Pharmaceutical Mathematics I

Pharmaceutical Mathematics I


Fall 2010
08/23/2010 - 12/12/2010

Course Information

Section 002
Distance Learning
Veronica Velasquez

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term

Course Requirements


 Quizzes 25%        Homework 15%     Midterm 30%    Final Exam 30% (comprehensive)

 A minimum passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a passing grade for the course.

 A: 90 – 100%        B: 80 – 89%         C: 75 – 79%          D: 60 – 74%          F: 59% and below

 Students may check their grades through Blackboard by clicking on the "Grades" icon on the first page. Grades for homework assignments and quizzes will be posted immediately after they are submitted through Blackboard. Exam grades will be posted within a week after they have been taken at the testing center.  

 Please note all exams must be taken at the Testing Center.


 To receive an “I,” a student must have a passing average (75% or better) and have completed at least 80% of the

course work. The student will NOT be permitted to register for PHRA 2266 (Pharmacy Practicum) until the course has

been completed.

For a complete list of course and program requirements, please see the Pharmacy Technician Handbook, which is posted on our webpage at



No textbook required for this course - All material is uploaded to Blackboard. Student has access to course modules through Blackboard.

Course Subjects

Course Description

Pharmaceutical mathematics including reading, interpreting, and solving calculation problems encountered in the preparation and distribution of drugs. Conversion of measurements within the apothecary, avoirdupois, and metric systems with emphasis on the metric system of weight and volume. Topics include ratio and proportion, percentage, dilution and concentration,milliequivalents, units, intravenous flow rates, and solving dosage problems. The learning modules are as follow:

Module 1: Introduction and Mathematics Review

Module 2: Ratio and Proportion, and Dimensional Analysis

Module 3: reduction and Enlargement of Formulas

Module 4: The Metric System

Module 5: Common Systems of Measure

Module 6: Percentage Preparations

Module 7: Dilution of Stock Preparations

Module 8: Alligations

Module 9: Calculation of Doses

Module 10: IV Flow Rates

Module 11: Retail Pharmacy Math

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

 End of Course Outcomes

Solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, mixed numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages; demonstrate conversion from Roman numerals to Arabic numerals and from degrees Centigrade to degreesFahrenheit and vice versa; list the conversion factors for the most frequently used measurement systems in the pharmacy;solve pharmaceutical problems that require conversion between different systems for measurement including household,metric, apothecary, and avoirdupois; calculate the proper dose for an adult or pediatric patient; and calculate the correct flowrate for IV admixtures to deliver the appropriate amount of the drug and/or fluid prescribed.


Learning Objectives

A. Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, mixed numbers, fractions, and

decimals; perform basic algebraic principles; interpret prescriptions for calculation problems; and convert from

degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit and vice versa.

 B. Solve basic pharmaceutical problems using ration and proportion.

 C. Convert between the various denominations of each of the basic units in the metric system: meter, liter, and gram, and then use these conversions to solve pharmaceutical problems.

 D. Solve typical pharmaceutical calculation problems requiring the use of common systems.

 E. Solve pharmaceutical problems requiring calculation of percentage strength.

 F. Calculate the amount of stock preparations required to prepare a specified amount of a lesser strength.

 G. Calculate the amount of a lesser strength preparation that can be prepared from a specified amount of a higher strength preparation.

 H. Calculate the amount of diluent which must be added to a specified amount of higher strength preparation to prepare a required lower strength preparation, calculate the proportions of higher and lower strength preparations required for an intermediate strength preparation, and calculate the amount of active ingredient which must be added to make a lower strength preparation to make a desired higher strength preparation.

 I. Calculate the proper dose of a drug for an adult or a child.