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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

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). NOTE: Math and Chemistry for Healthcare Professionals RC 103 and Math and Chemistry for Healthcare Professionals ST 103 are the same course taught within multiple tracks.