I just began my program at UT this summer and I've been using an Ipad 2 as my ONLY computer. I do have a laptop, but I just find it more convenient than a laptop. I'm able to use Blackboard, watch videos, type notes, take notes on Power Point, etc.
So far, here are my iPad necessities for Nursing School:
A Bluetooth Keyboard. This makes taking notes MUCH easier. Buy the Apple one.
Smartcover. Keeps it safe, stands it upright.
Pages. This app allows you to type up fantastic documents and notes.
Notify. This app allows me to import Powerpoints and take notes on them.
DropBox: This app stores all my files and is accessible from anywhere. I keep all my class docs on there.
Micromedex: Just a Pharm drug reference. Indespensible for clinicals.
Penultimate: In case I feel like taking written notes on the Ipad. But I use this rarely.
That's really it. I type all my notes on the ipad. I save all my files in DropBox. I even have most of my textbooks on the Ipad. People come rolling into class with huge backpacks and heavy laptops. All I have is an Ipad and a keyboard