Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians

A Worktext


  • Robert Fulcher, BS Chem, BSPh, RPh, Pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy, Waynesboro, GA
  • Eugenia Fulcher, BSN, MEd, EdD, RN, CMA (AAMA), Allied Health Instructor, Waynesboro, GA

Written for pharmacy technicians, and addressing the competencies developed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians, 2nd Edition helps you learn to calculate drug dosages safely and accurately. A practical worktext format covers everything from basic math skills to reading and interpreting labels and physicians' orders, introducing key calculation and conversion concepts and then providing hundreds of problems so you can practice and master the material. Other vital topics include conversions between the various measurement systems, reconstituting liquid medications, and calculating medications based on a patient's age or body weight. Written by experienced pharmacist Robert Fulcher and educator Eugenia Fulcher, Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians helps you learn calculation skills and develop the competencies needed by pharmacy technicians.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2012
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-4259-2

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction and Basic Math Skills

1. Assessment of Mathematical Skills Needed in Health Occupations

2. Review of Basic Mathematical Skills

Section II: Measurements Used in Health Care and Conversions Between Measurement Systems

3. Conversion of Clinical Measurements of Numbers, Time and Temperature

4. Comparisons of Measurement Systems

5. Conversions between Measurement Systems

Section III: Medication and Prescription Orders and Their Calculations

6. Interpretation of Medication Labels and Orders

7. Calculation of Solid Oral Doses and Dosages

8. Calculate Doses of Liquid Oral and Parenteral Medications

9. Reconstitution of Powders or Crystals into Liquid Medications

Section IV: Special Medication Calculations

10. Calculation of Medications for Special Populations Based on Body Weight and Patient Age

11. Calculation of Medications Measured in Units, Milliequivalents and Percents of Concentration

12. Calculation of Medications for Intravenous Uses

13. Calculation of Mixtures from Stock Medications

14. Interpreting Physician's Orders for Dosages

Section V: Business Math

15. Business Math for Pharmacy Technicians


Comprehensive Post-Test

Answer Key (for odd-numbered problems only)