- Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or Higher)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 10 or Higher)
- Adobe Flash Player (Version 10.0 or Higher)
- Apple QuickTime (Version 7 or Higher)
- Audacity (Version 2.0.3 or higher)
- Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or Higher)
- Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or Higher)
- Windows Media Player (Version 12 or Higher)
Minimum Technology Requirements
- PC: As a general guideline, students should not have computer specifications less than Intel® or AMD x86 processor running at 1.3GHz or faster and one of the following Operation Systems:
4 GB of RAM, at least 10GB of available hard-disk space for installation, 1024x576 display and a DVD-ROM drive are also required. Video hardware acceleration is optional.
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 and MSXML 6.0 (32-bit Office only)
- Windows Sever 2008 or later 32 or 64-bit OS.
- Mac: Dual Boot Only. As a general guideline, students should not have computer specifications less than an Intel processor, Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 1 GB of RAM and a DVD-ROM drive. Students should also have at least 10GB of hard-disk space available for installation and a 1280x800 display. Dual Boot Requirements: Boot camp required. Windows OS: Windows XP with SP 3 (32-bit; only possible with OS X 10.6.x and OS X 10.5.x), Windows 7 (64-bit required for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher), Windows Vista with SP 1 (only possible with OS X 10.6.x and OS X 10.5.x)Additional 20 GB HD Space required for Windows Partition.
- 56K or faster Internet connection is required for online courses, however broadband is strongly encouraged.
Web Browser Requirements:
Windows Users: Courses are best viewed using one of the two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.
Mac Users: Courses are best viewed using one of the two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.
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Dr. Jeanette Hartshorn
Dr. Jeanette C. Hartshorn received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas in Austin, a Master’s degree in Clinical Nursing from the University of South Carolina, a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Hartshorn has experience in teaching and the administration of educational programs at the BSN, MSN and Ph.D. levels.
Dr. Hartshorn has been actively involved in practice, providing care to adults who are diagnosed with Epilepsy. She has practiced in a nurse-managed clinic for over fifteen years, which includes the only known telemedicine clinic for treatment of patients with Epilepsy in the country. She has written three books and has published more than thirty peer reviewed articles. Her research interests include the role of advanced practice nurses and the use of telemedicine in clinical practice.
Dr. Sheila Marks
Dr. Marks earned her DNS in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from State University of New York at Buffalo and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of South Florida, Daemen College. She began her nursing career in Tampa, Florida, where she progressed from staff nurse to Nursing Administrator of the Hemodialysis unit. She later moved to Buffalo, where she returned to school to receive her Master’s and Doctorate. During that time, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Program Director of a Head Trauma Rehabilitation program. She was an international trainer for a functional independence measure used throughout the world.
Dr. Marks began her teaching career in Buffalo, NY and then relocated to Lakeland FL to teach at Florida Southern College, where she became program chair. She led the program to successful initial accreditation. Under her leadership, the Master’s program in Nursing was developed.
At South University, Dr. Marks worked with Priscila Bartolone of the West Palm Beach Campus to create the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. She also worked with the newly formed Tampa campus to develop and gain accreditation for their BSN program before deciding to work full time online.
Dr. John Distler
Dr. Distler earned his Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore and his Post Master’s certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. In addition, he obtained his Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of California at Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, his Master’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Dr. Distler is currently an Assistant Professor for South University Online. Previously, he was the Program Director at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program in Baltimore for seven years. He has been a Registered Nurse for thirty-one years with the last twenty years as a Family Nurse Practitioner working in family practice, emergency medicine and allergy, asthma and immunology.
Dr. Distler is a three-term Maryland State Representative for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and recipient of the Academy’s Health Policy Internship grant in 2005 and Astra Zeneca Asthma Grant in 2008. In 2006, Dr. Distler was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. An active member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Dr. Distler also sits as a member of the Education and Practice Committee and co-chair of the Faculty Development committee.
His research interests include the development of innovative advanced practice nurse teaching strategies, problem-based learning, clinical competence, and critical thinking and has presented and published in these areas.