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Computer Skills

Computers are used prominently in the Brookdale Nursing Program. As a student, you will use them in most of the health care facilities to retrieve information and chart medications on your patients. In addition, every course in the nursing program is CANVAS enhanced and the final exams for the nursing courses are administered on the computer. There are mandatory computer assignments in each course. Most importantly, the NCLEX (licensing) exam is computer-based.


It is important to note that there are computer expectations in the Brookdale nursing program:

  • Hospital-based systems. These can be accessed only on computers in the hospital. You will attend an orientation to this system at the facility where you are assigned to clinical. Look for this information about computer training in the mail prior to the start of the semester.
  • CANVAS. You can access the Brookdale on-line course management tool from any computer with Internet access. Note: You must be registered in the course to be able to access this.


Strategies for Success

  • If you do not possess basic computer skills take COMP 129 or a course that teaches you basic computer skills. It is important to know how to use web browsers and do a literature search on the Internet.
  • Plan time in the beginning of the semester for a hospital computer system orientation.
  • Create a central place for your log-on instructions and codes for each of the systems so that you can retrieve them easily.