
  6. Describe the information needed to determine a safe pediatric dose.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to calculate with 90% accuracy the dosage to be administered to an adult, child and infant.
  8. Identify the different kinds of intravenous drip factors.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to calculate with 90% accuracy the flow rate at which an IV solution infuses; the  number of hours to infuse; the milligrams per hours, and the micrograms per minute.



1 Unit



Eight week course.



Pickar, Gloria,  Dosage Calculations, most recent edition.



This class is primarily computational in nature and includes exams, quizzes and homework problems.




Please turn off cellular telephones, pagers, watch alarms, and other sound-producing electronic devices before class begins.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the classroom.

Permission to tape record a lecture is required from each instructor.



Messages from students to instructors of Nursing 48 faculty may be placed in the message box outside the instructor’s office, TA 101 I.  Voice mail is available at 660-3283. Office hours will be announced the first day of class.



Regular attendance is expected of every student. A student may be dropped from class when absences exceed the number of units assigned to the course.



Tardiness means arriving later than the designated class beginning time regardless of the reason. Please allow yourself ample time to get to class in a relaxed and calm manner.



Tests are designed for a specific amount of testing time. Additional testing time will not be granted on the basis of tardiness. Once seated for a test a student will not be excused from the room until the test is turned in.

Should a student be absent for a scheduled test or quiz, they will be considered "no show" unless they present a doctor's note verifying illness. Student should discuss family or personal emergency directly with the instructor. A make up exam may be given at the discretion of the instructor.

Bring the required number of blank Par Score test forms to your next class meeting. The forms may be purchased at the bookstore. Your forms will be redistributed to you on the days of your test. Do not write anything of ParScore test forms until instructed. 



Successful completion of N150 requires a minimum 75% average in theory and a satisfactory in skills/clinical laboratory.

Test scores and course grades are truncated, not rounded off, per nursing department policy. For example, if you receive an 80.5% or an 80.9% on a test this is equivalent to an 80%.



            5 Quizzes – 10 points each (6 quizzes – drop lowest score)                   50

            6 Homework assignments – 10 points                                       60

            Final                                                                                                     30

            Total Points                                                                                          140


Note:  There are NO make up quizzes. 

Homework:  Due at beginning of class. 



Cheating violates section i.b of the El Camino College’s board policy 5138 standards of student conduct. “Dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the college.”  Dishonesty will not be tolerated. When there is evidence of cheating or plagiarism in classroom work, students may receive an “F” for that piece of work or may be suspended from all classes for that term and the following term if deemed appropriate.

Examples of cheating or plagiarism include:

Copying or allowing another student to copy from one’s paper or answer sheet during an examination.

Allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade in any one of the following: testing, field trips or attendance.



It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for childcare needs. There is a childcare center here on campus.  Children may not be brought to class, skills laboratory, or left unattended on campus.  The campus police may take custody of unattended children and charge the parents with possible abandonment or negligence.

Both Little Company of Mary Hospital and Torrance Memorial Hospital offer a child care program for children when they are ill. Contact these facilities for more information about their child care programs.

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