Chemistry for Nursing Professionals – CHEM 108

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/16/2022

Course Description

A study of the basics of general and organic chemistry at an introductory level, including atomic structure, bonding, acids and bases, organic functional groups and selected organic reactions, with an emphasis on health science professional applications. This course includes an independent hands-on microscale laboratory experience.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides a foundational knowledge of chemistry for students in the health science fields. Its goal is to increase competency in analytical reasoning by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to provide a foundation in chemistry for health science professionals; it also conveys ways knowledge is acquired in natural science, and introduces some laboratory skills.

NOTE: Completion of CHEM 108 with a grade of C or higher is required for graduation from the RN to BSN and RT to BSRT online degree program.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will research an assigned topic and post a thread in the appropriate Discussions. Each thread must be at least 250 words, and each reply must be at least 150 words.

Homework Assignments (8)

The student will complete homework assignments using the McGraw-Hill CONNECT system. Each homework assignment will correspond to the weekly reading and instruction material covered in the course.

Lab Report Assignments (8)

The student will complete 1 lab exercise in each module. Grades are based on the quality of results, calculations, and interpretations of results. Completing every lab, including performing the “wet” experiment and submitting the report, is required to pass this course. In some labs, the student will also complete lab simulations and/or online activities. Each student must obtain data and answer questions in laboratory assignments individually, and the sharing of data or answers between students will be considered as academic dishonesty (plagiarism or cheating).

Quizzes (8)

A quiz will be given every Module: Week for the textbook chapters covered. Quizzes will contain 40 questions that may be in multiple-choice, true/false, and/or fill-in-the-blank format. Students will have 120 minutes to complete each quiz. Quizzes are limited to one attempt.