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Nursing Program Technology Requirements

During enrollment in the College of Nursing (CON), students complete assignments that require computing skills. In order to be successful, students must seek extra training on weak computing skills before the start of the program.

A laptop computer is required at the College of Nursing and must meet the College of Nursing technology requirements.

The MUSC campus supports both PC (Windows) and Macintosh systems. Our multimedia content is optimized for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Students can use an iPad for much of the work in the College of Nursing, but not everything; If you choose to use an iPad for majority of functions at CON, you can request a loan of a laptop for ATI testing from Library. (Reserve Here)

Access to broadband (Cable or DSL) connections is necessary. Online students will need a VGA or better web camera, headset and microphone.

A scanner is also required, please ensure that your computer has all the required hardware and software prior to orientation.  IT staff will be available at specific times during new student orientation to help you get your laptop ready for classes. 

During the program, students will be required to demonstrate use of:

  • Electronic mail and the Internet
  • Word processing including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, managing files
  • Conduct a library search
  • Retrieve clinical information on a specific patient
  • Use audiovisual materials in a presentation, presentation graphics
  • Use a spreadsheet to enter and manipulate data
  • A scanner, laptop, printer, and fax machine

Internet access via computer for communication. The nursing program is committed to dissemination of information through electronic media. Students must have access to a computer configured to use online network transmissions for electronic mail and the Internet. Students will be held accountable for information from faculty/staff disseminated via official MUSC e-mail.

Moodle orientation

Moodle is the learning management system used for both hybrid and online courses. Student orientation courses, one for undergraduate students and the other for graduate students, were created to help students learn the specific functions within Moodle that are necessary for success in the hybrid undergraduate or online graduate courses. Completion of the Moodle orientation course is required of all new CON students. The orientation course is available approximately one month prior to classes starting. Students will complete the course prior to the published class start date. Students who do not comply will have their access blocked from all Moodle courses.

To find Moodle courses including the orientation course, students should log into and sign in using the MUSC login and password. A link to Moodle can also be found on the CON website under Quick Links and on the MUSC Library home page. Staff from the Nursing Technology Center (NTC) will be available during Undergraduate and Graduate orientation or PhD Residency to answer questions.

Software standards for the University

Software standards ensure access for students, residents, fellows, and faculty to the University’s education and information resources, as well as enhance communications and sharing of documents. The software standards are defined by the University Education Infrastructure Committee. Many software programs and mobile applications are available through the CON Library website.

Minimum Computer Standards

Although users may choose other software applications, they will not be supported. Please visit this link for required software and hardware applications.

•Students are to make sure that their computer(s) meet the CON Minimum requirements located here. (If they are unsure or need help determining if they meet these requirements, a one-time appointment may be scheduled with NTC staff.

•Any student needing assistance with their laptop will be helped with any issue(s) related to school functions (i.e. Examsoft, Microsoft Office, Endnote, etc.).

•Any student who does not meet requirements will be assisted the first-time an issue occurs. If NTC staff determines that the issue is due to the student's computer not meeting policy requirements, this will be noted, the student will be responsible for upgrading or fixing the compliance issues immediately, and NO additional support will be provided by NTC. NTC may make a recommendation to help the student become compliant.

•NTC will no longer have any laptops to loan out due to a student’s computer not meeting requirements.

•If a student’s computer has been evaluated by NTC staff and it was in compliance with policy and an issue arises beyond the student’s control, NTC staff will ensure a way for the student to take a computer-based test.