Technology for Students


The College of Nursing uses the Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet) to manage all clinical placements.

Access to a Computer

The nursing program makes extensive use of online and electronic resources. Students will be required to have regular access to a late model computer and a reliable high speed internet connection in order to be successful in the program. Nursing students are eligible for the Microsoft Student Advantage program which provides free access to full versions of Microsoft Office applications on a variety of devices.

Mobile Devices

Access to information on demand at point-of-care is becoming a key component of health care practice. Students will be required to have a mobile device for use in the undergraduate program.

Nursing Central

Nursing Central is the premier source of disease, drug and test information for nurses. It also includes a leading dictionary, literature searching and a study system. Get quick answers wherever you need them - on your mobile device or the web.

Virtual Lab

The College of Nursing Virtual Lab provides students with on demand access to hundreds of hours of streaming video on nursing related topics. Videos may be integrated into Blackboard course websites by instructors or students may wish to review the video library on the website in preparation for specific OSCEs or clinical placements.

USask Course Tools (Blackboard)

College of Nursing courses make extensive use of USask Course Tools. Blackboard is a full-featured and widely adopted learning management system. It provides an integrated set of tools to support online content delivery, learning communities and assessment. It can be used to deliver courses that are completely online or used to supplement a course that is delivered face-to-face.


Grammarly is a student centered tool that can proactively improve written work before it is submitted for grading. Grammarly is an automated proofreader that will help students with spelling, grammar, and citation management.

Please note that you may be required to create a new account this year. If needed please complete the instructions on following page.

Top Hat Audience Response System

Top Hat is a audience response system that professors use inside and outside of the classroom. Top Hat provides a lecture tool that tracks attendance, asks questions, features interactive slides, and manages classroom discussions.


ExamSoft is an exam delivery application that allows nursing students to complete exams electronically. The college introduced this platform in the 2014 - 2015 academic year for students in La Ronge, Île-à-la-Crosse, Yorkton and the Nurse Practitioner Program.

Examsoft is currently only used for Nurse Practioner courses during the 2020 - 2021 academic year.


The graduate seminar NURS 990 and most classes for the MN Nurse Practitioner Program will be delivered via WebEx, an industry leading web conferencing tool. There will be designated physical space in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert for students to attend these courses in person.  Students will also have the option to connect from their own home or work locations individually.