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 and 104.
  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.

Selected by course faculty.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. A satisfactory grade of C or better in each unit of the course (50%).
  2. A satisfactory grade of C or better on “Final Project” – integrating all content of Summer session courses.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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    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

Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work of assignments. students who inform instructors on advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again. Instructors should inform students of this practice at t he beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made accordingly. Similar consideration is accorded to faculty, staff and administrators and is provided for in their respective contracts.

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

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.