Features and Benefits

Math Basics for Healthcare Professionals, 5th Edition, helps all learners successfully master the basic math skills needed in today's health professions


  • Uses clear writing and straightforward descriptions to empower reluctant math learners. Simple, entry-level explanations and healthcare-specific examples motivate interest and help students focus on the math knowledge they need most for their careers.
  • Links math concepts to the application of the skill in the healthcare workplace.
    • Professional Expertise tips after every unit let readers see exactly how the math they are learning is applied in the field.
    • UPDATED: New information on the different classes or schedules of drugs prepares students to work in today’s healthcare environment.
  • Builds skills and confidence sequentially. The proven organization helps students learn each concept one step at a time. Student Learning Outcomes at the beginning of each unit ensure that students know exactly what they're being asked to learn.
  • Gauges students' abilities upfront, and identifies areas where remediation is needed. The text opens with a comprehensive pre-test, and includes 15-question pre-tests before each unit to help students identify what they don't know, and focus their scarce study time.
  • Covers all the math essentials needed by today's allied health professionals. 15 units cover: whole number review; fractions; decimals; metric measurement; ratio and proportion; measurement conversions; percents; combined applications; pre-algebra basics; reading drug labels, medicine cups, syringes, and intravenous fluid administration bags; apothecary measurement and conversion; dosage calculations; parenteral dosages; basic intravenous fluid administration; and basic dosage by body weight.
    • UPDATED: To improve the flow of content, the Metric Measurement unit now follows the Decimals unit.
    • NEW: A new Measurement Conversions unit offers coverage of this important topic.
    • NEW: The Basic Dosage by Body Weight unit now includes Clark’s, Young’s and Fried’s Rules.
    • UPDATED: Apothecary measurements such as minims and units are now used sparingly throughout the text.
  • Provides a variety of practice and review opportunities with occupation-based examples and problems to support critical thinking and skill building.
    • Simple concept reviews and instruction, practice problems, and post-tests after each unit help students check their understanding and apply what they’ve learned.
    • Critical-thinking applications are included throughout the book, as well as end-of-unit critical-thinking problems that help students hone their decision-making skills.
    • Math Sense and Setup Hints features offer practical tips that will help students avoid mistakes and get accurate answers faster.
    • Answers to odd-numbered practice problems are provided in Appendix C, extra practice units are included in Appendix B, and Appendix A contains a comprehensive post-test.
  • Promotes retention of essential concepts. Mnemonic devices help students remember the basic skills they will need.
  • Makes learning easier and more intuitive, especially for visual learners.
    • The full-color, open design provides plenty of white space for students to work out math problems.
    • UPDATED: Large illustrations–including even more updated drug-label illustrations that meet industry standards and changes–help students visualize problems, provide context for real-world applications, and make the entire book more user-friendly.
    • UPDATED: The metric conversions and additional graphics are moved in the text to assist readers in memorizing the conversions.
  • Provides resources that students can rely on throughout their careers. Appendices include a Dimensional Analysis appendix for dosage calculation and other applications, and a Student Resource appendix including a handy math note-taker.


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