FAQ - Bring Your Own Device

Why do I need to have my own computer device?

Technology has become an essential part of nursing education. To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, this requirement allows you to utilize technology effectively. New students starting classes in August of 2013 will be required to bring their own wireless computing device to school for use in classes and clinical settings.

How can I afford my own device?

The Financial Aid Office will adjust the student's cost of attendance, up to $2,500, for the purchase of computer/software/printer/warranties. The purchase must be made in the student’s name. Purchases made on a parent’s credit card cannot be accepted for a cost of attendance adjustment. Students should contact the financial aid office before purchasing items beyond basic College of Nursing requirements. Students must document the purchase/cost of the computer by providing a receipt of purchase dated after July 1, 2013. Students are required to submit this purchase/cost documentation using the Financial Aid Office Special Circumstances Form. Students will be offered additional student loan funds to fund the reimbursement cost of the computer. The loan funds will not be provided to 'purchase' the computer--the loan funds will be provided to 'reimburse' the student for the purchase. If you have additional questions please contact the financial aid office at 402-559-8086 or Student Services.

What kind of computer should I buy?

While we do not recommend specific models or devices, we strongly encourage you to buy a device that meets the College of Nursing Computer requirements. Meeting the requirements ensures you have the greatest possible experience and access to the educational resources. Examples of how these devices will be utilized include but are not limited to taking class exams, notes, conducting literature review, and accessing class presentations and e-books. You will want to choose a device that works best for you.
Recommended Specifications for Student Devices

Can my BYOD be a mobile device, such as a cell phone?

Although Mobile Devices are extremely convenient, and can do many functions that will be needed for classroom activities and assignment, at this time, they are not compatible with testing. You are, however, welcome to use a mobile device to supplement your experiences. You will not be able to use a mobile device alone as a “BYOD”.

How do I get my computer fixed if it is broken?

You will be responsible for maintaining and repairing any device that you bring to school.

How do I connect to Wifi-access?

Students from CON-Omaha and CON-Lincoln must contact UNMC HelpDesk (ITS). Call 402-559-7700 or email helpdesk@unmc.edu. Students from CON-Norfolk, CON-Scottsbluff, and CON-Kearney must contact the respective campus’s LRC Support staff.

What if my computer is lost, damaged or stolen on campus?

The UNMC College of Nursing is not liable for damaged, lost, or stolen devices. All students must adhere to the UNMC policy 6051 -Computer Use/Electronic Information  and UNMC policy 6081 -Social Media. When students use technology inappropriately while on the school network, the same consequences apply, regardless of who owns the device.

Do I need to have Microsoft Outlook?

Although Microsoft Exchange is the email server, and its associated client application is Microsoft Outlook, it is not necessary to have Microsoft Outlook configured to receive email. You will, in most cases, be able to access your email from its web interface. (Many of the present students access their UNMC email via their smart phones or smart devices. The Help Desk can assist you in this setup, call 402-559-7700).

How do I charge up my device?

Charging stations are now available at the library front desk and in front of the Sorrell convenience store. Most mobile devices supported. The university cannot guarantee enough electrical outlets will be available in all classrooms. Be sure to have your computer fully charged when going into a class.

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