Nursing, Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum NUR.NUR.AAS (C218A) Nursing, Associate Degree

Curriculum NUR.PNU.CERT (C317D) Nursing, Practical

Triton’s Nursing program provides students with a basic knowledge of nursing theory and practice, humanities, and social and biological sciences. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of settings. Graduates earn an associate in applied science degree and qualify to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for the registered nurse. Students may choose to sit for the NCLEX for the practical nurse after successful completion of the first two semesters of the program and NUR 190◊. Students are required to achieve a satisfactory score on a standardized comprehensive nursing exam prior to graduation with a Practical Nursing certificate or associate in applied science degree. Students who are unsuccessful in completing the PN or RN standardized comprehensive nursing exams, during enrollment in NUR 190◊ or NUR 290◊, may enroll in NUR 095 for Practical Nurse certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) completion. Candidates for the PN and RN-NCLEX are required by law to meet fingerprinting requirements, submit to a criminal background check and report conviction of any criminal offenses as part of the licensure application process. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 100 West Randolph, Suite 9-300, Chicago, IL 60601, (312/814-4500). The associate in applied science degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326 (800/669-1656), website: www.acenursing.org. The Practical Nurse Certificate is a non-accredited certificate program.

Admission is determined by a point system based on a nursing pre-entrance test, Grade Point Average for college level prerequisite courses (RHT 101◊, PSY 100◊, and BIS 136◊ or BIS 240◊), and previous college academic history. Candidates are required to meet CPR, health, criminal background check with no findings, alcohol breath testing and drug screening requirements prior to entry into the clinical setting. Preference is given to candidates who are permanent residents of Triton College’s district. Nursing is a selective admission program with preference for admission given to the most highly qualified individuals for the available seats. Nursing courses have a higher tuition rate and fees.

Program prerequisites:

  • High school graduation or GED
  • Attendance at a Nursing Information Session is highly recommended
  • Triton College Placement Test, with scores permitting entrance into MAT 085 (or higher) and RHT 101
  • Satisfactory scores on the nursing admission test*
  • Computer proficiency (word processing, email, internet use) as evidenced by transcripts, employer documentation or completion of CIS 100

PREREQUISITE COURSES -- All prerequisite courses must be completed with grade of "C" or better

Algebra (MAT 085 or higher)

Biology* (BIS 101◊)

Chemistry* (CHM 110◊ or CHM 140◊)

**PRE-ADMISSION COURSES -- Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 to 4.0 or better is required for all three of the college-level pre-admission courses. All pre-admission courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

RHT 101

PSY 100

BIS 136◊ or BIS 240

*All math and all science courses must be completed within five (5) years of program entry.

*The five-year limit for BIS 101◊ may be waived, provided that BIS 136◊ or BIS 240◊ is taken within five (5) years of program entry.

*Students may be admitted pending successful completion of Introduction to Nursing Academics (NUR 105◊) with a minimum grade of "B". This course is required for all students who:

  • meet the minimum standard criteria on the pre-nursing admission test AND/OR
  • earned a "C" grade in the biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology prerequisites, AND/OR
  • graduated from high school within eight months of entry into the Nursing program

Accepted students are required to complete all health and clinical requirements prior to registration for NUR 130, NUR 135, NUR 145◊, NUR 155◊, NUR 185, NUR 190NUR 225◊, NUR 235◊, NUR 245◊, NUR 255◊ and NUR 290

Pre-Admission Semester

BIS 136 #Functional Human Anatomy I

4 credits

OR

BIS 240 #Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4 credits

 

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

RHT 101 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Semester One

EDU 206 #Human Growth and Development

3 credits

NUR 130Promoting Adaptation I

4 credits

NUR 135 #Promoting Adaptation II

5 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Two

BIS 137 #Functional Human Anatomy II

4 credits

OR

BIS 241 #Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4 credits

 

NUR 145 #Nurs Care, Ind W/ Rec, Adapt Prob I

5 credits

NUR 146 #Pharmacology in Nursing I

1 credit

NUR 155 #Nur Care, Ind W/ Recur Adapt Prob II

5 credits

NUR 156 #Pharmacology in Nursing II

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:16

BIS 136◊ and BIS 137◊ may be substituted by BIS 240◊/BIS 241◊ sequence. Students must complete both courses within the same sequence.

Summer Session (optional)

Upon completion of NUR 185 (bridge course); LPNs will petition to receive credit for NUR 130, NUR 135, NUR 145◊, NUR 155NUR 146◊ and NUR 156◊. (NUR 146◊ and NUR 156◊ credit is pending completion of a State of Illinois approved pharmacology course or equivalent.)

Semester Three

BIS 222 #Principles of Microbiology

4 credits

NUR 225 #Promo Adapt: Chronic Health Problems

4 credits

NUR 235 #Promo Adapt: Psychosoc & Rehab Problems

4 credits

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Four

NUR 245 #Promo Adapt: Childbear/Childrear Family

4 credits

NUR 255 #Promo Adapt: Acute Health Problems

4 credits

NUR 285 #Professional Nursing Career Development

2 credits

NUR 290 #Leadership in Management of Patient Care

2 credits

SPE 101 #Principles of Effective Speaking

3 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Note: All program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Total Credit Hours: 71

LPN Exit Option -- C317D

(NUR.EXT.CERT)

Effective: 8/25/03

Program prerequisites

Pre-Admission Semester

10 credits

Semester One

12 credits

Semester Two

16 credits

NUR 190 #Prep for the Practical Nurse Role

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:42

Note: All program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

NUR 190: Students may opt to enroll in NUR 190◊ in the summer session and return for semester three and four.

See Special Requirements for Selective Admission Health programs section, which apply to the Nursing program.

LPN to Associate Degree Upward Mobility

(NUR.UWM.CERT)

Program Prerequisites listed above *

Additional Prerequisites: Illinois LPN license

Semester One

BIS 136 #Functional Human Anatomy I

4 credits

OR

BIS 240 #Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4 credits

 

BIS 137 #Functional Human Anatomy II

4 credits

OR

BIS 241 #Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4 credits

 

EDU 206 #Human Growth and Development

3 credits

NUR 146 #Pharmacology in Nursing I

1 credit

NUR 156 #Pharmacology in Nursing II

1 credit

NUR 185 #Transition From LPN to ADN Student

5 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

RHT 101 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

BIS 136◊ and BIS 137◊ may be substituted by BIS 240◊/BIS 241◊ sequence. Students must complete both courses within the same sequence.

NUR 185: Upon completion of NUR 185 (bridge course); LPNs will petition to receive credit for NUR 130, NUR 135, NUR 145◊, NUR 155NUR 146◊ and NUR 156◊. (NUR 146◊ and NUR 156◊ credit is pending completion of a State of Illinois approved pharmacology course or equivalent.)

*Students may be admitted pending completion of Introduction to Nursing Academics (NUR 105◊) with a "B" or better if they:

  • are admitted with pre-determined score on the pre-nursing admission test AND/OR
  • earned a "C" grade in the Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites.

Program Requirements:

Semester Three 15
Semester Four 18

Note: All program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

See NUR course descriptions.

See Humanities General Education requirements.

See Special Requirements for Selective Admission Health programs section, which apply to the Nursing program

Chairperson: Magdelin Enich, Ext. 3769

Gainful Employment

The information provided in the link below is available to assist students in making informed choices about their education and career.

http://www.triton.edu/GE_Certificates/NursingPracticalCertificate/51.3901-Gedt.html

For more information about Gainful Employment, visit the Triton College Financial Aid Office, located in the Student Center Building, Room B-160, or send an email to: finaid@triton.edu.