This course was great! Very interesting. I am glad I took it."
It’s a very good course for busy people. It was very helpful, boosted my confidence. My attitude towards math has changed because of this course. Thank you."
A very well done course!"
To help me pass the Pharmacy Tech exam I took this course to refresh what I learned in a continuing education class. This course did that and then some. I am looking for a job and I am excited to get started in a new career. Thank you!"
This was a good class and I liked the way the instructor seemed very real, personable; almost as if we were in an actual classroom."
Medical math was exactly what I was looking for. Each problem was explained in detail. I copied the chapters and I could practice, practice, practice, until I knew it perfectly."
This was an excellent course and I will definitely recommend it to students who are interested in pharmacy tech, paramedic, or nursing."
I felt that the instructor did a very thorough job explaining mathematical concepts and formulae that are present in health care jobs that require math. My confidence soared during this course, as I have always been intimidated by any kind of math beyond addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their math skills both at work and outside of work. Thank you, Ben!"
I loved this course and I think the teacher did an awesome job. I liked the class because you can take the quizzes as many times as you like, you can print all your stuff out and use it to help you learn the material. I liked the professor because he answered the questions quickly. The discussion area was nice because it allowed the students and the professor to help you. I would recommend this course to anyone that is going into nursing or anyone that is working in the medical field."
I wanted to say thank you for your great class. I think this is a great course for any one going into the medical field. It helped to build my confidence and introduced me to some concepts I wasn't expecting, I learned many new things. I wasn't sure what to expect going into the class, but I feel it was worth the time, effort and money to participate and take the class. The saying: you don't know what you don't know helps to summarize what I thought at the end of the class. It opened my eyes to how much more I should learn about dosage calculations and all of the considerations that go into determining dosages for different types of medications and different types of patients.
A great variety of subject matter that I feel was relevant was covered as thoroughly as possible in the amount of time given, great organization of information, thank you for offering this class.
Course Code: mdm
In the first lessons, you will review fractions, percents, decimals, exponents and more because these math topics are what medical professionals commonly need to use. Then you will review the metric system and the U.S. customary system of measurement. You will learn to make conversions within and between these two systems, and how medical professionals use these measurements every day.
In these lessons, you will explore some of the jargon and abbreviations medical orders use. You will interpret ratios, determine rates, and set up and solve proportions---all of which will help you as you determine medication dosages and make other medical calculations. Then you will cover the basics of dimensional analysis and use it to solve problems that are more complex. You will focus on several key formulas that medical professionals use. You will learn different ways to solve the same problem, so you can choose the method that is easiest and fastest for you.
In this lesson, you will learn to apply what you have learned in previous lessons as you master new skills. You will calculate doses of oral medications in solid and liquid form. You will also learn to dose oral medications based on body weight and body surface area. Then you will learn about solution strengths as ratios and percentages, and you will practice the calculations necessary to prepare solutions.
In this lesson, you will learn to formulate doses of parenteral medications. You will do calculations for liquid parenteral medications measured in milliliters and in units. Then you will learn the basics of intravenous and enteral solutions and infusions. You will learn to calculate the flow rates for both kinds of infusions. You will also figure out how long it will take a solution to infuse.
In this lesson, you will discover how medical professionals give medications intravenously, and you will practice calculation flow rates in different circumstances. Then you will learn about special dosing concerns for your younger and older patients. You will calculate doses for pediatric and geriatric patients using body weight and body surface area. You will also explore age-specific issues, like daily fluid maintenance and dosing of patients with reduced kidney function.
In this final lesson, you will learn basic statistics that you can apply in the medical field. You will see how to use statistics to summarize a data set. You will understand how people use data and statistics to make decisions, improve quality, and develop best practices in medicine. Then you will work with examples from the medical field as you calculate and interpret probabilities. Finally, you will explore ways to collect data and learn to understand and evaluate research results.
Ben Sellers has more than 17 years of teaching experience both online and in the traditional classroom. He has taught college students, working professionals, adult learners, and K-12 students. He has also taught a wide variety of students in the medical field, including lab technicians, nurses, pharmacists, and aspiring physicians. Sellers holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences and has worked as a mathematical and statistical consultant.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.