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Nursing: Dosages & Calculations: Home

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 Dosages & Calculations tutoring is by appointment only.

  • 989-275-5000 x246
  • 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.

Contact Us

Here's How:

Hours:  8 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday - Grayling

Phone: 989-275-5000 x 246

Email:  Please allow 24-48 hours for response

For Answers to Library Questions, check out our Library FAQs

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, ratio-proportion, etc.