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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.

Writing tablets, iPads, and similar technology are not compatible with the software used in coursework evaluations. The MUSC campus supports both PC (Windows) and Macintosh systems and our multimedia content is optimized for Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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

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 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.