Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 103

       Course Name: Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

       Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. MAT 102 or MAT 102 Proficiency Examination. Nursing Assistant Certification approved by Illinois Dept. of Public Health.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the concepts of professional nursing practice. Content includes the nursing process and the role of the nurse in assisting clients to maintain and promote health across the life span. Nursing skills are taught in the college laboratory; a variety of community agencies are used for clinical practice.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of NUR 103, the student is prepared to:

  1. Identify the role of the professional nurse as a member of the health team.
  2. Identify components of the nursing process.
  3. Recognize the developmental stage of clients at various ages.
  4. Demonstrate ability to complete a basic health history and physical assessment of clients at various ages.
  5. Assess the ability of clients to meet their physical and psychosocial needs.
  6. Describe how the nursing process is used to promote health and prevent illness across the life span.
  7. Demonstrate a caring and empathetic attitude with clients and their families taking into account cultural diversity.
  8. Identify the legal responsibilities that impact accountability.
  9. Define the principles of ethics and their implications for nursing practice.
  10. Utilize therapeutic communication skills when interviewing clients and their families.
  11. Utilize appropriate communication skills with peers and other health team members taking into account cultural and language diversity.
  12. Utilize specific technology as part of the learning process.

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

  1. Introduction to Nursing
  2. Communication
  3. The Nursing Process
  4. Basic Human Needs and Developmental Stages of Man
  5. Concepts of Health Promotion
  6. Alteration in Life Style Affecting Basic Needs

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, Discussion, Audiovisuals, Computer Assisted Instruction. Demonstration, Guidance of Skill Practice. Supervision of Client Care.

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
  3. Study Guides
  4. Lab Practices: Independent practice/return demonstration
  5. Fieldwork: Field Observation/Community Health Resources
  6. Clinical: Supervised client care, pre/post conference
  7. Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

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

Exams 75%
Comprehensive Examination 25%
Standardized Achievement Tests (NLN)

Clinical performance is evaluated based on established criteria which are used in the following:
   Weekly progress reports for each student
   Final clinical performance evaluation
   Written work as assigned
Students receive a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory at the end of the semester.

College Lab:
Laboratory performance is evaluated using established criteria defined in the student syllabus and the laboratory workbook.

Written lab tests must be passed with a grade of 75 or better. There is one comprehensive written lab examination and one comprehensive skills exam.

Students are apprised of their progress in theory, client care and college lab on an ongoing basis through written reports and oral conferences. Students must receive a grade of Satisfactory in Client Care and College Lab and the required grade of C in Theory to pass NUR 103. A failure in any part of the course results in failure in the course.

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.
  3. 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

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.