Medical School Computer Requirements


Requesting information on a laptop for medical school

I will be attending USD's medical school in July and will need to purchase a computer

I would like to order the recommended laptop for Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM) students

How do I order the computer that is recommended for the University of South Dakota medical students?

What are the computer system requirements for med school 


  • Incoming med school student
  • Med School Laptop 
  • Physician Assistant Laptop 




Minimum System Requirements for Med School Testing Platforms 2024 (updated 1/9/2024)

Note: The SSOM uses ExamSoft Examplify and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) testing platforms. The requirements below incorporate the requirements of those two platforms.

All Computer Systems
  • 1GHz processor or higher
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1280x768 with a 32-bit color setting
  • 13” screen or larger
  • Both wired and wireless network connection capability
  • 4GB or more of usable RAM
  • 4GB or more of available storage space
  • Administrator-level account permissions
  • English (United States) Language
  • Virtual machines and applications are not allowed
  • Only genuine versions of Windows or Mac Operating Systems are supported
Windows Systems
  • Non-ARM-based processor
  • 64-bit version of Windows 10 (22H2), Windows 11 (22H2 or 23H2)
  • Windows 10 and 11 S mode are not compatible
  • ASUS Laptops with touchpad/touchscreen are not allowed
Mac Systems
  • Mac OS v12.0, v13.0,  (Monterey or Ventura)
  • Intel, M1, or M2 processor
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported

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