MDM101 - Mathematics for Medication Administration

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Subject Title
Mathematics for Medication Administration

Subject Description

Mathematical accuracy is critical for today?s practical nurse.  This course will provide the student with the opportunity to practice calculation skills necessary for the safe administration of medications.  This course will build upon basic mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and metric conversions.  This course introduces students to techniques for accurately calculating medication dosages for oral, parenteral and intravenous medications to clients across the lifespan. The theory and practice related to medication dosage calculation and medication administration will be reinforced in subsequent nursing courses in the curriculum.


Credit Status
1 Credit towards the Practical Nurse Diploma Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Perform mathematical calculations including fractions, ratios, proportions, decimals and metric conversions in completing medication calculations.
  2. Accurately identify components of a medication label. 
  3. Interpret a medication order.
  4. Describe strategies to prevent medication errors.
  5. Compute medication dosages for oral and parenteral medications including some high alert medications.
  6. Compute medication dosages based on weight.
  7. Calculate input and output.
  8. Utilize critical thinking skills while performing math in medication administration.
CNO Entry to Practice Competencies (identified in subject outline and weekly course objectives)
 Demonstrates knowledge in critical thinking and problem solving skills
 Uses a theory based approach
 Implements appropriate administration and use of medication(s)
 Applies critical thinking and problem-solving skills in all aspects of nursing care

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