College of Health Professions Student Laptop Requirements

The College of Health Professions requires that all residential and distance students bring a laptop to campus for classes, labs and other activities. Students must bring to campus a laptop that meets or exceeds standards published by the College, designed to ensure capability with existing infrastructure and policy, including required laptop encryption.

New students attend a technology training session during orientation, during which you will be assisted with accessing the campus network, email, course materials, software downloads, and mobile device management. You will need a laptop at this time.

Hardware & Software Requirements

Almost all required software is available to students at minimal or no charge. Check the Free Downloads web page before you buy any software.

Unsure of your current hardware and software? Read How do I check my laptop specifications (PDF)?

Students interested in purchasing a new Microsoft Windows computer are encouraged to consider one with a Professional grade operating system and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip because these laptops include a native encryption application. All modern Mac computers include a native encryption application. Laptop models recommended on this page include those that can be ordered with these capabilities.

Hardware

Software

Windows

i-5 or i-7 processor

8GB RAM (16 GB recommended)

500GB Hard Drive (at least 2GB free)

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/n or a/c

Access to DVD drive

Access to web camera

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) recommended

Windows® 10 Professional recommended

Microsoft® Office 365 (provided by MUSC)

The capability to view and create PDF files

Windows Media Player and VLC player

Two web browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox®

 

Apple

i-5 or i-7 processor

8GB RAM memory (16 GB recommended)

500GB hard drive (at least 2 GB free)

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/n or a/c

Access to DVD drive

Access to web camera

OS X High Sierra® or later

Microsoft® Office 365 (provided by MUSC)

The capability to view and create PDF files

Quick time and VLC player

Two web browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox®


Physician Assistant students will be required to utilize a privacy screen for their laptops during all exams administered electronically.

Suggested Laptop Models

Below are suggested laptop models for students considering the purchase of a new computer. Students assume all risk and responsibility when purchasing these models. If you have any questions, contact CHP IT.

Dell Latitude series with Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Dell Precision series with Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbo

Macbook Pro 13"

Macbook Pro 15"