I honestly can't remember what we needed a card for.
If they do it the same way they did it for us:
Primarily 90% of your books will be in a big boxed set, it will be at a several hundred $ discount and come with all the software you WILL need to complete assignments. Then there will be a couple extra books to purchase that are from a separate publisher. This will be all of your books for the program except maybe 1 or 2. The total cost was around $1350. For financial aid purchasers you will have to wait until 2 weeks before the term starts to purchase. Normally there is a $1000 limit per term and you have to pay out of pocket for the rest. Last year they allowed us to go up to $1200, so that may happen again, I don't know.
You'll also need to purchase your uniforms and patches, pretty cheap at the bookstore. Name badges can be purchased at the bookstore or any number of retailers publicly.
*all subject to change
My total expenditure last summer to get started, with all the things needed to purchase was around $2100. Books, uniforms, shoes, background check, liability insurance, physical, lab supplies, nursing tools, things I'm sure I can't remember right now.