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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Simi Institute for Careers & Education | Evaluated Learning Experience

Math and Chemistry for Healthcare Professionals RC 103/ST 103

Formerly Math and Science for Respiratory Care RC 103

200 hours (20 weeks).

Simi Institute for Careers and Education Main Campus, Simi Valley, California

January 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: express in proper scientific notation answers obtained from mathematical calculations; differentiate between the precision and accuracy of measurement; discuss how to solve mathematical problems using ratios;  apply proportions to mathematical problems; compare and contrast the term volumes percent from an expression that relates to an actual percentage; apply dimensional analysis to solving mathematical problems; describe International System of Units; determine the logarithm of a number and obtain antilogarithms; interpret graphic representation of data; define independent variable and dependent variable; understand the differences among hyperbolic, parabolic, and straight line curves; recognize different forms of algebraic expressions; locate positive and negative numbers located on a number line; state the rules for order of operations; identify terms in an algebraic expression; describe a formula; define a reciprocal relationship; name the three fundamental subatomic particles comprising an element; distinguish atomic weight from atomic mass; discuss electron configuration; explain the three types of chemical bonding; state Henry's law of solubility; the two forms of Graham's law of diffusion; articulate the following terms: Solution, Solute, Solvent, Mole, or gram molecular weight; relate the law of mass action to the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation; compute the density and specific gravity for gases and liquids; define thermal energy, temperature and the components of an electrochemical cell; distinguish between oxidation and reduction; describe the flow of current through an electrochemical cell; detail the structural similarities of a typical living cell; discuss the chemistry associated with a typical living cell; explain basic principles of organic chemistry; relate biochemical roles of carbohydrates; describe biochemical roles of proteins; explain biochemical roles of lipids; relate biochemical roles of nucleic acids; and discuss the biochemistry of the hemoglobin molecule.


The course provides the basis for and the application of mathematics and chemistry in healthcare settings. Major topics include: math, exponents, significant digits, ratios, proportions, percents, units of measurement, logarithms, graphs, algebraic expression, real numbers/comparisons, order of operations, combining like terms, evaluating formulae, and reciprocal relationships; and, chemistry, characteristics of solutes and solutions, osmotic pressure, solute/solution measures by ratio, weight/volume, and percent, ionic makeup of acids, bases, and slats, and blood pH values. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, laboratory exercises, computer software exercises, and exams.  

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Respiratory Care (4/17) (4/22 revalidation).