The School of Pharmacy requires all entering PharmD students to have a laptop and use it for specific educational purposes during their four-year educational program. 

Minimum Laptop Specifications

  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo 2 processor or better.
  • 2 GB RAM at minimum. 4 GB is recommended.
  • 100 GB hard drive at minimum. 200 GB or higher is recommended. 
  • A wireless network adapter that supports 802.11g or higher.

Required Software

  • PCs must have Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate Edition, or higher. Important: Windows Home and Starter editions are not supported. Windows RT editions are not supported.
  • Before you arrive on campus, you must have updated your operating system to its latest service pack. For Windows 7, this is Service Pack 1. For Windows 8, this is 8.1. To make sure that your system is up-to-date, open the Start menu and choose Windows Update
  • You must also have professional anti-virus software installed and up-to-date in order to use the school's wireless network. The HS/HSL Library sells anti-virus software to students at a discount when the semester begins. You may puchase a copy of Symantec EndPoint Anti-Virus for $40. McAfee or Trend Micro are also supported options.
  • Finally, you should have a copy of Microsoft Office 2013. The HS/HSL Library sells Microsoft Office 2013 Enterprise edition for $100.
  • As a part of your education, you will be required to install various applications in order to participate in certain required and elective courses. Examples include installation of SofTest for examinations and NeehrPerfect for Electronic Health Record (EHR) activities. Instructions for installation will be provided to you during the school year.
  • Adobe Reader (latest version) is required for exams containing PDF attachments.

Recommended Warranty Coverage

It is highly recommended you obtain a warranty that will cover your laptop during your years of study at the School of Pharmacy. If an accidental damage warranty is available, it is recommended to add that as well. 

What if I Want to Use a Mac?

As long as your computer meets the minimum specifications listed above, you may use it. Software used in certain classes may require you to be able to run Windows. Apple's Boot Camp software, which lets you run Windows on a Macintosh computer, comes with the latest version of the Macintosh operating system, but a separate copy of Windows 7, 8, or 10 is required.

The minimum Macintosh laptop requirements are:

  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo 2 processor or better.
  • 2 GB RAM at minimum. 4 GB is recommended.
  • 100 GB hard drive at minimum. 200 GB or higher is recommended.
  • A wireless network adapter that supports 802.11g or higher.

Required Macintosh software:

  • OS X 10.9 or higherOS X 10.8 and earlier versions are not supported.
  • You must also have professional anti-virus software installed and up-to-date in order to use the school's wireless network. The HS/HSL Library sells anti-virus software to students at a discount when the semester begins. You may puchase a copy of Symantec EndPoint Anti-Virus for $40. McAfee or Trend Micro are also supported options.
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac or higher. The HS/HSL Library sells Microsoft Office 2011 for $100.
  • Adobe Reader (latest version) is required for exams containing PDF attachments.

What if I want to use a tablet?

The only supported tablet is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, with full Windows operating system (Windows 7 Professional or higher) installed on it. Surface tablets running Windows RT, Android tablets, and iPads with iOS are not supported.