Dosage Calculation Resources

Dosage Calculation Competency

  • Applicants to the LPN and Paramedic Bridge to RN Program who meet MINIMUM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS must demonstrate competency in dosage calculation to earn 10 points toward application ranking. (see POINTS WORKSHEET). A dosage calculation test will be administered with Scoring as follows :
    • 90% on first attempt = 10 application points
    • <90% on first attempt = 0 application points
    • ANY score on second attempt = 0 application points
  • The minimum competency rate is 90%. A score of < 90% does NOT exclude you from admission, however a score of 90% will be required before the applicant can enroll or register for the Bridge Program.
  • ONLY the first attempt score will be considered for points.
  • Candidates will be notified of eligibility to test via Calhoun.edu email with a link to register for a test date/time.
  • Testing will include:
    • Conversions: time (military, traditional), metric, apothecary and common household units of measure used in medication administration and calculating weight (pounds to kilograms)
    • Basic dosage calculation for oral and parenteral medications o Reading medication labels o IV drip rate calculation (mL/hr, gtts/min)
    • Calculation of infusion time
    • Intake and Output
  • Testing Dates: SAVE THE DATE!
    • Thursday, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 AT 12:00 pm AND 5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 AT 8:00 am AND 3:00 pm
  • The dosage calculation competency test is given as a proctored assessment in the Health Science Computer Labs located next to Career Services on the Decatur Campus.
  • Testing Requirements and Information:
    • MUST MEET MINIMUM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS TO SIT FOR EXAM
    • Photo identification, such as a driver’s license, is required for entry.
    • No electronic devices, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, paper, or books will be allowed in testing room.
    • Calculator will be provided. Mobile phone not allowed.
    • Scratch paper will be provided and must be submitted after testing.
    • Bring a sharpened pencil for testing.
    • ONLY TWO ATTEMPTS allowed to obtain 90% for eligibility for enrollment.
    • Arrive 15 minutes prior to exam for check-in and verification.
    • This is a 40 item exam. 36/40 required for 90% score.
    • 75 minutes will be allowed for test completion.
    • Calculation problems will be fill-in-the-blank, NOT multiple choice.
    • Late arrivals will be allowed the remaining test time to complete the exam.
    • Rescheduling will be considered only if seats are available.
    • If you need testing accommodations contact Student Disability Services at 256-306-2630

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