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Software & Computer Requirements for Nursing Students

Software

Windows (PC)

Mac

Non-dependent

MS Office 2013 - 2016

  • This includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint although you may not be required to use Excel

MS Office for Mac 2011- 2016

Office 365

QuickTime

Standard on Mac

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF Reader)

  • Many of the documents shared with students are in pdf format. You will need this software to download and read these documents. The program can be downloaded for free at: http://www.adobe.com

Standard on Mac

 

Hardware

If you plan to purchase a new computer, please take this information with you and show it to the person who will be helping you.

 

Windows (PC)

Mac

Tablets

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows 7® or Higher

Apple Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks™) or Higher

IPad - 3rd Generation or higher
Hardware

Memory: 4 GB RAM, minimum free hard drive space 10 GB.

 

Where to find this information on your computer

 
 

Windows (PC)

Mac

 
 

· Go to the “Start” menu in the lower left corner & click on “My Computer”

· At the top of the column to the left click on “view system information”

· On the “general” tab, you will find system & processor. Close that window.

· On the “My Computer” screen that is still open, right click on “Local Disk (C:) & click on “Properties”. Here you will find the total disk space available/used.

· In the upper left hand corner, click on the apple icon.

· Click on “About this Mac”. Here you will see the OS version, processor, and memory.

· For available disk space, open finder and right click on your Macintosh HD.  Then click “Get Info” you should see Capacity, Available and Used.

 

Web browser

Mozilla Firefox(most recent version) – required for using Moodle.

Free download at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html

You can continue to use Internet Explorer or other browser for personal emails, but Firefox is necessary for Moodle.

 
     

Additional Requirements for Undergraduate Students:

  • Scanner to be able to scan and email documents to CON staff and faculty as needed

Additional Requirements for Graduate Students:

PhD, MSN and DNP students

  • Built in Webcam and microphone (or attachable version)
  • Scanner to be able to scan and email documents to CON staff and faculty as needed

MSN and DNP Students

Handheld technology

Post-BSN MSN and DNP students are required to have a handheld device to use starting with Advanced Pharmacotherpeutics course and throughout the clinical experiences. If you are contemplating the purchase of a new handheld device (PDA or SmartPhone), please peruse the system requirements and hardware compatibility for the required software packages listed below that will be used during your program. Pay particular attention to the type of device (iPhone, Palm, etc.), the operating system (Palm, Windows, or Mac) and the memory.

Typhon clinical logsrequired to track patient data during your clinical experiences.  There is a one-time fee ($75) for this online software that Post-BSN MSN and DNP students will have access to when they begin your first clinical course and when Post-MSN DNP student begin their first Residency course.

AND

Lexi-Comp- Comprehensive clinical solutions software

http://www.lexi.com/

Lexi-Comp is required for NRDNP 842-Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (not required for Post-MSN DNP students).  Students can purchase a one-year lease to use for NRDNP 842 and can use Epocrates (below) for clinical courses taken after the pharm course, if they choose, or students can purchase a three-year lease for Lexi-Comp and continue to use it for clinical courses.

Guide to choosing a handheld device compatible with their software

http://webstore.lexi.com/s.nl/ctype.KB/it.I/id.244/KB.3231/.f

            Another option to use during clinical courses

Epocrates

http://www.epocrates.com/index.html

Product comparison including price

http://www.epocrates.com/products/comparison_table.html

Guide to choosing a handheld device compatible with their software

http://www.epocrates.com/gomobile/find-your-perfect-device.html#pda

EndNote and RefWorks

A Citation/Reference manager is recommended to manage your citation as well as assist with in-text citations and a reference list. The Library supports EndNote and RefWorks. During orientation, the Library will assist with downloading EndNote from OCIO https://sp.musc.edu/ocio-is/Pages/SoftwareDownloads.aspx to make sure you are able to retrieve full text articles.