PCC/ CCOG / VT

Course Content and Outcome Guide for VT 211

Course Number:
VT 211
Course Title:
Pharmaceutical Mathematics II
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
20
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Continues mathematics as applied to pharmacology from Pharmaceutical Mathematics I. Includes a review of drug dosage calculations and solutions and percentages, except problems are more difficult. New topics covered are fluid therapy and cancer chemotherapy problems. Program admission or prerequisite Pharmaceutical Mathematics I required.

Addendum to Course Description

The purpose of this course is to review and further teach the veterinary technology student the fundamentals of pharmaceutical mathematics.  
This is designed for first year veterinary technology students and is a graduation requirement for the Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology. Credits in this course are not transferable to a four year school towards a baccalaureate degree.  
No text is required for this course.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of the course, the short term outcome will be that the student will have satisfactorily accomplished the goals and objectives of this course content and outcome guide and confirmed as provided in the assessment above. The long term outcome desired is for the student to gain sufficient knowledge of Pharmaceutical Mathematics to successfully pass the National Veterinary Technician Board Examination and effectively utilize the knowledge gained in their Cooperative Education Experience and as a practicing veterinary technician upon graduation. The course content and outcome guides are developed by college-wide subject area faculty and approved by management.

Course Activities and Design

This course is designed to be a lecture course. It is a one-credit-hour course that meets for two lecture hours per week.

The topics this course will cover is unit conversions, solutions and percentage calculations, allegation, drug dosage calculations, cancer chemotherapy calculations, basic fluid therapy and advanced fluid therapy.  

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be based on the student€™s understanding of the course content as demonstrated by worksheets, homework assignments, quizzes and by attendance. To receive a passing grade, the student must have attended a minimum of 70 percent of each of the lecture classes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.0   DOSAGE CALCULATIONS AND CONVERSIONS 
INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:
The goal is for the student to develop a proficient working knowledge  calculating drug dosages and converting between units of the metric,  apothecaries and household systems using the label factor method (dimensional analysis).  
2.0 FORMS AND EQUIPMENT USED IN DOSAGE MEASUREMENT
INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:
The goal is for the student to develop a proficient working knowledge of drug forms and equipment used in drug measurement.
3.0 DRUG LABELS  
INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:
The goal is for the student to become proficient at reading drug labels.
4.0 SOLUTIONS AND PERCENTAGE  
INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:
The goal is for the student to develop a proficient working knowledge of calculating percentages of solutions for diluting and mixing purposes.
5.0 FLUID THERAPY  
INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:
The goal is for the student to develop a proficient working knowledge of basic use of fluids in veterinary practice as well as calculate the amount and rate of fluid administration. The student will learn to add drugs to fluids and perform relevant mathematical calculations in regard to them.
6.0 CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY  
INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL:
The goal is for the student to develop a proficient working knowledge of basic use of cancer chemotherapy drugs in veterinary practice as well as calculate the amount to give The student will learn to convert weight to body surface area and apply it to dosage problems.