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NURS 0199

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.   
Credit Hours   2   
Course Title   Nursing Dosage Calculations   
Prerequisite(s)   Exit or exemption from all Learning Support and ESL requirements and written permission of the department chair   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course utilizes critical thinking and pharmacological concepts to solve the many types of problems that may be encountered in the preparation of solutions and administration of medications. The course includes information that is essential to safe, accurate drug calculation in current clinical practice. Problems addressed will move from the simple to the complex. Dimensional analysis will be used to solve calculations.
   
Expected Educational Results   
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to meet the following objectives which are organized according to the NCLEX Blueprint.

I. Safe and Effective Care Environment
A. Safety and Infection Control
1. Apply principles of correct mathematical skills to safely calculate dosages of medications.

II. Physiological Integrity
A. Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
1. Explain the major systems of drug weight and volume measures including the metric, apothecaries and household units of measure.
2. Interpret common pharmacological abbreviations for drug measurements, dosages, routes, time and other related terms.
3. Demonstrate competence in computation of drug dosages to include dilution, reconstitution, breaking or other alteration. 4. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving as it relates to preparation of solutions and administration of medication.

General Education Outcomes   
None Specified
   
Course Content   
None Specified
   
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF COURSE:
Students must fulfill all of the following course requirements and assignments in order to receive an “S” or satisfactory grade for the course. Failure to meet course requirements will result in a “U” or unsatisfactory grade for the course. All course assignments must be completed by the stated date. A midterm and final exam will be given on line. An average of 80 or better from the midterm and final is required to receive an “S”. See the GPC college and nursing student handbook for other general policies and information.

Pass/Fail Course Information: This is a pass/fail course. This means you get 2 hours of college credit, but the grade does not figure into your overall GPA.

COURSE EVALUATION METHODS (according to designated schedule):
1. Midterm and final exam

COURSE GRADING METHODS:
1. Midterm and Final=average of 80

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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