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Student Computer Requirements

Our academic programs' technology-rich curriculum relies on students having access to certain devices and software.

We offer the following recommendations with student success in mind. If you have specific questions, we encourage you to contact your department to discuss your situation in detail.

All students are responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements listed below. Please use this guide to help in making decisions regarding purchase of a computer and software for study. High-speed broadband internet service is recommended.

Technology-Based Instruction

As a student in the School of Health Professions, your program's curriculum is likely to include the following tasks:

  • Accessing and downloading course files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.)
  • Uploading assignment files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.)
  • Taking quizzes and exams
  • Posting to discussion boards
  • Accessing resources through different browsers
  • Taking notes or annotating resources
  • Presenting student-created files or media through a data projector (lecture halls and classrooms on campus are equipped with Windows computers for use by presenters)
  • Use of a functioning microphone and camera
  • Course- or program-related meetings using applications requiring audio and video (e.g. BlackBoard Collaborate, Zoom, etc.)
  • Live BlackBoard Collaborate sessions
  • Use of online learning resources outside of KU Medical Center
  • High-speed access to the internet
  • Use of Microsoft Office 365 (see software section below)

Students are responsible for maintaining a backup of all work. Use of an online backup service (e.g., OneDrive included with Office 365) or, at a minimum, an external hard drive is strongly recommended.

Acceptable Devices

The following devices are acceptable for completing coursework in this program.

Windows 10 laptop or desktop computer.
Some Microsoft Surface devices are acceptable if they meet the hardware/software requirements indicated on this page.
Windows 7 laptop or desktop.
Macintosh or Apple laptop or desktop computer. iPad or Android-based tablet devices (any model).
iPhone (any model).
Android smartphone (any model).
Google Chromebook (any model).
Linux-based computers.

Software Specifications

Type Product Availability
Office Microsoft Office 365 Free to enrolled students; KU Medical Center provides the licenses to Microsoft Office 365 allowing students to activate the Office Suite on up to five computers. To install the Office Suite on a personally owned computer, visit and log in with a KU Medical Center username and password. Download the installation files by clicking the Install Office apps button in the upper right corner of the screen. Once installed, follow the prompt to activate the software using a KU Medical Center username and password to authenticate.
Security Antivirus Any paid reputable antivirus application (e.g. Norton, McAfee, etc..); Free options include the antivirus program installed with Windows 10 or download and install Avast for Windows.
Firewall Free, Windows built-in firewall (check to ensure the firewall is enabled)
Antispyware MalwareBytes (free version scans on-demand, paid version catches live)
Browsers Various Free; Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge
PDF PDF Reader Free; Adobe Acrobat Reader
Media Players General/audio Free; Windows Media Player
Flash Free; Adobe Flash Player
Video Free; VLC,

Windows-based (PC) System Hardware

Hardware Component Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen R5 Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen R7
Style Laptop Laptop
Protective Case N/A Device compatible case or backpack
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
Hard Disk 256 GB or higher 512 GB or higher
Display 1920 x 1080 (HD) 1920 x 1080 (HD)
Networking Wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac; Wired ethernet port
Warranty 1-year warranty 2-4 year warranty
Operating System Windows 10 Home Edition Windows 10 Home Edition
Data Backup OneDrive (Microsoft Cloud Storage) * OneDrive (Microsoft Cloud Storage) *
Remote Video Class/ Work Microphone and camera (standard on most laptops) Wireless Bluetooth microphone and camera headset

* Included in Office 365, see software section.

Apple/Mac Hardware

Hardware Component Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7 or M1
Style Laptop Laptop
Laptop Protective Case Carrying case or backpack Carrying case or backpack
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
Hard Disk 256 GB or higher 512 GB or higher
Display Non-Retina / Retina Non-Retina / Retina
Networking Wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Wired ethernet port adapter
Warranty 1-year warranty 2-4 year warranty
Operating System Mac OS 10 (OSX 10.13 or higher) Mac OS 10 (OSX 10.15 or higher)

Support and Resources

Students can receive support for basic computing issues related to their academic work from the Jayhawk Tech Clinic. Appointments are available in Taylor Building Room 3021. The support desk may also be reached by phone at 913-945-9999 option 2, or at the Information Technology website (711 TTY).

Students may explore possible options for financial support in purchasing a computer for learning by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid.

KU School of Health Professions

KU School of Health Professions
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Mailstop 2007
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5235 • 711 TTY