Ivy Tech Muncie/Henry County to Provide iPad Airs to Nursing Students

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On January 16, 2024, Ivy Tech Muncie/Henry County rolled out the second phase of their Apple initiative on campus. Through a grant opportunity, the campus was able to provide iPad Airs, Apple Pencils, and Logitech Combo Touch keyboards and cases to nursing students. The iPad Airs will be used by the students throughout their time in the program, providing them withIvy Tech experience on industry-standard tools.

“The Muncie/Henry County campus purchased 200-plus total devices for use within the nursing department to help faculty and students explore new ways to use technology in their courses and sim labs,” said Amanda Gowin, academic affairs assistant for nursing.

“The iPad initiative for our nursing program helps prepare our students for technology that they will use in their nursing careers,” said Teresa Kelly, executive director of curriculum and instructional practice. “This is an amazing opportunity for Ivy Techour students to be some of the best-trained nurses in our area.”

Local health care providers rely on their employees understanding and knowing how to use innovative, handheld technology to complete their work. Providing the students with this technology before they enter the workforce gives them the hands-on experience they need to stand out to future employers.

“By providing our students with the same tools that they will be using in the field, we are preparing students to onboard with their future employers and increase retention in the workplace,” said Emery Peck, vice chancellor for academics, innovation, operations and strategy.

Providing faculty and students with a common platform allows for a seamless learning environment. If a student encounters a problem, faculty will be able to assist in finding a solution as they are using the same device and software as the student. Assisting students in learning, adapting and using the devices and software they will encounter after graduation supports their success into the future.

While each iPad is on loan from Ivy Tech, the students will use them throughout their time in the nursing program, removing the barrier of cost that students can experience with technology fees. Ivy Tech

“I think it’s great Ivy Tech is helping us get technology that we might not otherwise have access to, particularly for the students with lower budgets,” said Doug Zumbrun, nursing student.

To learn more about the school of nursing at Ivy Tech Community College Muncie/Henry County, visit online at ivytech.edu/muncie or apply today at ivytech.edu/applynow. If you would like to discuss this or any other program, email askmuncie@ivytech.edu.

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