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Math Basics for the Health Care Professional, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By Michele Lesmeister

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Feb 15, 2008

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Math Basics for the Healthcare Professional, Third Edition draws on comments from the field to include more applications: thus, the expanded units on metric system conversions, pre-algebra, reading drug labels, medicine cups, and syringes, parenteral dosages, intravenous administration formulas, and basic dosages by weight have been included in the text. The appendix includes an additional practice tests for each unit. A student CD offers an additional two practice tests for student use.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Health Occupations Matrix of Math Skills and Self-Assessment

Health Occupations Math Skills Self-Assessment Score Sheet

Math for Healthcare Professionals Pre-test

Unit 1

Whole Number Review





Number Statements



Basics of statistical Analysis





Roman Numerals

Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

Whole Number Self-Test

Unit 2


Part-to-Whole Relationships

Equivalent Fractions

Reducing to Lowest or Simplest Terms

Multiplication Method

Division Method

Improper Fractions

Adding Fractions with Like Denominators

Finding the Common Denominator

Ordering Fractions

Subtraction of Fractions

Borrowing in Subtraction of Fractions

Multiplication of Fractions

Multiplying a Fraction by a Whole Number

Reducing before you Multiply as a Timesaver

Multiplication of Mixed Numbers

Division of Fractions

Fraction Formula

Complex Fractions

Fraction Self-Test

Unit 3


Rounding Decimals

Comparing Decimals

Addition of Decimals

Subtraction of Decimals

Multiplication of Decimals

Division of Decimals

Zeros as Placeholders in Decimal Division

Simplified Multiplication and Division of Decimals

Simplified Multiplication

Simplified Division

Changing Decimals to Fractions

Changing Fractions to Decimals

Temperature Conversions with Decimals

Decimal Conversion Formula

Solving Mixed Fraction and Decimal Problems

Decimal Self-Test

Unit 4

Ratio and Proportion



Solving for x

Word Problems Using Proportions

Solving for x in More Complex Problems Using Proportion

Nutritional Application of Proportions

Ratio and Proportion Self-Test

Unit 5


Percent-to-Decimal Conversion

Decimal-to-Percent Conversion

Using Proportion to Solve Percent Problems

Percent Strength of Solutions

Single Trade Discount

Percent Self-Test

Unit 6

Combined Applications

Conversion among Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, and Percent

Suggested Order of Operations

Using Combined Applications in Measurement Conversion

Standard Units of Measure

More Combined Applications

Combined Applications Self-Test

Unit 7

PreAlgebra  Basics


            Absolute Value

Integer Operations

Adding Integers with the Same Sign

Adding Integers with Different Signs

Subtracting Integers

Multiplication of Integers

Division of Integers

Exponential Notation

Scientific Notation

Square Roots

Order of Operations

Algebraic Expressions


Writing Expressions from Word Problems

Solving Equations

Writing Equations from Word Problems

Literal Equations

Pre-Algebra Basics Self-Test


Unit 8

The Metric System

Using the Metric Symbols

Changing Unit Measures

Metric System Self-Test

Unit 9

Reading Drug Labels, Medicine Cups, Syringes, and Intravenous Fluid

Administration Bags

            Reading Drug Labels

            Reading medicine Cups

            Reading Syringes

            Reading IV Adminstration Bags

          Reading Drug Labels, Medicine Cups, Syringes, and Intravenous Fluid

Administration Bags Self-Test



Unit 10

Apothecary Measurement and Conversions

Apothecary Measurement and Conversions

Apothecary  System Self-Test


Unit 11

Dosage Calculations

Rounding in Dosage Calculations


Dosage Calculations Formula

Practice Practice Using Drug Labels

Dosage Calculations Self-Test

Unit 12

  Parenteral  Dosage

Parenteral  Dosage

Parenteral Dosage Self-Test

Unit 13

The Basics of Intravenous Fluid Administration

IV Fluid Adminstration

The Basics of Intravenous Fluid Administration Self-test



Unit 14

Basic Dosage by Weight

Basic Dosage by Weight

Basic Dosage by Weight  Self-Test


Practice Post-Test


Appendix of Practice Unit Exams 1-14 and Answers

Answer Key



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