iPad Requirement

Nursing student with an iPad

iPad Requirement

Icon - a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something. At UC College of Nursing, we strive to be the iCoN for what innovative nursing education looks like. This exciting initiative changes the way you, as nursing students, are educated. This undertaking has involved changing the way content is delivered in the classroom, skills and simulation setting, and clinical setting. The iPad facilitates content generation, collaboration and communication both online and onsite for both students and faculty. This initiative is based on efforts to improve learning outcomes and, ultimately, allow you to be prepared as a better nurse.

Based on its functionality, size and price point, the College of Nursing requires the iPad Mini 4 with 64GB of storage as the standardized device for incoming 2016 BSN students.


Quit breaking your bank, and your back: The CoN is lightening the load a bit.

In the past, a percentage of student fees covered student printing and computing. With iPads, you won’t need to print binders of PowerPoint slides. So we’re repurposing those funds – as a BSN student, you will receive $170 worth of nursing reference books that were required texts in the past. In addition, we’ll provide you with approximately $100 worth of interactive apps that you’ll be able to download to your iPad.

And while we allow you to decide which textbooks to purchase, you’ll now have the option to purchase or lease eTexts, which can result in significant savings in textbooks.

Please note that some faculty members may require eText for their courses. We recommend you consult your instructor and syllabus for each course before moving forward with your purchases.

Just like textbooks, iPads qualify for financial aid funding.

And what about your back?

An iPad lessens how much you haul around each day, so the daily walk to class won’t leave you winded, as if you just finished a sprint around a track. The average student backpack in college is 20-25 pounds, while an iPad mini comes in at a delicate, portable 0.73 pounds.

iLearn + They Learn = We Learn

Remember when your parents first tried texting … or worse, social media? #struggle

At the College of Nursing, we have been proactive in closing the generational technology gap. Our faculty members have been and continue to be intensely trained in using and teaching with iPads and other technology to ensure their expertise leads to your educational success.

Don’t panic either, non-tech savvy students:
CATER, ID and iCoN Ambassadors will provide iPad training at orientation and will offer training sessions throughout the semester. Further information will be provided once you are admitted to the program.

For those of your purchasing an iPad for the first time, we’ll also be sending you step-by-step instructions to set-up your iPad so that you’ll be ready to go for orientation.


While we love iPads here at the college, we don’t want yours back:

Since you are purchasing the iPad directly, it is yours. Think of it as an investment in your career. As you progress in your chosen profession, you will notice that many of the interprofessional team will be leveraging technology to guide health care.

We are working with clinical sites to incorporate iPads in real-world practice to improve on the job skills. Using technology for patient education is the way of the future. We are preparing nursing leaders by granting you a cutting-edge opportunity that allows you to graduate ready to embrace technology in the healthcare setting.

We are building a community of nursing leaders. We are excited that you are part of this and look forward to the day when you can say, as a result of your nursing education…iSaveLives.


If you have additional questions, email caterhelp@uc.edu or call (513)558-5205.