Best Apps for Health Science Students

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Best Apps for Health Science Students

There’s a huge trove of online resources for Health Science students. These mobile applications, for smartphones and tablets, are great resources for students from any of Samuel Merritt’s programs. Below is just a small sample of the thousands of excellent apps available for download.

Beyond mobile applications, remember to check common websites for uncommon content support! Youtube and Pinterest are excellent directories for Health Science resources.

App Name


Anesthesia Drugs

Reference Tool

Anesthesia Drugs: Handy tool for OR physcians and Nurse Anesthesiologists. Calculates drug dosages based on weight, for a wide range of anesthesia drugs. (iOS only)

Arterial Blood Gasses

Medical Calculator

Arterial Blood Gasses: A free medical calculator that allows users to analyze ABG’s, recommend FIO2, perform hemodynamic calculations, and determine drip rates for infusions. (iOS only)

BoardReview by PEPID, LLC

Test Prep

BoardReview: This portable review allows nursing students to study for the NCLEX-RN from their mobile devices. Contains 40 electronic review cards in Q&A format. (iOS and Android)

Dragon Dictation


Dragon Dictation: A well-reviewed voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking®. Users can easily dictate and instantly see text or email messages. (iOS and Android)


Cloud Storage

Dropbox: Allows cloud storage and sharing of photos, docs, and videos. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all desktop and mobile devices. (iOS and Android)


Reference Tool

Epocrates: A clinical reference tool that allows healthcare providers to review drug prescriptions and safety information for thousands of brand, generic, and OTC drugs; check for potentially harmful drug-drug interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time; identify pills by imprint code and physical characteristics; and perform dozens of calculations, such as BMI and GFR. (iOS and Android)


Cloud Storage

Evernote: Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Evernote lets you take notes, snap photos, create to-do lists, scan business cards, and record voice reminders. All uploads can be tagged for searchability. (iOS and Android)

Harriet Lane Handbook

Pediatric Reference

Harriet Lane Handbook: This pediatric care app covers dosages for children and immunization schedules. (iOS and Android)

Heart Murmur Pro

Cardiac Reference

Heart Murmur Pro: The Heart Sound Database: This app contains a collection of the common and uncommon heart sounds, for reference and study. (iOS and Android)

Med Mnemonics

Study Tool

Med Mnemonics: 1,796 acronyms, rhymes, and memory tricks on your mobile device, covering topics ranging from Anatomy and Biochemistry to Pharmacology and Surgery. (iOS and Android)


Medical Calculator

MedCalc: Easy access to complicated medical formulas, scores, scales and classifications. (iOS only)

Micromedex Drug Interactions

Rerference Tool

Micromedex Drug Interactions: With Drug Interactions, clinicians can check a patient’s entire medication list simultaneously for potentially harmful interactions and view severity ratings that range from contraindicated to minor. (iOS and Android)

MRSA eGuidelines

Reference Tool

MRSA eGuideline:  This app focuses on vancomycin dosing, drug information and how to deal with MRSA in infants. (iOS only)

NCSBN Learning Extenstion

Study Tool

NCSBN Learning Extension Medication Flashcards: This app provides a simpler way to master drug information as part of your NCLEX review. Thousands of drugs are grouped into manageable categories, all with common actions and effects. (iOS only)

Netter's Anatomy

Anatomy Reference and Study Tool

Netter’s Anatomy: Netter’s Anatomy provides a range of study and reference resources, including Netter’s Anatomy, Netter’s Advanced Head and Neck, Netter’s Musculoskeletal, Netter’s Histology and Netter’s Neuroscience. Flash cards make it easy to hone your skills anywhere, anytime. Learn at your own pace and test yourself in quiz mode. Each of the five versions is $39.99. (iOS and Android)

NurseTabs: Fundamentals


NurseTabs: Fundamentals: NurseTabs allows novice nurses and nursing students to access over 120 skills and procedures separated by topic areas. Users are presented with equipment they will need to perform the procedure and a step-by-step approach to performing the procedure safely. In addition, users will have access to basic information related to common subject matter learned in fundamentals courses to utilize in the clinical setting. (iOS and Android)

Pocket Lab Values

Reference Tool

Pocket Lab Values: Useful companion for health professionals, with access to over 320 common and uncommon lab values. (iOS and Android)

Psych Drugs

Reference Tool

Psych Drugs: Reference tool containing information on psychotropic medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety medications. (iOS and Android)

Skyscape Medical Resources

Reference Tool

Skyscape Medical Resources: A bundle of tools for nurses and nursing students. The free version includes comprehensive info on prescription drugs, a medical calculator by specialty, evidence-based clinical information on hundreds of diseases and symptom-related topics and timely content that nurses need to know on-the-go such as journal summaries, breaking clinical news and drug alerts. (iOS and Android)

america’s navy - anatomy study guide

Anatomy Reference and Study Tool

America’s Navy – Anatomy Study Guide: Features 3-D functionality that allows for an enhanced learning experience of the human anatomy, including interactive diagrams of the muscular system, vascular system, heart, skeletal system, skull, brain and more. It incorporates testing, note-taking and sharing functionalities. (iOS and Android)

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