Introduction to Registered Nursing for the Licensed Practical Nurse

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 153

       Course Name: Introduction to Registered Nursing for the Licensed Practical Nurse

       Credits: 1(1lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of all requirements for advanced placement into the ADN program to include NSC 113 and MAT 102; except BIO 111; National League for Nursing Mobility Test with score at the 68th percentile or better; State of Illinois approved pharmacology course or equivalent; clinical experience as an LPN in health care setting for at least 6 months within last 3 years.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course assists the LPN in understanding the comprehensive role of the registered nurse as specified by the philosophy and curriculum of the Oakton Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program. Content provides learning experiences to evaluate and enhance the LPN’s knowledge of nursing concepts and performance of nursing skills. Clinical experience provides opportunities to demonstrate theoretical knowledge in selected areas.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the NUR 153 the student is prepared to:            
            1.         Through discussion, analyze the philosophy and conceptual framework of the Oakton 
                        Community College Associate Degree Nursing Degree Program.
            2.         Compare and contrast differences in the role responsibilities of the licensed practical
                        and registered nurse.
            3.         Utilize available technology and resources to assist with the transition from practical
                        nurse to registered nursing student.
            4.         Describe the relationship between critical thinking and the nursing process.
            5.         Apply the nursing process to selected case studies.
            6.         Discuss selected legal issues that could affect nursing activities.
            7.         Utilize the nursing process to formulate a client teaching plan.
            8.         Identify communication strategies that enhance effective communications.
            9.         Discuss nursing actions that support the American Nurses Associated Code of Ethics.
            10.       Demonstrate ability to complete selected nursing assessments and skills.

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

I.        Introduction
            A.        OCC ADN Program Philosophy and Conceptual Framework
            B.        Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
            C.        Erickson's Stages of Development

II.        Role of the Registered Nurse
            A.        Difference between LPN & RN
            B.        Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act, State of Illinois
            C.        ANA Standards of Practice
            D.        Cultural Diversity

III.       The Nursing Process
            A.        Critical Thinking
            B.        Care Planning, Care Mapping
            C.        Collaborative Team Approach

IV.        Selected Nursing Skills of Registered Nurse
            A.        Physical Assessment
            B.        Review of Other Skills
            C.        Review of Dosage Calculations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussion, audiovisuals, computer-assisted instruction, demonstration, guidance of skill practice
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.         Readings as assigned by faculty
2.         Writing: Care plans and reports as assigned
3.         Study guides
4.         Lab practices: independent practice/return demonstration
5.         Computer-assisted instruction

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Selected by course faculty.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Two quizzes: 54% (27% ea.)
Teaching Plan: 8%
Patient Care Plan: 10%
Care Mapping: 8%

Written assignments related to readings:
Assignment 1: 10%
Assignment 2: 10%

NOTE: Students must achieve a grade of C or better to pass NUR 153.

XI.   Other Course Information

1.       The student is expected to be responsible for all the content and nursing skills done in NUR 103 and NUR 104.

2.       Make-up of exam:  The scheduled final exam shall be given during the final week of class.  Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed, at the discretion of the instructor, to take the exam at a later date.           

3.       Incomplete grades: See College Catalog.

4.       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.

5.       Support Services:
                        Learning Center
                        Computer-assisted Instruction
                        Instructional Media Services
                        Health Services
                        College Advancement

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