The Catholic University of America

  Annual Math Requirements in Nursing

In addition to the School-wide clinical requirements, undergraduate students must achieve a passing grade on the annual math test.

The ability to perform accurate mathematical calculations is a critical skill that a student must demonstrate in order to safely administer medications. Therefore, a math test will be given annually to all School of Nursing students, starting freshman year. The math test must be passed with a grade of 90% or higher before clinical rotation experiences are arranged for the student. If the minimum of 90% is not achieved with the first test, it may be retaken once for all courses with the exception of NURS 150-Introduction to Professional Nursing. The Math tests are tied to individual courses in the Nursing Program. The rules and requirements for the Math test are explained in each course where they are administered. Each annual test has specific criteria and standards.

Math Test Plan

In preparation for the math tests, the recommend text book is: Morris, D. G. (2006). Calculate with confidence (w/CD) (5th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby, ISBN-13: 978-0323056298

Topics Covered in Math Tests

Freshman Year: Percentages, Fractions, Ratios, Basic College Entry Level Math (Standardized Exam)

Sophomore Year: Unit Conversions

Junior Year: Medication Administrations/IV drip rates

Math Test Details

Tests in the second and third year of the program are paper and pencil-based tests (a calculator may be used), closed book, not on-line, with a minimum of 30 questions. No questions are divided into parts, and no partial credit is awarded.

Math Test in Year 1 Administered in N150 - Introduction to Professional Nursing

  1. The math test for the first year students will be given in Nurs150. The test will be administered as a part of the Standardized Entrance Exam.
  2. No retakes of the test will be administered nor permitted.
  3. Directed tutoring and guidance will be offered for students scoring in the lower percentiles of this exam. Referrals will be made to the CUA Center for Academic Success.
  4. Students can progress in program if, and only if, they take the exam and receive appropriate remediation, as required.

Math Test in Year 2 given in N310 - Pharmacology

  1. Remediation will be required if the score on test is less than (<) 90%.
  2. One retake is allowed if Test 1 < 90%.
  3. Final grade assigned for the scoring (in class) for Math test is numeric score achieved on the first attempt of the Math test (Test 1).
  4. If a student receives a score below 90% on retest, the student will: a) Receive an F in N310.   b) Traditional 4 year students will not be able to not be able to take the following courses during the next academic year:  N275D & N275C – Adults and Health and Illness-Basic;  N375 -- Mental Health; N377 -- Mental Health Clinical  c) Second degree students will not be able to take any senior level courses  and not be able to take Nurs375 & Nurs377.

 

Math Test in Year 3 given in N376 – Adults and Health and Illness-Intermediate, with progression into Year 4

  1. Remediation will be mandated if score on test is less than (<) 90%.
  2. One retake is allowed if Test 1 < 90%.
  3. Final grade for test is score achieved on Test 1.
  4. If a student receives a score below 90% on retest, the student will: a) Receive an F in N376. b) Will not be able to not be able to take the following courses during the next academic year:
    • N423 – Women and Health Lecture
    • N428 – Women and Health Clinical
    • N479 – Adults and Health and Illness
    • N420 – Child and Adolescents – Lecture
    • N421 – Child and Adolescents-Clinical
    • N426 – Medical Surgical Leadership