Chemistry for Nursing Professionals – CHEM 108

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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 nursing applications. This course includes an independent hands-on microscale laboratory experience. Restricted to online students with an RN license pursuing a BSN.

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 RN to BSN online degree program. 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 Registered Nurses; it also conveys ways knowledge is acquired in natural science, and introduces some laboratory skills. Completion of CHEM 108 with a grade of C or higher is required for graduation from the RN to BSN online degree program. This course assumes basic knowledge of chemistry and therefore will require the RN licensure.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Describe structures and properties of atoms, ions, molecules, pure inorganic, organic, and biological substances and mixtures.
    2. Name inorganic and organic substances.
    3. Write chemical formulas and structures of inorganic, organic, and biological substances.
    4. Write balanced chemical equations for reactions of inorganic, organic, and biological substances.
    5. Identify energy and equilibrium effects in physical and chemical changes.
    6. Perform calculations with unit conversions, energy, mass/moles, gas laws, concentrations, and acidity.
    7. Identify the general structure, properties, function, and basic reactions of biological molecules.
    8. Analyze data to explain and critique experimental results.
    9. Write laboratory reports based on experimental data and analysis.
    10. Discuss the implications of the biblical worldview on the study of chemistry.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

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

Homework (8)

The student will complete homework assignments using the OWLv2 system. Each homework assignment will correspond to the weekly reading and instruction material covered in the course.

Labs (8)

The student will complete 1 lab exercise weekly. Grades are based on the quality of results, calculations, and written 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 (4)

A quiz will be given every other module/week for the textbook chapters covered that module/week. Quizzes will contain 25 questions that may be in the multiple-choice and/or fill-in-the-blank format. Students will have 45 minutes to complete each quiz. Two attempts will be allowed on each quiz.

Exams (4)

Exams will be given in every other module/week and will be cumulative over the material covered in the course. Exam questions may be in the true/false, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and/or matching format. Only 1 attempt will be allowed on each exam.