Effective Date: May 15, 1999
Responsible Party: University of Alabama Marnix E Heersink School of Medicine's Director of Medical Education Information Services
Contact: John Taylor, MBA

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Students must have a Windows or macOS 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 three acceptable options: Windows-based laptop, Microsoft Surface Pro, Macintosh-based laptop.

Android-based tablets, Google Chromebooks, and ASUS laptops with touchpad/touchscreen are not acceptable options to take exams.

Windows-Based Laptop Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 10; Windows 11 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: 1Ghz processor or higher
  • RAM: 4GB minimum, 8GB recommended
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 256GB 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)
  • Capable of running a full version of Windows.
  • External keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required. Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam.
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 256GB available space
  • Wireless network card
  • Screen resolution must be 1920 x 1080
  • Administrator-level account permissions

Mac Laptop Requirements

  • Operating system: Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey
  • Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported.
  • CPU: Intel processor or M1 processor
  • RAM: 4GB minimum
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 256GB of available space
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • Wireless network card
  • Administrator-level account permissions



Created: May 15, 1999 by the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Medical Education Information Services
Revised: Feb. 17, 2022