District Syllabus
PTN1017
Pharmacy Technician Math


Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3 (NOTE: )
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: MAT0028 Developmental Mathematics II with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: This course provides a comprehensive overview of math concepts essential to the practice of the pharmacy technician's skill set. The course covers the systems of weight, measurement and temperature, and the conversion from one system to another. Other topics include fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages and allegations. Emphasis is placed on the math skills needed to calculate doses, drug quantity or volume, intravenous flow rates and percentage concentrations.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Fulcher, Robert M. and Fulcher, Eugenia M. Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians: A Worktext, 1st ed., Saunders Elsevier, 2007. ISBN: 9780721606422
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Program; background check and drug screen.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to 
accurately calculate dosages of pharmaceutical products.
Course Learning Outcomes:
1. The student will understand the need for mathematics in the 
   pharmacy technician profession and other health occupations.

2. The student will understand and perform basic mathematical skills.

3. The student will understand the conversion of clinical
   measurements of numbers, time, and temperature.

4. The student will understand comparisons of measurements systems – 
   household, metric, apothecary systems.

5. The student will understand conversions between measurement 
   systems.

6. The student will understand interpretation of medication labels 
   and orders.

7. The student will understand calculation of solid oral doses and 
   dosages.

8. The student will understand the calculation of oral and parenteral 
   liquid medications.

9. The student will understand reconstitution of powders or crystals 
   into liquid medications.

10. The student will understand calculations of medications for 
    special populations based on body weight and patient age.

11. The student will understand calculation of medications measure in 
    units, milliequivalents, and   percents of concentration.

12. The student will understand the calculation of medications for 
    intravenous use.  

13. The student will understand the calculation of mixtures from 
    stock medications.  

14. The student will understand the interpretation of physicians’ 
    orders for dosages.

15. The student will have a basic understanding of business math for 
    pharmacy technicians.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.