PHRM1020 Pharmaceutical Calculations

Students will become proficient in basic arithmetic and specific calculation methods as they apply to pharmacy. This course will review basic math skills which are required for more advanced calculations. It also covers measurement systems and various dosage calculations.




Qualifying score on math assessment test OR MATH1050 or MATH1060

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailedinformation regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Calculate dosages for adults and children based on various parameters
Determine flow rates associated with Intravenous fluids
Convert temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit
Determine correct concentrations and dilutions
Compute amounts of ingredients needed for a formulation
Calculate number of doses required for a prescription order
Convert metric measurements between apothecary and household
Interpret Roman Numerals
Calculate ratios and proportions
Calculate percentages/strengths of medications
Demonstrate basic business math

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
Brooklyn Park Campus - 763-488-2477
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Eden Prairie Campus 952-995-1300

Credit Details