Students must have a portable computer with wireless network capability. The computer will be used to access web-based curriculum resources, generate documents and presentations, access electronic medical records, and take exams. The computer must be able to run Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader.

There are four acceptable options: Windows-based laptop, Microsoft Surface Pro, Macintosh-based laptop, Apple iPad.

Android-based tablets are not an acceptable option to take exams.

Windows-Based Laptop Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 32-bit or 64-bit
  • TPM chip required
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English, French, Portuguese, Swedish, and British versions of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • CPU processor: 1.86Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or greater
  • RAM: 4GB minimum, 8GB recommended
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 10GB of available space
  • Wireless network card
  • Screen resolution must be 1024 x 768 or higher
  • Administrator level account permissions

Surface Pro Requirements

  • Hardware: Surface Pro 1, 2, 3 or 4 (Surface RT tablets are not supported)
  • External keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required. Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam.
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 10GB available space
  • Wireless network card
  • Screen resolution must be 1920 x 1080
  • Administrator level account permissions

Mac Laptop Requirements

  • Operating system: High Sierra, Sierra, or El Capitan
  • Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported.
  • CPU: Intel processor
  • RAM: 4GB minimum
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 10GB of available space
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • Wireless network card
  • Administrator level account permissions

iPad Requirements

  • Hardware: iPad 2, 3, 4, 5 or iPad Mini
  • Operating system: iOS 6, iOS 7 or iOS 8. Only genuine versions of iOS are supported.
  • 500MB of free space
  • iPad must not be jailbroken
  • Wireless network card

Established by the University of Alabama School of Medicine Medical Education Information Services, May 15, 1999. Updated on 04/30/2015