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Nursing: Math for Meds: General Information

This is a guide to help prepare for Kirtland's drug calculation test.

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Need additional help?

If you need additional help before the test, contact the Tutoring Center as Math for Meds tutoring is by appointment only.

  • 989-275-5000 x246
  • tutoring@kirtland.edu
  • in person

The Tutoring Center is located in the Kirtland Community College Library.

Tutoring Center hours are:

Fall, Winter, & Summer Semesters and Breaks                                

M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Math for Meds Module

General Information from the Kirtland Nursing Department

During your time in the Nursing Program at Kirtland, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency and safety for medication administration in clinicals in the following areas:

  1. Conversions: metric system for weight & volume (milli-, kilo, centi, micro/gram, liter),  pounds/kg.; teaspoons, tablespoons, ounces/milliters; Celsius/Fahrenheit; grains/milligrams
  2. Tablet dosage calculations
  3. Fluid dosage calculations
  4. IV infusion time, IV flow rate, IV drip rate


There are different methods used for drug calculations: formulas, dimensional analysis, proportions, etc.

The Nursing Department recommends the following websites for further information and practice: