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Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians

Master the mathematical calculations necessary to become a CPhT and calculate drug dosages safely and accurately. Patient safety depends on the ability of healthcare professionals, especially those responsible for distribution of medication, to calculate medication dosages and doses. This program covers everything from basic math skills to reading and interpreting labels and physicians’ orders, introducing key calculation and conversion concepts and then providing thousands of problems so you can practice and master the material. Other vital topics include conversions between the various measurement systems, reconstituting liquid medications, and calculating medications based on a patient’s age or body weight. Learn calculation skills and develop the competencies needed by pharmacy technicians through step-by-step examples proving ways to make it easy to learn and remember how to do equations and use formulas. Pharmacy Technicians must learn this skill early in their studies and use it continuously throughout their careers. This program is intended to provide the basic – and not so basic – mathematical concepts that are applied to pharmacy. You will gain the knowledge to preform calculations for dispensing or administering medications in ambulatory care and inpatient arenas as well as basic accounting procedures used in retail and some hospital pharmacies. Actual drug labels accompany examples and problems, for real-world experience with the information you will see in pharmacy practice. You will be taught traditional methods of calculation as well as including other unique ways of obtaining correct calculations. Ultimately, we want to help you find the method that works best for you!

Successful completion of this program waives the Math prerequisite to the Pharmacy Technician CHG-3001 program.


Textbooks are required for this course for this course. You may purchase your book through the Delta College Bookstore:

Online: Order your book online at
By Phone: You can place your textbook order by phone 989-686-9030
In Person: Purchase textbooks in person on main campus in the bookstore

Cost & Schedule 

Cost: $399
Course Number: CHG-3005

Register June 1, 2015

Dates: August 3-31, 2015
Time: Mondays & Wednesdays; 6-9:30pm
Location: Delta College Main Campus 


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