Medical Math

More and more, healthcare providers need to be able to draw on basic skills that underpin their everyday functions on the job. The Medical Math course provides students with the basic math skills they need to be successful on the job in a way that applies mathematical problems to real-world healthcare scenarios. Throughout this course, students will gain an understanding of where basic math functions from fractions and percentages to accurate measurements and algebraic expressions are used throughout the healthcare system. Designed specifically for students looking to enter the healthcare field and/or those looking to brush up on these essential skills, the Medical Math course provides a foundation that is essential to any healthcare professional.

Beyond basic mathematical instruction and review, students will be introduced to the three systems of measurement used to calculate dosages administered orally and intravenously. Students will also learn to use critical thinking skills and arithmetic to understand medication orders and use equipment for preparation, administration, and labeling of medications.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the use of medical mathematics in the healthcare system
  • Compute number sentences using fractions, ratio and proportion, decimals and percentages
  • Convert efficiently between fractions, ratio and proportion, decimals and percentages
  • Compute solutions to problems and determine the reasonableness of an answer by relating them to the problem and using estimation
  • Interpret metric measurements and household measurements as they relate to allied health occupations
  • Use integers to evaluate algebraic expressions
  • Convert between metric systems and between metric and household systems


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