Nursing Student Computing Requirements

Nursing Student Computing Requirements

All nursing students are required to have a personal computer and meet computer literacy requirements listed below. The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) recommends a Windows/Intel laptop computer to meet this requirement.

Recommended Laptop Computer Specifications

The UMSON recommends the following minimum hardware specifications for a Windows/Intel based laptop computer:

  • Intel Core i5 Processor
  • Windows 7 Professional Operating System or greater
  • 14.0 or 15.6 inch Wide Screen LCD
  • 4GB of memory
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW (DVD & CD burner)
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet network card
  • Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network card

The UMSON recommends Windows/Intel based laptop computers to ensure full compatibility with internal systems and applications, and to complete assignments. While Macintosh computers may work for some operations, there may be instances where a Macintosh will not be compatible. Please note that the SON is not able to provide assistance or support of any kind for Macintosh computers or equipment.

Software

The UMSON recommends installing the following software be installed on Windows/Intel laptops:

Computer Literacy Requirements

Each student is expected to have, at a minimum, computer literacy upon enrollment. Each student is required to have a computer that meets the UMSON minimum requirements. The UMSON has a moderate number of computer labs available for student use during the posted hours of operation.

Computer literacy is defined as the essential knowledge needed to function independently with a computer. It is further defined as having basic knowledge about and the ability to operate the computer and software including word processing, e-mail, presentation packages e.g. Power Point, plus the ability to manage files, and use the Internet.

Students who do not feel they have minimum basic computer literacy are to seek out appropriate computer workshops or courses prior to starting their nursing program.

Wireless Connectivity at Shady Grove

Students with laptops that wish to connect to the wireless network at the Universities at Shady Grove should go to the open computer lab ED I Room 207 for answers to questions and to receive wireless network registration paperwork.