I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 055

       Course Name: Pre-Nursing

       Credits: 4(4 lec: 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Admission to ADN program as conditional student.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the profession of nursing and provides the rationale for the relationship of basic science and nursing. Content focus is improving basic academic skills with emphasis on reading and communication in nursing, as well as time management, stress management, and study skills. Part of three tandem courses required for continuing into the Associate Degree Nursing program.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Pre-Nursing course, the student will be prepared to:

1.  Utilize learning experiences related to course content to facilitate success in Nursing 103/104.
2.  Utilize improved communication skills to meet requirements for success in the ADN program.
3.  Successfully interact with faculty, peers, and assigned clients as part of the nursing program.
4.  Develop a time management schedule and study skills to facilitate success in the ADN program.
5.  Demonstrate improved study skills and time management ability by earning a grade of C or above in Nursing 103 and 104.
6.  Demonstrate improved reading and communication  skills by achieving a grade of C or above in Nursing 103 and104.
7.  Utilize orientation to nursing and the nursing process to better understand nursing theory and practice in Nursing 103 and 104, and achieve a grade of C or better in Nursing 103 and 104.
8.  Give examples of the relationship of nursing and basic science which facilitate developing a rationale for selected nursing actions.
9.  As a group member, demonstrate results of collaborative learning techniques and productive group interaction through presentation of “Final Project” – integrating all aspects of Summer session.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Science (Cardiovascular System)

Respiratory Disease

Gastrointestinal System Disease

Urinary System Disease

            Health and Wellness

                        Therapeutic Communications

                        Nursing Process Assessment


                        Fluid and Electrolytes

            Nursing Seminar

                        History of Nursing



                        Legal and Ethical

                        Cultural Diversity

                        Alternative Medicine


                        Logging on to OCC

                        Nursing Software


                        Group Dynamics

            Study Skills

                        Learning Styles

                        Time Management

                        Organizing a Schedule

                        Note Taking Techniques, Mnemonic

                        Stress Reduction

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Collaborative learning techniques
Classroom presentations
Others as identified in course unit (Appendices)

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

See individual course units (Appendices).

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Selected by course faculty.

XI.   Other Course Information

A. Students are expected to attend all scheduled campus nursing classes, on-campus college laboratory sessions and clinical practicums. Client Care requirements demand that all students must be on time for clinical experience. Absence from clinical experience will affect a student’s ability to meet course objectives and can result in failure in the course.

B. Class Policy on:
Make-Up Exams:
Periodic pre-scheduled examinations shall be given throughout the semester. Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed, at the discretion of the instructor, to make up the test in the testing center.

Incomplete Grades:  See College Catalog.

Late Assignments:
Written work is a requirement of the course. Failure to submit completed written
assignments constitutes an unsatisfactory grade in the course unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

C. Support Services

            Learning Center

            Computer-assisted Instruction

            Instructional Media Services

            Enrollment Management - Enrollment, registration, evaluation and record-keeping

            Office of Research - Surveys and reports

            Health Services - health forms, physicals, and medical tests

            Bookstore - textbooks


            College Advancement - Publications and Marketing

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at