Hardware Requirements

Computer Requirements and Recommendations

NWHSU is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) campus and requires that all students to own a computing device for NWHSU-related activities. The purpose of these requirements is to ensure that devices meet or exceed a set of standards that will allow students to participate effectively while attending NWHSU. Technology will be a component of your NWHSU education. Having adequate hardware is worth your investment—school can be hard enough without dealing with technical issues caused by dated or underpowered computers.

Additionally, this policy ensures that incoming students have installed security software on their personal devices.

Requirements Overview:

  • Prior to arriving, you must own a computer that:
    • Meets or exceeds our hardware requirement
    • Has an Operating System that meets our requirement
  • Install required software, including:
    • A version of Microsoft Office that meets our requirement.
      • Office Pro Plus is available at no charge to all NWHSU students through their Office 365 account
        Additional software as indicated.
  • Setup your NWHSU email account and be able to send/receive messages.
  • Setup Self-Service password reset and be able to update your NWHSU password as needed.
  • Review and meet all additional requirements established by your specific program.

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.

1. Hardware Requirement

All students must own a computer that meets the requirements set by Examsoft.

Required Recommended
Processor 1.86Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or greater Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. Select the newest generation available (Currently 7th Generation).
Memory (RAM) 4 GB or more 8 GB or more
Hard Drive 156 GB or larger 256 GB or larger SSD
Graphics Hardware No specific requirement Select a graphics hardware option upgrade if available.
Warranty Not required 3 years parts and labor with on-site or in-store support.

No Netbooks or Chromebooks

Netbooks and Chromebooks are small, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive computing devices. They do not meet our requirements due to low processing power and lack of capabilities. The use of Chromebooks raise significant security and privacy concerns. Chromebooks and personal Google accounts including Gmail are not HIPAA-compliant. If you have a Chromebook, we recommend that you do not use it for anything involving NWHSU clinical, research, or studies.

Already own a computer?

Checking Your Processor and Memory:

  • Windows: right-click Start Menu icon, select “System” from the menu.
  • Mac OS: select “About this Mac” from the Apple menu.

2. Software Requirement

Operating System
If you have a Windows or Mac operating system that is older than those listed as required, you must upgrade to meet the requirement.

Required Recommended
Windows Windows 7 (Home, Pro, Education, or Enterprise) Windows 10 (Student, Home, Pro, Education, or Enterprise)
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or newer OS X 10.12 Sierra

Always wait to upgrade to new major versions of operating systems.

NWHSU has many computer systems, and it’s impossible for all of our systems to be compatible with new major versions of operating systems on the day they become available.

Consequently, we strongly discourage you from upgrading until NWHSU IT Services has updated the requirements page.

If you forget to wait to upgrade, NWHSU IT Services will support you as best it can, but until a permanent solution is in place, you might lose certain functionality.

Microsoft Office

NWHSU provides Office 365 ProPlus for Mac and PC users which includes Office 2016 desktop versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher (PC only), and Access (PC only). If you are using an older version of Office, you should upgrade to Office 2016. Students currently using Office 2016, may want to upgrade if their current version does not include Outlook, Publisher, and Access.

Security Software

You are required to install the following security software that includes Antivirus/Maleware protection. Students should also require a password to log on to their own devices.

Recommended other software:


Media Players:

3. Meet School Specific Requirements

Your College or program may have additional or more specific requirements.

College of Chiropractic

  • Requires a tablet computer
    • This must be smaller than 14”
    • Must have a removable keyboard, foldable keyboard, as to be held in one hand
    • Examples of this device are:
      • Apple’s Ipad,
      • Microsoft’s Surface Pro,
      • Lenovo’s Miix, Yoga, or X1 tablet, or
      • Dell’s 2-in-1 series.
  • Student receive discounts at many of these vendors
  • Must meet all University and Examsoft requirements

Why a tablet?

  • 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.

College of Health and Wellness

  • Requires a Laptop or tablet computer.
    • Examples of this device are:
      • Apple’s Macbook or Ipad,
      • Microsoft’s Surface Pro,
      • Lenovo’s E, T, or L series, Miix, Yoga, or X1 tablet, or
      • Dell’s Inspirion, latitude, or 2-in-1 series.
  • Student receive discounts with many of these vendors
  • Must meet all University and Examsoft requirements

Student discounts available through…

Save on select Lenovo computers:

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Save on select Microsoft computers: