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Nursing Pre-Practicum Math Assessment – Process

Classification number LACD 1401
Framework category Local
Approving authority Academic Council
Policy owner Associate Dean of Nursing
Approval date September 8, 2021
Review date September 2023


The purpose of this policy is to establish clear expectations and processes regarding the Pre-Practicum Math Assessment


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Scope and authority

The Policy applies to students in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 of the BScN and RPN- BScN programs.

The Associate Dean (Nursing), or successor thereof, is the Policy Owner and is responsible for overseeing the implementation, administration and interpretation of this Policy.


In order to maintain competency and ensure patient safety, every BScN and RPN to BScN student is required to complete a pre-practicum math assessment.

This assessment is completed prior to every practicum experience.

The mastery level for the assessment depends on the year level of the student.

Students in year 2 are required to attain a grade of 80%, students in year 3 are required to attain 90% and students in year 4 are required to attain 100% in order to be successful on this assessment.

Should a student not achieve the required grade on this assessment, they are eligible to write every week until the required grade has been up until the deadline noted below.

Students must successfully complete the medication math assessment by the date indicated in the Academic Calendar noted as the last day to drop courses without academic consequence.

Failure to reach the passing percentage outlined for your year (80% in year 2, 90% in year 3, and 100% in year 4) will result in students being withdrawn from the course.

Students will not be permitted to prepare and / or administer medications in practicum until the desired mastery level has been achieved, which could potentially impact the student’s ability to successfully demonstrate the expectations for that practicum experience.

Students who do not achieve mastery shall create a learning plan outlining the specific remediation strategies they intend to use to achieve mastery.

Recommended remediation may include the following:

  • Review Calculate with Confidence workbook (Gray, Morris, Brown) and the associated online modules posted in Year 2 Pharm Lab course.
  • Focus on the following modules/chapters:
    Reading Medication Labels
    Using Ratio & Proportion to Calculate Dosages
    Using Formula to Calculate Dosages
    Calculations of Oral Medications
    Parenteral Medications
    Reconstitution of Medications
    IV Calculations
    Heparin Calculations
    Pediatric & Adult Dosages Based on Weight
  • Refer student to Math Specialist and/or Peer Tutor in Learner Support Center

Monitoring and review

This Policy will be reviewed as necessary and at least every three years. The Associate Dean, Nursing, or successor thereof, is responsible to monitor and review this Policy.

Relevant legislation

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