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Laptop Requirements

Laptop Requirements

All Traditional and Second Degree BSN students are required to have a laptop for academic and testing purposes. Online students (those seeking an RN to BSN degree; MSN in Nursing Education, Forensic Nursing, or Family Nurse Practitioner degree; or a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health Care) may use a desktop computer or a laptop since they will complete course work at a distant location. 

You may view the complete list of technical requirements below for Windows and Mac computers. We do not currently support mobile devices for Examsoft or HESI exams (iPads, Androids, etc). We do not support any computer systems other than Windows or Mac (no Chromebooks, Linux devices, etc.). For questions regarding laptop hardware or software, email the College of Nursing Instructional Design Team at nursing-design@tamu.edu.

At all times, the computer should be capable of running the software below or contain the necessary hardware listed. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her computer has the required software installed upon admission, and it is updated throughout his/her time as a student. 

Upon admission, students will be given access to an orientation course. The orientation course provides instructions on how to access each of the software programs listed below and confirm the computer is ready to go. Completion of the technology orientation course is required prior to being given access to an individual's nursing academic courses.

Technology Requirements Mac Laptops/Desktops

  • Operating System. OS 10.14 Mojave (or newer)
  • Hard Drive. 250 GB hard drive or solid state drive
  • RAM. 8 GB
  • Battery Life. Minimum of 6 hours required. (8 hours recommended)
  • High Speed Internet Connection. We require a minimum connection speed of 20 Mbps.
  • Ethernet Port
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Safari Browser (free)
  • Mozilla Firefox Browser (free)
  • Chrome Browser (free)
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer. Once you are registered for classes, you can purchase this for $5 through Texas A&M's software store.
  • Texas A&M Duo Authentication. You will be required to verify your identity using dual authentication on a mobile device.  
  • Texas A&M Gmail. You will be required to read your Texas A&M Gmail.  It is recommended you do this daily and connect to a mobile device so you never miss any critical announcements.  
  • Examsoft Examplify. Software will be provided upon admission. Practice quiz will be provided. 
  • Adobe Reader (free)
  • Adobe Flash Player (free)
  • Anti-virus solution. We support Sophos for Mac (free version).  There is also a paid version, but this is not required or necessary.  We only support Sophos at exams.  If you choose to use another anti-virus solution and encounter problems, you will have to contact the vendor or general helpdesk for support. 
  • Scanning capabilities. You may use a mobile app (such as Turbo Scan) or visit a store which provides scanning services (such as Fed Ex Office).
  • Webcam
  • Computer microphone
  • Computer headset and/or ear buds

Technology Requirements Windows Laptops/Desktops

  • Operating System. Windows 10.  We do not support Windows 7 or 8.  
  • Processor. Intel Core 2 Duo, i3, i5 or i7 processor
  • Hard Drive. 250 GB hard drive or solid state drive
  • RAM. 8 GB
  • Battery Life.  Minimum of 6 hours required.  (8 hours recommended)
  • High Speed Internet Connection. We require a minimum connection speed of 20 Mbps.
  • Ethernet Port
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Internet Explorer Browser (free)
  • Mozilla Firefox Browser (free)
  • Chrome Browser (free)
  • Edge Browser (for Windows 10 users only) (free)
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer.  Once you are registered for classes, you can purchase this for $5 through Texas A&M's software store.
  • Texas A&M Duo Authentication.  You will be required to verify your identity using dual authentication on a mobile device.  
  • Texas A&M Gmail.  You will be required to read your Texas A&M Gmail.  It is recommended you do this daily and connect to a mobile device so you never miss any critical announcements. 
  • Examsoft Examplify. Software will be provided upon admission. Practice quiz will be provided. 
  • Adobe Reader (free)
  • Adobe Flash Player (free)
  • Anti-virus solution. We only support Windows Defender (Windows 10). Avoid Web Root, McAfee, or AVG due to conflicts with other required software.  We do not provide support for any anti-virus solution with exams other than Windows Defender.  If you choose to use another antivirus and encounter problems, you will have to contact the vendor or general helpdesk for support.  
  • Scanning capabilities. You may use a mobile app (such as Turbo Scan) or visit a store which provides scanning services (such as Fed Ex Office).
  • Webcam
  • Computer microphone
  • Computer headset and/or ear buds