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Essential Information

Below, you will find information essential to your program in the Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing, including help with the registration process, course information and writing services.

If you have additional questions, please contact your academic advisor or our office at

Registration, Course and Book List Information

Please review your student handbook for more information regarding program specific technology requirements.  The information listed below is primarily geared towards graduate students.

Review Computer Competencies

Free Required and Optional Software

  • Mozilla Firefox is required for the PC and Macintosh.  For detailed information, see here
  • Google Chrome is required for the PC and Macintosh. Allow pop-ups.
  • VLC Media Player is required. 
  • iTunes is optional. Most lectures may be downloaded as podcasts on an MP3 player, such as an iPod or iPhone. 
  • Adobe Reader is required. There is no need to purchase Adobe Acrobat. 
  • Adobe Flash Player is required. 
  • Java 
  • Endnote bibliography software is available from SLU.  The link will take you to the SLU Software Downloads Google site. You will need to log into the page with your SLU SLUNet 
  • Microsoft Office Suite is preferred/required.  Microsoft Office 2010 Suite (or later) is strongly preferred (see below) for sharing files and assignments with other students and faculty. If you have an older version of Office you may obtain a free license for Microsoft Office 365 from SLU.  Please click here for more information.
  • Proctor U is required for  proctored exams for master's students. Several nursing courses require that exams are proctored to assure the identity of the person taking the test and the security of the exam. There will be instructions in your courses. A webcam is required. The recommended camera resolution is 1280 x 720 (minimum resolution: 640 x 480). A webcam installed on a laptop computer may be adequate.

Additional Information 

  • Considerations for Government, Military, or VA Personnel: Many hospitals, all government offices, VA hospitals, and military bases/hospitals have blocked access to streaming media and other sites. This means that you will not be able to listen to lectures or, possibly, access your courses. You must have access to Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing courses outside of your employment or military bases.
  • Internet Connectivity: High speed/broadband (audio/video) cable service or DSL is recommended. Modem dial up and satellite can be problematic because of lower speed connections.
  • Smartphones and Tablets:  Mobile apps for tablets and smartphones are available for some of the products used for course content delivery such as Blackboard and Tegrity. Not all features are necessarily available in these apps or on mobile devices. All students should have access to a computer to complete their program of study.
Master's Students
    • Webcam instructions will be given in your courses for taking a proctored exam with Proctor U.
    • There may be times when course instructors need to hold a live video conference with students. This may be during beginning general orientation and in selected clinical courses.
    • Skype for Business: The link will take you to the Skype download page. Please click on the Licensed Client download link.
    • Webcam. The one you use for Proctor U will be fine.
    • Headset with microphone built in or phone ear buds with a microphone built in.
Ph.D. Students
    • Webcam: The webcam on a laptop may be adequate. For a desktop computer, we recommend Logitech products for better image and midrange in price. However, you cannot use external speakers and an external microphone. These need to be a single unit, headset or earbuds.
    • Headset with microphone built in or mobile phone ear buds with a microphone. Choose one that will be comfortable to wear for a few hours in class.
    • Skype for Business: The link will take you to the Skype download page. Please click on the Licensed Client download link.

Please have all necessary hardware, software including browser and plug-ins well in advance of the course. Also, test your computer capabilities and Internet access prior to enrolling in the course.