JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU) and its nursing program has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022-2025 for its iNurse Initiative in the Accelerated BSN degree program. NJCU earned the designation following more than a decade of use of Apple technology by the university as a part of the initiative.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in learning, teaching, and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Jason Kroll, Acting President of NJCU said “This recognition from Apple is a testament to continuous innovation in learning and teaching by our faculty and students. Our Nursing Department continues to utilize technology to empower our students and enhance their learning. I am grateful to the work of Professor Kevin O’Neill and his team for their work throughout the application process.”

Dr. Kevin O’Neill, Associate Professor and architect of the iNurse Initiative notes that “The integration and use of iPad in the curriculum has been an integral part of student success in the Accelerated BSN program.”

Measures of success include improved note taking and study skills noted by students in surveys.

Through its iNurse Initiative, NJCU has included mobile technology in the Accelerated BSN program since the beginning of the program in 2007. This innovative decision by the nursing faculty was aimed at integrating technology into the curriculum to enhance teaching, learning and patient quality care.

The program has used Apple mobile devices since 2010, including the iPad. Each student receives an iPad and Apple Pencil. In addition to the Apple devices, students are provided with a faculty-curated suite of medical and nursing apps to help in their learning. Since then, technology tools used in the iNurse Initiative have expanded to include the use of MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, Apple TV, Keynote, Apple Books, and Microsoft Office apps for the iPad and Mac. NJCU’s faculty review the technology and apps in use in the program and evaluate new apps on a regular basis to enhance learning in the Accelerated BSN program. Most recently, the program transitioned to the current full-sized iPad and Apple Pencil based on learner and faculty input.

During the three-year designation, Apple Distinguished Schools will share their stories and successes with other educators to enhance learning opportunities for all and will host school visits in collaboration with Apple Education teams. NJCU’s nursing leaders will host these events to discuss the vision for their programs and will showcase how they use Apple products and digital content to create powerful teaching and learning experiences. As such, NJCU and its iNurse Initiative will continuously innovate and explore cutting-edge opportunities for using technology to design the future of education.