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Nursing, Associate in Applied Science

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

(Total Program Credits: 60)

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. Candidates for the 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.

Admission is determined by a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and higher, along with TEAS score of 58% and higher. Candidates are required to meet health requirements and criminal background check with no findings, a negative alcohol breath testing and drug screening requirements prior to entry into the clinical setting. Students with a positive background check that include any disqualifying conditions, as defined by Federal and State law will not be allowed to enter the program (TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH). Candidates are also required to have a current CPR certification and Health Insurance.

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.

Due to the complexity of our individual instruction, specialized technology, and clinical experiences, nursing courses have a higher tuition rate and fees. All students must complete all coursework with a grade of "C" or higher. Attendance to the Nursing Information Session is highly encouraged.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  • integrate acquired knowledge and skills necessary to systematically and independently develop a patient centered plan of care based on evidence-based outcomes to a diverse patient population;
  • incorporate the patient, family or support person’s preferences, values, and needs when developing and providing care.to a diverse population;
  • independently utilize clinical reasoning and nursing judgment when developing and implementing an evidence-based plan of patient care to a diverse population;
  • collaborate and coordinate with the health care team, patient, family and support persons in planning and providing care to diverse populations while fostering respect and dignity;
  • independently utilize and evaluates effective communication with diverse patient populations and healthcare members to provide patient centered care;
  • evaluate quality improvement processes to improve patient care outcomes to a diverse population;
  • independently utilize information and patient care technology to support patient care decision making and ensure effective communication;
  • minimize risk of harm to a diverse patient population and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance; and
  • demonstrate professional, legal, and ethical behaviors as a member of multidisciplinary teams, through a practice of caring, competent, patient-centered nursing in conformance with the Illinois's Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act and the ANA Code for Nurses.

Program prerequisites:

  • RHT 101◊#, Freshman Rhetoric and Composition;
  • Algebra (completion of MAT 085 or MAT 170◊ or successful placement scores permitting entrance into MAT 110◊, MAT 111◊, MAT 114◊, MAT 124◊ or MAT 131◊);
  • Certified Nursing Assistant - Required
  • Chemistry (CHM 110◊ or CHM 140◊);
  • BIS 240◊#, Human Anatomy & Physiology I;
  • BIS 241◊#, Human Anatomy & Physiology II;
  • PSY 100◊, Introduction to Psychology; and
  • completion of a nursing pre-admission test (must be within the last two years).

 All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Math and Science prerequisites must not be more than five years old from the first day of the program.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Pre-Admission Courses for LPNs


Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 109Drug Calculations

1 credit

BIS 222Principles of Microbiology #

4 credits

BIS 240Human Anatomy & Physiology I #

4 credits

BIS 241Human Anatomy & Physiology II #

4 credits

BIS 242Introduction to Human Pathophysiology #

3 credits

EDU 206Human Growth and Development #

3 credits

NUR 106Nursing Concepts and Practice #

1 credit hour

Note: (BIS 222, BIS 240, BIS 241, BIS 242 and  EDU 206 are to be completed prior to entering 2nd semester.)

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 109Drug Calculations

1 credit

BIS 222Principles of Microbiology #

4 credits

BIS 242Introduction to Human Pathophysiology #

3 credits

NUR 106Nursing Concepts and Practice #

1 credit hour

NUR 107Introduction to Nursing Roles #

3 credits

NUR 108Nursing Roles Clinical #

1 credit

NUR 109Physical Assessment #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Optional LPN-RN Bridge Program Entering 2nd Semester. (For students with an untarnished Illinois LPN License only.)

Upon successful completion of the Program Prerequisites and Pre-Admission courses, LPNs must petition to receive credit for NUR 107, NUR 108, NUR 109, AHL 112, NUR 113, NUR 117, NUR 208, NUR 211, NUR 214. Total 16 credits.

Once criteria is met, LPNs can progress to Semester Two.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 112Pharmacology and Drug Administration #

3 credit hours

EDU 206Human Growth and Development #

3 credits

NUR 111Adult Health Concepts I #

3 credits

NUR 113Adult Health Clinical I #

1 credit

NUR 116Adult Health Concepts II #

3 credits

NUR 117Adult Health Clinical II #

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Three: Summer

Course NumberTitleCredits
RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Note: Grade of ‘C’ or high is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102. Students must complete RHT 101, with SPE 101, or RHT 101 with RHT 102. Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101, RHT 102 and SPE 101 to meet university requirements.

Semester Four: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
NUR 207Mental Health Concepts #

2 credits

NUR 208Mental Health Clinical #

1 credit

NUR 209Maternal Child #

2 credits

NUR 211Maternal Child Clinical #

1 credit

NUR 213Pediatric Health Concepts #

2 credits

NUR 214Pediatric Concepts Clinical #

1 credit

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Five: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
AHL 202Comprehensive Medical Ethics

3 credits

NUR 215Adult Health Concepts III #

4 credits

NUR 216Adult Health Clinical III #

1 credit

NUR 217Leadership and Role Transition Concepts #

2 credits

NUR 218Leadership and Role Transition Concepts Clinical #

1 credit

NUR 219Exit Seminar #

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:12

Graduation Requirements:

Course NumberTitleCredits

General education

AAS degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15

Total semester hours for program required courses program specific electives and other electives toward the AAS Degree in Nursing

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:45

General education Associate in Applied Science requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Two courses (six semester hours). Department choice of RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊ or RHT 101◊ with SPE 101◊. If transferring, it is suggested to take all three courses.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities or Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours are required for graduation; department choice whether courses are taken from each discipline or two courses from same discipline, to include one approved Human Diversity course.
  • Mathematics or Physical or Life Science: One course (three semester hours); review specific program requirements for your selected curriculum.
Course NumberTitleCredits

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

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: Geri Brewer, Ext. 3900