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Computer Requirements

Windows-based Computer Minimum Requirements

  • Windows 10
  • Intel i5 or i7 processor
  • 250 gigabyte hard drive or 256 Gbyte solid state drive
  • 8 Gbytes of RAM
  • Wireless: 802.11ac
  • Ethernet cable, Cat-5E or greater
  • Ethernet-to-USB adaptor, if necessary

 

Macbook or Macbook Air Minimum Requirements

  • macOS 10.13 or later
  • Intel i5 or i7 processor
  • 250 Gbyte hard drive or 256 Gbyte solid state drive
  • 8 Gbytes of RAM
  • Wireless: 802.11ac
  • Ethernet cable, Cat-5E or greater
  • Ethernet-to-USB (or Thunderbolt) adaptor (Macbook Air and newer MacBooks)

 

Additional Technology Requirements & Recommendations

  • Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (see SELL program before purchasing) (required)
  • Access to high-speed internet service (required)
  • Data backup system ( HIGHLY recommended)
    • 4 Terabyte or larger external backup drive
    • Auto backup software
      • Time Machine for Mac
      • There are many good back-up programs for Windows. Acronis True Image 2017 is well regarded. Rebit and NovaBackup Professional are also popular and generally well reviewed. While we recommend having a program to auto-backup your hard drive or solid state drive in the background. We do not formally provide support for any of them.
    • OR
      • Cloud-based automatic backup

 

Tablets

We encourage the use of tablets. Many students use them with success in all aspects of medical school. The Office of Academic Technology offers a list of suggested apps for your iPad to aid with learning and for general medical knowledge.

iPads can be used for ExamSoft and Blackboard Exams (the minimum required iOS for the iPad is 11.3). A Windows or MacOS laptop is required for in class NBME exams.

None of our examination programs work on Android tablets.