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Student Technology

Medical Students (M.D.)

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Laptop Standards

The College of Medicine (COM) requires that all incoming medical students purchase a portable or laptop computer. Our buildings are all wireless-enabled, and you will be able to access your campus email, student-related information, course materials, and other important web-based resources at any time using your laptop. To ensure compatibility with the existing campus technology infrastructure, the College has identified hardware and software standards for student laptops (see below). Students must bring to campus a laptop that meets or exceeds these standards. Students with laptops that do not meet the minimum standards will receive limited software support by the College. IT will not be able to offer hardware support or repair for any student-owned laptops.

Please note that the College of Medicine laptop hardware and software standards are different from University standards.

It is imperative that you adhere to the College of Medicine standards. 

Student Laptop Use Policy 

Minimum Hardware & Software Requirements

You will be required to have the following items for testing:

  • A working pair of ear buds (not headphones)

Software Discounts

Students can obtain Microsoft Office Professional for Mac or Windows at no or reduced cost by registering with MUSC email accounts at Onthehub. Kivuto’s Basic Access Guarantee gives students 31 days to access and download software. Apply for a Campus Student License Confirmation to use the software after graduation.

Another option, MUSC Office365.

PC Hardware Minimum Standards 

  • i-5, or i-7 processor
  • 8GB RAM memory (if purchasing a new computer, 16 GB recommended)
  • Minimum 128GB Hard Drive (HDD or SSD)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n or ac
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive
  • Access to web camera

PC Software Minimum Standards

  • Windows 8 or Windows 10 Professional recommended
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2016 or Office 365 (provided by MUSC)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Viewer
  • Virus protection software (provided by MUSC)
  • Quicktime or VLC player
  • Two web browsers (at minimum) 

Mac Hardware Minimum Standards

  • i-5, or i-7 processor
  • 8GB RAM memory (if purchasing a new computer, 16 GB recommended)
  • Minimum 128GB Hard Drive (HDD or SSD)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n or ac
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive 

Mac Software Minimum Standards

  • Quicktime or VLC player
  • Two web browsers (at minimum)
  • OS X High Sierra or Newer
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (provided by MUSC)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Virus protection software (provided by MUSC) 

Students interested in purchasing a new Microsoft Windows® computer are encouraged to consider one with a Professional grade operating system and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip because these laptops include a native encryption application. All modern Mac computers include a native encryption application. Laptop models recommended on this page include those that can be ordered with these capabilities.

Suggested Laptop Models

Below are suggested laptop models for students considering the purchase of a new computer. Students assume all risk and responsibility when purchasing these models.

Two Factor Authentication

Anyone checking MUSC email or using VPN or Citrix Webapps off campus to access is required to enroll in the Two Factor Authentication program.

To enroll in the program go to PhoneFactor

Please make the change to 2Factor's Authenticator App by May 31st, 2018.If you need assistance with installing and/or using the Authenticator App, please call our Help Desk at 843-792-9700.

Mobile Device Management

Program to help secure MUSC email on mobile devices.

Instructions are available for: 

  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Blackberry and Windows Phone devices will require a 4 digit pin when on the MUSC network. If you do not have a pin you will be prompted to add one.

NET ID Password Process

  • NetID user account passwords must be changed every 180 days.
  • Each password must be at least eight characters long.
  • An updated password cannot be the same as any of the past six passwords.
  • Each updated password must have at least four changed characters from the previous passwords. 

For a complete list of the policies, please go to netid180.musc.edu

MUSC Social Media Policy

View the policy here: MUSC Social Media Policy

COM Educational Technology Support Team

Inda Humes
COM Director of Educational Technology & Curriculum Support
843-792-6773

Nate Mack
Educational Technologist/IT Consultant
843-792-5014

Contact Email