Mobile Device-Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

All enrolled nursing students are required to have a mobile device (PDA or Smartphone) prior to beginning nursing courses. Specific software must be purchased from the school’s selected vendor (as specified in individual nursing courses). Therefore, student mobile devices must be compatible with our selected vendors for required software. Specific vendor information is sent to students prior to the start of the first nursing course with details for ordering.

Students are responsible for the repair or replacement of their mobile device (PDA/Smartphone) if it is non-operational, lost or stolen. Since the device is required for clinical, the student may be able to borrow a program-owned one on a temporary basis through the Nursing Arts Lab and Clinical Placement Coordinator.

Mobile devices (PDAs/Smartphones) may be used in the clinical area only for retrieval of information relevant to patient care. Infection control precautions must be maintained when using the PDA in the patient care area. Additionally, confidentiality inherent in use of information technology applies.

The telephone and camera functions of the mobile device (PDA) may not be used during class, clinical or exam reviews and the sound must be silenced. Additionally, sending or receiving text messages is prohibited during class and clinical.


A web-based instructional course management system utilized by general education, clinical and theory courses. This communication tool offers on-line access to course syllabi, announcements, requirements, and readings. It enables students to submit assignments and participate in on-line discussions.

Skyscape® Software:

Skyscape® is a set of smartphone applications developed specifically for medical professionals. Compatible mobile devices include, iPhone, Blackberry, Palm OS 3.5 or higher, Palm Pre, Windows Pocket PC and Windows Mobile. In addition to the hard copy texts ordered on-line, there are some additional required textbooks to be loaded on student mobile devices. A Skyscape® bundle of these textbooks will be required for all students. The list is as follows:

  • Davis’s Drug Guide (mobile and webview)
  • Taber’s (mobile and webview)
  • Davis’s Comprehensive Lab & Diagnostic (mobile and webview)
  • Diseases and Disorders (mobile and webview)
  • Ackley’s Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care (mobile only)
  • Archimedes 360 (provided free with purchase)
  • Outlines in Clinical Medicine, RxDrugs and MedAlert (provided free with purchase)

Please note that the above list is subject to change. Students are given updated course requirements once they have been accepted at a scheduled Uniforms, Registration and More event.

MS Word Requirement:

MS Word from Microsoft is a processing program compatible with Windows & MAC. All enrolled students are required to have this program for completion of assignments utilizing the course management system, MOODLE.

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