Computer Requirements for Incoming Students

The Boonshoft School of Medicine uses state-of-the-art technology in the teaching process and, therefore, all medical students are required to own a laptop computer with the capacity for using computer-based instructional materials. Tablets and iPads are optional. All of the instruction materials will run under either the Macintosh or the Windows platform.

General support to Windows and Macintosh users is provided by WSU Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS), but CaTS does not support specialized medical school applications. The decision whether to purchase a Macintosh or Windows-based computer must be made by each student.

All course content is located in WSU’s Learning Management system, Pilot. Pilot is accessible through most modern browsers such as the latest version of Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Check your browser compatibility for use with Pilot. A mobile version of Pilot also exists which enables students to navigate using an iPad, tablet or other mobile device in order to access most, but not all of the content.

Course audio and video files are available through Pilot and will be run on Windows, Macintosh and iPads/Tablets.

Students are required to have a device capable of accessing course content and to use for examinations.

Minimum laptop requirements

  • Windows 8 or higher
    (See: PC requirements)
    • 2GB RAM; 4GB recommended
    • 1.86GHz Intel Core Duo or greater
    • Microsoft .Net 4.5 Framework installed
    • Wireless card
    • 13” screen or larger
    • Minimum screen resolution of 1024x768 and 32-bit color
    • 1GB available storage to download exam packages
  • OS 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan)
    (See: Mac requirements)
    • 2GB RAM; 4GB recommended
    • 1.2GHz Dual Core processor or faster
    • Wireless card
    • 13” screen or larger
    • Minimum screen resolution of 1024x768 and 32-bit color
    • 1GB available storage to download exam packages

During the first two years of medical school, the majority of the course exams are administered on the student’s device. These assessments are administered using SofTest by ExamSoft. Note that the tablet computers listed below may be used with SofTest. Some assessments will also utilize the testing interface provided by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Although every effort is made to obtain Windows computer labs for any assessment utilizing NBME exams, it may be necessary to utilize the student’s own device for an assessment if labs are not available. NBME does NOT support iPad/Tablets for exams!

Surface Pro requirements

(See: Surface Pro requirements)

  • Surface Pro 1, 2 & 4 (non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported)
  • Surface 3 (Pro and non-Pro devices ARE supported)
  • External keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required; Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam
  • Hard drive: Minimum of 1GB available space
  • Adobe Reader XI is required for exams containing PDF attachments
  • Internet connection for SofTest download, registration, exam download and upload
  • Screen resolution must be 1920x1080
  • Administrator level account permissions

SofTest-M iPad requirements

(See: iPad requirements)

  • Hardware = iPad 2 through 5, iPad Mini and iPad Pro
  • Operating system = iOS 7 through iOS 9; Only genuine versions of iOS are supported
  • 500 MB of free space required to commence an exam
  • iPad must not be jailbroken
  • Internet connection for SofTest download, registration, exam download and upload

Although a tablet computer cannot yet fully replace a laptop, many students find the use of a tablet for their course work and developing facility with note-taking, highlighting and indexing of content using one or another of the available tablet applications to be very beneficial. Every effort is made to develop content that will load on a tablet. All course note packs are converted to PDF, and any videos are compressed in the standard MP4 CODEC. New HTML5 compressions will be added for the upcoming academic year to enable the use of audio and video files on more platforms. We encourage students to be as “paperless” as possible in their academic endeavor.

If you do not already have a computer that you believe is suitable for medical school and would like to purchase a new computer, your financial aid budget may be increased by up to $2,000 on a one-time-only basis to pay for it. This may be done at any time during your four years at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Contact Michelle Feichtner, financial aid manager, in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions more information.

Software and operating system upgrades

Wright State University also has special licensing agreements that allow us to distribute a wide variety of software programs to students and employees. Software is provided either free or at a minimal charge. Available packages include the Microsoft Office suite, Windows and MacOS operating system upgrades, McAfee virus protection software and much more.

Last edited on 06/24/2016.