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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Nursing

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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How to Apply

           
           
The A.A.S. degree program in  Nursing prepares students through the study of nursing theory and patient care techniques to take the licensure examination for Registered Professional Nurses (RN). Both classroom instruction and clinical experiences in Chicago and surrounding suburban area hospitals and primary care facilities are provided. The curriculum is designed to lead the student to employment as a Registered Professional Nurse in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, schools, public health, government, and military, or industry.                   
                      
Admission Requirements for the Nursing Program:                     
  • Acceptance into the Nursing Program is competitive and requires prior admission to CCC as well as a separate admissions process.       
  • Nursing Pre-requisites can be completed at any one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago.                     
  • Proof of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate is required at the time of application to the Nursing program.                
 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

239

Funding Options

 

Career Possibilities

Courses

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Prerequisites

16 CH

​All prerequisite courses (4) must be completed prior to the posted online application deadline. Prerequisite courses (4) include:                

English 101 with a "C" or higher

Biology 121 with a "C" or higher

Chemistry 121 with a "C" or higher

Math 118 OR Math 125 with a "C" or higher             

Biology
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Chemistry
CHEM 121
Basic Chemistry I 4
Principles of general inorganic chemistry, including properties of matter, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of stoichiometry, interpretation of the periodic table, nomenclature and introduction to solution chemistry and commonly used concentration units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and eligibility for Math 118 or higher or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving real life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. A maximum of four of the following topics is studied in depth: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers is strongly encouraged. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of Math 99 with a C or better, or ALEKS 46+, or COMPASS ALGEBRA 43+ AND College ALGEBRA 1-50, or ACT Math 21+, or SAT Math 500+, or Consent of department.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
MATH 125-1
Introductory Statistics 4
Basic descriptive statistics including frequency distributions, mode, mean and standard deviation. Permutations, combinations, probability rules and Bayes Theorem. Binomial and normal distributions. Basic inferential statistics including sampling theory, confidence intervals for means and proportions, test of hypotheses. Chi-square distribution. Introduction to correlation and regression. Includes at least one hour per week using computers in statistical application. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99; or COMPASS PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99), ALGEBRA (43-99), and College ALGEBRA (1-50); or ACT Math (min. 21); or SAT Math (min. 500); or ALGEBRA Placement Test Waiver, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program General Requirements

  CH

Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.                 

Program Core Requirements

53 CH

​The following Nursing courses are divided into four semesters:                 

Semester 1: Nursing 101                 

Semester 2: Nursing 102                 

Semester 3: Nursing 210, 211                 

Semester 4: Nursing 212, 213, 203                 

Biology
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Microbiology
MCROBIO 233
General Microbiology 4
Morphology, physiology, classification and culture of bacteria and related organisms. The role of bacteria related to human welfare and to plants and animals. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated eight credit hours will be counted towards graduation.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Nursing
NURSING 101
Fundamentals of Nursing 7
This course is an introduction to the nursing profession and patient-centered care. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality care to culturally diverse communities. Concepts of focus are communication, safety and professionalism. The theoretical foundation for health assessment and nursing skills is presented and the student is given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a laboratory setting. An introduction to the nursing process provides a decision-making framework to assist students in developing effective decision-making skills. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed from the State of Illinois as stated in the Nurse Practice Act, IL 1300.340 Approval of Programs sub section F Curriculum and instruction. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of English 101, Biology 121, Chemistry 121 or higher-level chemistry, Math 118 or higher General Education Math, and Admission to the City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing Program.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
NURSING 102
Introduction to Medical-Surgical 7
This course focuses on the care of adult patients with one primary comorbidity that requires medical and / or surgical intervention. Emphasis is placed on the care of patient and their families. Concepts of patient-centered care, communication, professionalism, cultural sensitivity, safe practice, teamwork and collaboration and informatics are integrated throughout the course. More complex health assessment and nursing skills are presented and students practice and demonstrate theses skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. Clinical experiences provide students an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe patient care to adults in acute care settings. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed from the State of Illinois as stated in the Nurse Practice Act, IL 1300.340 Approval of Programs sub section F Curriculum and instruction. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of this course.
Prerequisites:Admission to the City Colleges of Chicago Nursing Program and successful completion of Nursing 101 with a C or better.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
NURSING 203
Nursing Leadership 3
This course facilitates the transition of the student into the role of a professional nurse. Previously learned concepts continue to be emphasized along with evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and leadership. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues, appreciation of human diversity, cultural competence and management concepts. Principles of delegation and conflict management will be emphasized. Strategies to guide personal and professional development will guide short term and long term career goals. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibilities. Standards of practice and the significance of functioning according to the state regulations and statutes are analyzed. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed from the State of Illinois as stated in the Nurse Practice Act, IL 1300.340 Approval of Programs sub section F Curriculum and instruction. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of this course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Nursing 210 and Nursing 211.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Wilbur Wright
NURSING 210
Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing 6
This course focuses on the care of adult patients with multiple comorbidities who require medical and/or surgical interventions. Emphasis is placed on helping patients, their families, and groups cope with alterations in body functions. Concepts focused upon in previous courses continue to be emphasized along with teamwork and collaboration, informatics, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. More complex health assessment and nursing skills are presented and students practice and demonstrate these skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. Clinical experiences provide the student with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe care to one or two clients and selected groups in a variety of settings. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed from the State of Illinois as stated in the Nurse Practice Act, IL 1300.340 Approval of Programs sub section F Curriculum and instruction. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Nursing 102, Biology 227, Microbiology 233; for LPN Bridge Students Nursing 140.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Wilbur Wright
NURSING 211
Maternal-Newborn/Mental Health 6
This course focuses on two clinical areas; the childbearing family as well as patients, families and groups who are experiencing cognitive, mental and behavioral disorders. In relation to the childbearing family an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of mothers and newborns is promoted. Emphasis is placed on normal and high-risk pregnancies, normal growth and development, family dynamics and the promotion of health behaviors in the patients. In relation to patients, families and groups who are experiencing cognitive, mental and behavioral disorders emphasis is placed on management of those facing physical and psychological stressors as well as promoting and maintaining the mental health of individuals and families. Concepts of crisis intervention, therapeutic communication, anger management and coping skills are integrated throughout the course. The community as a site for care and support services is addressed. Health assessment and nursing skills continue to be presented and students practice and demonstrate these skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe, quality, evidence-based patient care in selected settings. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed from the State of Illinois as stated in the Nurse Practice Act, IL 1300.340 Approval of Programs sub section F Curriculum and instruction. Written assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of this course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Nursing 102, Biology 227, Microbiology 233; for LPN bridge students Nursing 140.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Wilbur Wright
NURSING 212
Pediatric/Gerontologic Nursing 6
This course focuses on two clinical areas: the childrearing family as well as older adult patients, families, and groups who are experiencing age-related changes. In relation to the childrearing family an integrative, family-centered approach is promoted in the care of children. Emphasis is placed on normal growth and development, family dynamics, common pediatric disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviors in patients. In relation to the care of older adult patients the focus is on addressing their unique physiological and psychosocial needs in addition to the complex, multiple comorbidities. Emphasis is placed on collaborating with the interprofessional healthcare team to retain functional ability within home and residential settings. More complex health assessment and nursing skills continue to be presented and students practice and demonstrate these skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. Clinical experience provides the student with opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe, quality, evidence-based patient care in clinical settings. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed from the State of Illinois as stated in the Nurse Practice Act, IL 1300.340 Approval of Programs sub section F Curriculum and instruction. Writing assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of this course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Nursing 210 and Nursing 211.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Wilbur Wright
NURSING 213
Advanced Medical Surgical 6
This course focuses on advanced concepts of nursing care as they relate to adult patients with acute, complex, and multiple comorbidities. Previously learned concepts continue to be emphasized along with evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and leadership. Implementation of priority setting, clinical judgment and tenets of legal and ethical practice are integrated throughout the course. More complex health assessment and nursing skills continue to be presented and students practice and demonstrate these skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. Clinical experiences provide the student with an opportunity to apply theoretical concept and implement safe, quality, evidenced-based care to patients, families and groups in a variety of settings. Theoretical concepts and clinical nursing skills contained in this course are consistent with the skills standards developed from the State of Illinois as stated in the Nurse Practice Act, IL 1300.340 Approval of Programs sub section F Curriculum and instruction. Written assignments as appropriate to the discipline are a part of this course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Nursing 210 and 211.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Wilbur Wright

Additional Requirements

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Program Elective Requirements

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Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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