Nursing

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, GPA 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
  • Score of four on college math, reading and writing placement tests
  • Acceptable scores on nursing pre-admission test*
  • Computer proficiency (word processing, email, Internet use) as evidenced by transcripts, employer documentation, student documentation or completion of CIS 100
  • COURSES -- All courses must be completed with grade of "C" or better

    One year high school level completed within five years of program entry or one semester college equivalent

    Algebra (MAT 055)

    Biology* (BIS 101◊)

    Chemistry* (CHM 110◊ or CHM 140◊)

    College Level — Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required for the three college-level course prerequisites. No substitutions.

    RHT 101

    PSY 100

    BIS 136◊ or BIS 240

BIS 136◊* or BIS 240◊* must be completed within five years of program entry. The five-year limit for biology and chemistry may be waived provided BIS 136◊ or BIS 240◊ is taken within five years of program entry. BIS 136◊ or BIS 240◊ may be taken concurrently with first semester nursing courses if entering program within eight months after high school completion. Students entering program within eight months of high school graduation need a minimum 2.5 GPA for Biology, Chemistry, RHT 101◊ and PSY 100◊.

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

  • are admitted based on established 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

Credit Hours

#

BIS 136

Functional Human Anatomy I or

 

#

BIS 240

Human Anatomy and Physiology I1

4

 

PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology

3

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric and Composition I

3

 

 

 

10

Semester One

#

EDU 206

Human Growth and Development

3

#

NUR 130

Promoting Adaptation I

4

#

NUR 135

Promoting Adaptation II

5

 

 

 

12

Semester Two

#

BIS 137

Functional Human Anatomy II or

 

#

BIS 241

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

#

NUR 145

Nursing Care of Individuals with Commonly Recurring Adaptation Problems I

 

5

#

NUR 146

Pharmacology in Nursing I

1

#

NUR 155

Nursing Care of Individuals with Commonly Recurring Adaptation Problems II2

 

5

#

NUR 156

Pharmacology in Nursing II

1

 

 

 

16

Summer Session3 (optional)

Semester Three

#

BIS 222

Principles of Microbiology

4

#

NUR 225

Promoting Adaptation: Chronic Health Problems

 

4

#

NUR 235

Promoting Adaptation: Psychosocial and Rehabilitation Problems

 

4

 

SOC 100

Introduction to Sociology

3

 

 

 

15

Semester Four

#

NUR 245

Promoting Adaptation: The Childbearing/Childrearing Family

 

4

#

NUR 255

Promoting Adaptation: Acute Health Problems

 

4

#

NUR 285

Professional Nursing Career Development

2

#

NUR 290

Leadership in the Management of Patient Care

 

2

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking

3

 

 

General education/Humanities

3

 

 

 

18

 

 

Total credits required for graduation with Associate’s degree

71

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

LPN Exit Option -- C317D
(NUR.EXT.CERT)

Program prerequisites

 

Pre-Admission Semester

10

Semester One

12

Semester Two

16

#

NUR 190

Preparation for the Practical Nurse Role

4

 

 

Total credits required for graduation with certificate

42

1BIS 136◊ and BIS 137◊ may be substituted by BIS 240◊/BIS 241◊ sequence. Students must complete both courses within the same sequence.

2NUR 155◊ meets the health/fitness general education requirement.

3Students may opt to enroll in NUR 190◊ in the summer session and return for semester three and four.

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

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

Credit Hours

#

BIS 136

Functional Human Anatomy I or

 

#

BIS 240

Human Anatomy and Physiology I1

4

#

BIS 137

Functional Human Anatomy II or

 

#

BIS 241

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

#

EDU 206

Human Growth and Development

3

#

NUR 146

Pharmacology in Nursing I4

1

#

NUR 156

Pharmacology in Nursing II4

1

#

NUR 185

Transition from LPN to AD Student5

5

 

PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology

3

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3

 

 

 

24

4LPNs who have completed State of Illinois approved pharmacology course or equivalent will petition to receive credit for NUR 146◊ and NUR 156◊ upon completion of NUR 185.

5LPNs will petition to receive credit for NUR 130, NUR 135, NUR 145◊, and NUR 155◊ upon completion of NUR 185.

*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

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: Carol Lynch, MSN, RN, Ext. 3430

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/NursingPractical_Certificate_C317D.html

For more information about Gainful Employment, visit the Triton College Financial Aid Office, located in the Student Center Building, Room B-216W, or send an Email to: finaid@triton.edu.