Hardware Requirements

Information Technology Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements:

All students must have a device capable of meeting the educational requirements of their college. Northwestern Health Sciences University is a “BYOD” and does not issue students devices therefore, please keep in mind the following when selecting a device.

The College of Chiropractic requires a Laptop and Tablet, or a Tablet Computer. The tablet computers must be smaller than 14” and have a removable or foldable keyboard so it can be held in one hand. Examples include: iPad, MicroSoft Surface, Lenovo’s Miix, Yoga or X1, and Dell Inspirion, latitude or 2-in-1 series.

The College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and the College of Health and Wellness require a Laptop or Tablet Computer.

Tablets or Tablet Computers are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • You will be downloading pdf notes and interacting with them – annotating images, jotting down questions, etc.
  • Especially for image-intense classes (Gross Anatomy, Spine & Pelvis and the entire Radiology curriculum), a tablet will allow you to see much better detail than paper notes can display.
  • Electronic versions of certain textbooks are available, which lighten your backpack and are easy to use – highlight text, search, bookmark, etc.
  • Video capability of tablets will be beneficial to critique yourself while learning manipulation.
  • There are numerous free or low-cost apps that help you learn and study, such as flash cards, 3-D anatomy modules, quiz programs, pathology files.
  • Your device may be used with Audience Response Systems, e.g. Kahoot, for formative assessments.
Minimum Requirement Recommended
Hardware PC
2.0 GHz Intel or comparable AMD processor
4GB RAM
156 GB or larger Hard drive with 30GB of free storage space
Webcam capable to record assignments as needed
PC
Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. Select the newest generation available.
256 GB RAM or larger SSD with 30GB of free storage space
Graphics upgrade
Headset
Mac
Intel processor
4GB RAM
30GB of free storage space
Mac
256 GB or larger SSD
30GB of free storage space
Graphics upgrade
Webcam and Headset
iPad
iPad 5+, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2+, iPad Pro
30GB of free storage space
iPad
iPad 5+, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2+, iPad Pro 30GB of free storage space
Operating System PC
32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows 10
PC
32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows 10
Mac
OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), OS X 10.14 (Mojave), or macOS Catalina (10.15
Mac
OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), OS X 10.14 (Mojave), or macOS Catalina (10.15
iPad
iOS 11, iOS 12, and iPadOS 13
iPad
iOS 11, iOS 12, and iPadOS 13
Software & Apps NWHSU provides Office 365 ProPlus. Includes Office 2016 desktop versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Publisher, (PC only) and Access (PC only). Cell phone is also required for Multi-factor authentication.

Adobe – Students can get free access

VLC Media Player

Internet & Security PC & Mac
Security software
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
PC & Mac
Security software
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Warranty None 3 years parts and labor with on-site or in-store support

*Note: Testing software, ExamSoft, does not support tablet devices other than Surface

 

Financial Aid

To find out if you are eligible for additional funds to cover the cost of your tablet computer, contact the Financial Aid Office. If you are eligible, you will submit a student loan budget adjustment request, along with your tablet receipt, to have your student loan amount increased to cover the cost of the device.

Select student discounts available:

Lenovo student discounts
Dell student offer

Mac or iPad with Apple education pricing
Microsoft education pricing