Nursing Student Computing Requirements

Student Laptop Requirements

The School of Nursing requires all students, except for those enrolled in fully online programs, to have a laptop and use it for specific educational purposes during their program. 

SON Laptop Requirements – updated May, 2023


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

  • Microsoft Office 365 (available as a no-cost download to active students)

Computer Literacy Requirements

Each student is expected to have minimum computer literacy skills upon enrollment. Each student is required to have a computer that meets the UMSON minimum hardware specifications. The UMSON has a computer lab with a moderate amount of PCs available for student use during 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 UMB

Students can connect to the wireless network on UMB’s campus using Eduroam. 

More information can be found here.

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.