LPN Option

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 151

       Course Name: LPN Option

       Credits: 5 (3 lecture: 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of NUR 105, NUR 106, NUR 108 and concurrent general education and support courses, all with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course emphasizes the role of the LPN. Content includes legal & ethical responsibilities in the care of the client with selected health concerns.  Course must be completed by the student entering the program with the intent to meet eligibility requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student is prepared to:
  1. Discuss the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse within the health care team.
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills that assist the pediatric and adult client cope with alterations in health.
  3. Demonstrate the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in applying the nursing process to the care of children and adult clients.
  4. Assist in health related teaching of adults and children.
  5. Demonstrate caring and respect towards clients taking into account cultural diversity.
  6. Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice.
  7. Identify potential ethical issues in clinical situations.
  8. 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. The Role of the Practical Nurse
  2. The Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in Caring for Clients with Selected Health Concerns
    1. Metabolic and nutritional disorders
    2. Hepatic/biliary disorders
    3. Respiratory
    4. Cardiovascular
    5. Renal
    6. Musculoskeletal
    7. Neurological
    8. Gastrointestinal

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, laboratory practice, audiovisuals, role playing<
Assisted Instruction
Demonstration, guidance of student practice, supervised client care
Clinical pre- and post-conferences
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Readings as assigned by faculty
  2. Care plans
  3. Clinical: Supervised client care, pre/post conference

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. Theory
    4 Quizzes
    2 exams
    Standardized LPN Comprehensive Achievement Test (Must score at or above the 40 percentile to meet requirements for the NCLEX-PN.)

  2. Clinical performance is evaluated on the basis of established criteria:
    • weekly progress reports for each student
    • final clinical performance evaluation
    • assigned written work

    Students receive a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory at the end of the semester.

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. (See ADN Guidelines for Clinical Absence Policy).
  2. Class Policy on:
    Make-up of 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 take the test at a later date. (See ADN Guidelines Grading Policy for further information concerning make-up of exams.)
    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
    • Advising
    • 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 the 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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

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.