Math Skills for Allied Health Careers

Prentice Hall
Daniel L. Timmons / Catherine W. Johnson  
Total pages
February 2007
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Appropriate for Two-year associate in arts health care curriculum


Basic Mathematical Skills for Allied Health Careers provides allied health students with a solid mathematical foundation because it presents clear explanations of the mathematical concepts required of health care workers. It contains over 1500 problems ranging in level and difficulty, and applies material directly to a variety of allied health careers. Detailed examples are worked through step-by-step and concepts are presented in a non-threatening, yet sophisticated, manner.  Unique to this book, it covers a broader range of allied health topics, discusses calculators and manual calculation techniques, and presents multiple methods for determining dosages.


Application to a variety of allied health professions–appeals to a broad audience.

  • Represents numerous allied health careers such as medical assisting, nursing, dental assisting, pharmacy technicians, radiology, etc.  

Coverage of more allied health topics–makes this text unique.  

  • Devotes more chapters to allied health topics than most competitors and discusses the latest on medication labels, prescriptions, syringe calculations, measurement systems, etc.

Over 1500 problems–appear throughout the text, with odd number answers appearing in the back of the book.

  • Range from simple to complex and reflect a variety of situations that students will face in their allied health careers.
  • Give instructors ultimate flexibility by providing a wide range of problems to choose from and assign. 

Over 125 detailed examples–appear throughout the text.

  • Give students step-by-step guidelines on how to solve problems and reinforce each section of the text.
  • Clarify different methods and approaches to solving mathematical problems related to allied health. 

Dosage calculations–are presented using several different methods.

  • Show how to determine appropriate dosages using ratio/proportion, formula and dimensional analysis.
  • Give students a better understanding of this important topic and multiple ways they can check if their calculations are correct.

Calculator lessons–are interspersed throughout the text, in addition to manual calculation techniques.

  • Discuss how calculators are used to solve mathematical problems within professional health care environments.
  • Place a greater emphasis on understanding the underlying mathematical concepts in each section.   

Chapter reviews and practice tests–are provided with answers appearing in the back of the book.

  • Give students a chance to test their own knowledge of basic concepts as they progress through the course.
  • Prepare students for tests given by the instructor during the term.

Table of Contents

1. Basic Arithmetic Computations in Health Applications

2. A Review of Algebra

3. Systems of Measurement

4. Medication Labels, Prescriptions, and Syringe Calculations

5. Modeling Health Applications

6. Calculations for Basic IV Therapy

7. The Basics of Statistics

8. Logarithms, Ionic Solutions, and pH

Back Cover

MATH SKILLS FOR ALLIED HEALTH CAREERS provides students enrolled in two-year associate in arts health care programs with the solid foundation in math concepts needed for success in the field.  This book is written in easy-to-understand mathematical language so that students with limited experience in mathematics will be able to comprehend the concepts.  Clear understandable explanations are illustrated with numerous examples, and over two thousand practice and sample test problems provide students with a wealth of reinforcement opportunities.


Key Features Include:

  • Dosage calculations presented using ratio and proportions, formulas, and dimensional analysis methods.
  • Calculator lessons interspersed throughout the book
  • Chapter summaries and a list of key terms and formulas at the end of each chapter
  • Chapter reviews and practice tests with all answers provided at the back of the book
  • Problem sets with odd-numbered answers at the back of the book

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