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Laptop Requirement

Beginning with the new students arriving in August 2016, Lakeview College of Nursing will require students to have a laptop.

Lakeview uses a testing platform called ATI (short for Assessment Technologies Institute) their technical requirements can be found here:  Please keep in mind that these are minimum requirements that can change, so buying a laptop that exceeds these requirements is a good idea. (These Technical Requirements mention an iPad and Android devices, but it has been our experience iPads and other tablets do NOT work on proctored ATI exams, so we are strongly recommending a laptop). If you have trouble with an ATI exam they have provided this Troubleshooting document.

Our learning management platform is called Edvance360.  The minimum requirements for this are Firefox or Internet Explorer with Javascript enabled, the latest Adobe Flash Player and, in order to open PDFs, Adobe Reader.

Although not required, Microsoft Office is recommended. Many classes require papers written in a word processing program like Microsoft Word. In some cases your courses require you to create a PowerPoint presentation as well. Microsoft Office 2016 Pro is available in the computer labs (one located on each campus). Microsoft offers Office 365 free to students at this page:

A personal printer is recommended for ease of printing from home. Printers are also available in the labs on campus. Printing is limited to 1000 pages per semester. Once this page limit is exceeded, students are charged 5 cents per page. 

Wireless printing

You can now print from your own devices while connected to the Lakeview College of Nursing wireless network. This works with Windows and Mac laptops and with Apple and Android phones and tablets, as well as with Chromebooks. The links below will only work when you are connected to the LCN wireless network.

If you are on the Danville campus, click this link:


If you are on the Charleston campus, click this link:


These pages will provide simple instructions and a link to download the application, if required for your device. During the setup, you’ll need to provide your LCN username and password. You will be able to choose from a list of available printers. The list may contain devices such as a faculty printer, but although these printers may show in the list, students will not be able to send print jobs to them.

In Danville, you may use the two computer lab printers and the library copier.

In Charleston, you may use the two computer lab printers and the printer in room 400 (the conference room at the end of the main hallway).

Note that pages you print from your own device(s) still count toward your semester page balance.

E-Mail Accounts

All Lakeview College of Nursing students are assigned an e-mail account upon entry into the College. E-mail should be accessed through the Lakeview College of Nursing web site, Simply click on "My E-mail" in the uppermost menu. For the Login ID, use your first initial and last name, all in lower case (e.g. jdoe for Jane Doe). For the password, use the letters "lcn" followed by the last six digits of your social security number.

Please note: This e-mail account, while similar to the E-mail function that is included in Edvance360 for on-line courses, is a separate account. Once you have logged into your e-mail account, you can change the password to something of your own choice.  A link for changing your password is available on the mail login page.  Please note that this same password is used for Edvance360, SONIS, to access protected library resources from off-campus, and to log into the computers in the computer labs.

Please be aware that e-mail through this account will be the primary communication mode from faculty to students. If you have any trouble with the system, please notify IT Coordinator, 217-709-0927.

Alumni are allowed to keep their Lakeview email accounts for up to a year after graduation. After a period of one year you will be sent a warning message that your account will be suspended on a given date. Please have all important emails moved to a secondary email account by that time and update your SONIS alumni record to reflect your preferred email address.

Computer Labs

On each campus there is a Windows computer lab available for student use. The computers have Office 2016 Professional installed along with the most current version of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome.

Printing in the lab is available when you log in with your assigned username and password. Each student is given 1000 pages of printing each semester. If in a given semester a student uses more than the 1000 page allotment, a negative balance begins to show on their account. At the end of the semester any negative balances are placed on the SONIS account to be paid to the Student Account Specialist (the cost is 5 cents a page).

Wireless Internet Access

Lakeview College of Nursing wireless networking available in Danville and Charleston.  In order to use the service you will need your own laptop computer or other device and it will need to have a built-in wireless networking support, or else you will need to install a wireless network card, which is not provided by Lakeview. You should also have a charged battery; electrical outlets are available but limited.

No special encryption settings, user names, or passwords are required.

Printers are only available in the computer lab, so you will need to email documents to yourself or use a flash drive to save and print documents there.

You must have up to date anti-virus protection. It is solely the responsibility of the wireless device owner/user to provide anti-virus protection, and to configure their laptop settings to provide the appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the building and the internet itself. Lakeview College of Nursing cannot and will not take responsibility for damages incurred for incorrect, insufficient or incomplete security settings; or lack of adequate or up-to-date virus protection. Wireless users assume all risks in this regard.

EIU Campus Wireless Internet Access

More information on the EIU Campus Wireless Internet Access through the EIU website,


SONIS - Student Information System

SONIS allows users to:

  • View and update biographical data
  • View schedules
  • View Student Billing Account
  • View course semester grades
  • Complete end of the semester evaluations
  • View Financial Aid Award Letters
  • View health record information
  • View an unofficial transcript

Accessing SONIS

  1. Click on the link in the uppermost menu on this website called "SONIS"
  2. Click on the menu link labeled for "Students"
  3. Enter your LCN username (this is the beginning of your email address -- if your email address is, your username is jdoe)
  4. Password: is the same as your LCN email password (by default, that is "lcn" followed by the last 6 digits of your SSN)


Text messages

  1. cellphone.pngLog into SONIS
  2. In the uppermost menu click on Update Bio
  3. Put your Cell Phone number in the Cell Phone field, then in the drop down select your Provider
  4. Check the "Text Me Flag" box.
  5. Submit this change to your Bio record

Now you will receive text messages from the system. Text messages may be sent in the event of a snow day or emergency. Standard text message rates do apply. If you do not see your provider in the drop down please let Miranda Shake know.