Technology Requirements

During enrollment in the College of Nursing (CON), students complete assignments that require computing skills. In order to be successful, it is encouraged students seek extra training on weaker 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's minimum technology requirements.

The MUSC campus supports both PC (Windows) and Macintosh (Apple) systems and offers campus wide wireless internet. Our multimedia content is optimized for Firefox and Chrome. 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 loaner laptop for ATI testing from the Library. (Reserve Here)

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

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 explain and assist you with system requirement questions or concerns. 

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

  • Electronic mail and the Internet
  • Document processing including the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and 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, and printer

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.

Brightspace Orientation

Brightspace 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 Brightspace that are necessary for success in both courses. Completion of the Brightspace orientation course is required of all new CON students. The orientation course is available approximately one month prior to classes starting and students will complete the course prior to the published class start date. Students who do not comply will have their access blocked from all Brightspace courses.

To find Brightspace courses including the orientation course, students should sign into Brightspace using the MUSC NetID and password. A link to Brightspace can also be found on the CON intranet 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 Library website.

Minimum Computer Standards

Although users may choose other software applications, only applications identified and listed under the software standards are supported. Please visit this link for required software and hardware applications.

  • Students are to make sure their computer(s) meet the minimum requirements located here. If you are unsure or need help determining if they meet these requirements, please reach out to the Nursing Technology Center and schedule an appointment.
  • The Nursing Technology Center will advise students on avenues to take on meeting the minimal standard, however, the technology center can not physically upgrade or alter personally owned student devices.
  • The Nursing Technology Center provides support to all students and welcomes the opportunity to assist.