Technology for New & Current Nursing Students

Laptop Policy

Effective Fall of 2012, all students must have a laptop that follows the SON laptop minimum standards by the first class meeting of the semester.

The minimum standards and recommendations were developed to meet the requirements specified by UPC, i.e., wireless connection enabled, ability to access BlackBoard online, and a minimum of four hours battery power, with additional charging stations to be installed by the SON.

Minimum laptop requirements

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo/Core™ i3 or AMD Dual Core or MacBook Core2 Duo
  • OS: Windows XP or (Apple) Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Memory: 2 - 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 80 GB 5400 rpm
  • Graphics: Any
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual band Wireless LAN
  • Primary Battery: 3 Cell
  • Warranty: Any

Recommended specifications for laptops

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5/i7 or AMD Quad Core or MacBook Pro
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional (32bit or 64bit) or (Apple) Mac OS X Mountain Lion
  • Memory: 4 to 8 GB RAM (Memory configurations above 4GB are typically beneficial with 64bit O/S only)
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB 7200 rpm
  • Graphics: Any
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 ac/b/g/n Dual band Wireless LAN
  • Primary Battery: 6 Cell or 9 Cell