Mathematics for Health Careers

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 102

       Course Name: Mathematics for Health Careers

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Successful completion of MAT 070 or appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers common mathematics requirements for Allied Health Sciences. Content includes a brief review of fractions, decimals, percents, ratio and the International System of Measurement (Metric); apothecary and household systems; system conversions; and reading and calculating medication doses. Technology incorporated when appropriate.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Review how to perform simple algebraic procedures (such as working with ratios and proportions and solving equations) and discuss how to apply these procedures to problems.
  2. Convert between fractions, decimals, and percents.
  3. Demonstrate competence in converting between the International (metric) system of measurement, the apothecary and household systems, and knowledge of related symbols.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of necessary medical terminology and symbols.
  5. Demonstrate competence in reading labels and calculating medication dosages.
  6. Calculate basic IV drip rates including medications in units/hr., and mg./hr.
  7. Show proficiency in calculating pediatric dosages by weight.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of ethical and legal responsibilities of calculating medications accurately.
  9. Use content-specific software in a laboratory environment to reinforce these objectives.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Week Topics
1 Brief review of fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios
2 Systems of Drug Measure
3 Metric apothecary and household measurement
4 Reading labels
5 Legal and ethical responsibilities
6 Oral medications – solids and liquids
7 Liquid for injection
8 & 9 Injection from powders
10 & 11 Basic IV drip rates
12 & 13 Types of IV calculations
14 & 15  Peds problems

Lab will consist of computer assisted instructions/tutorial using Dosage and Calculations Made Easy found in Nursing Software I.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation can include lectures, discussion, demonstrations, experimentation, audiovisual aids, and regularly assigned homework. Labs will be completed during class.  A TI-83 graphics calculator will be used for instructional purposes.  Other technology will be used when appropriate.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course practices can include attendance, assignments, special projects, classroom activities and assessments.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course. appropriate.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods can include graded homework, laboratories, chapter or major tests, quizzes, individual or group projects, calculator/computer projects and a final exam.

The following applies to the online section of this course only:

This online course requires that students take their exams as directed by their instructor: either on campus at Oakton's Testing Center, at an authorized testing center with a face-to-face monitor, or remotely through a pre- approved testing service.   (To be customized by instructor.)

XI.   Other Course Information

Individual instructors will establish and announce specific policies regarding
attendance, due dates and make-up work, incomplete grades, etc.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.