• Standard Computer Hardware and Software Requirements

Computer Requirements

Ensure you have the adequate technology to support your nursing journey.

 Attention Incoming BSN Students:

As part of the iLead Project, incoming BSN Junior students enrolled beginning Summer 2019 will be leased an iPad from UTMB School of Nursing, included in the tuition and fees each semester for the duration of the program. Students will receive their iPads during New Student Orientation. To learn more about iLead, check out the iLead Project page.

Basic Hardware Requirements

Hard Drive/Storage


  • 256-500 GB SSD


  • 256-500 GB HDD



  • 8-16 GB RAM


  • 4 GB RAM

Wireless Adapter (Laptops)


  • 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz


  • 802.11n 2.4/5 GHz

(Headset + WebCam)

  +    +  
(WebCam with Built-in Microphone + Headphones)

  +    +  
(WebCam with Built-in Microphone + Speakers)

Internet Speed Requirements

A broadband internet connection is required.

A minimum Download and Upload speed of 10 Mbps and 2.5 Mbps respectively is required.

If you are in a household or other location with multiple users sharing an internet connection, it is recommended that you test your connection speed during peak usage times to help ensure that it will meet the necessary requirements.

For technical support, contact your Internet Service Provider.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 software is provided and supported on Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android devices.

We do require that all course assignments and files be PC-compatible, ensured by using Microsoft Office.

You must sign in using your UTMB account.

Supported Operating Systems & Web Browsers

Windows Operating Systems

Windows 10 & Windows 11 are supported operating systems at UTMB

Windows 10 & 11


Windows 8 and below are not supported operating systems at UTMB

Windows 8 or older

 Not Supported

Apple Operating Systems

 Apple users should always run the latest version of MacOS (iMac, Macbook) or iOS (iPhone, iPad) unless specified otherwise.

MacOS version 11 (Big Sur) or newer is required.

iOS/iPadOS version 14 or newer is required on iPhone and iPad devices.

Google Chromebooks

Google Chromebooks are not compatible with required exam software.

Android Devices

Android phones and tablets are not compatible with required exam software.

Web Browsers

Google Chrome


Mozilla FireFox


Microsoft Edge



 Limited Support

Internet Explorer

 Not Supported

 Apple note: users of the Safari browser have typically experienced problems with Blackboard during their studies.