MDM101 - Mathematics for Medication Administration

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-06-06 13:36:13.324
Last review date 2018-06-06 13:36:13.325

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

c-policy/appf.html for a complete list of all 11 Essential Employability Skills.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Diploma Program.

Topic Outline
During this course the student will review, study and apply basic mathematical concepts and calculations in the following areas:

  • Systems of Measurement
  • Safe Medication Administration
  • Understanding Medication Orders and Drug Labels
  • Calculation of Oral Medication Doses
  • Calculation of Parenteral Medication Doses
  • Drug Dosage Protocols & Insulin/Heparin Administration
  • Reconstitution of Medication Doses
·         Intravenous Fluids & Secondary IV Lines
·         Weight Based Dose Calculations
·         ·Intake and Output Calculations
·         Nasogastric Replacement Calculations

Mode of Instruction
Classroom: 2 hours per week x 14 week = 28 hours

A variety of teaching methods will be used in this class including a combination of classroom and online modules. Students are expected to follow the schedule and work through the designated sections online independently and be prepared to demonstrate their learning online and/or in-class. Students who are having difficulty are expected to contact the professor as soon as the problem becomes apparent and seek extra assistance through the Learning Centre.

Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. . If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Students interested in pursuing hybrid or online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

  • teacher facilitated
  • cooperative learning groups
  • independent study
  • mini-lectures and discussion

Prescribed Texts

Gray Morris, D.  Calculate with Confidence (1st Canadian ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 978-1-927406-62-5

Required Supplies
A basic 8-digit calculators can be used. Scientific calculators, programmable calculators, PDAs, cell phones or other non-basic types CANNOT be used on any test and examination.

Promotion Policy

In order to achieve a grade of Satisfactory, students must achieve a minimum grade of 80%.
Failure to do so will prevent the student from entry to PNC220

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Test 1 30%
Term Test 2 30%
Quiz 5%
Final Comprehensive Exam 35%

There are no rewrite tests. Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations.

Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. Failure to produce documentation within the timeframe will result in a grade of zero in the missed evaluation. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

Grading Policy


Quizzes 30%
Assignment 30%
Final Comprehensive Exam 40%

Approved by: Lisa Harfield