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Student Computer Requirements

The information on this page applies to all students admitted to the bachelor's degree program in health information management (on campus and online degree completion programs) in the KU Department of Health Information Management.

First- and second-year students in KU health information management programs are eligible to appeal their cost of attendance to reimburse for the purchase of a computer/related tech expenses. A student may request a technology budget increase more than once during their program; however, the total adjustment may not exceed $2,500 and the student may not appeal for the same item more than once. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

yellow triangle icon with exclamation pointImportant Note

Microsoft Windows-based (PC) devices are REQUIRED for students in KU's health information management degree program.

Mac/Apple laptops or other devices are not compatible with most health information management or health care industry software. As a result, Mac/Apple devices do not meet the requirement for students in this academic program.

Questions? Please contact the program at 913-588-2423 (711 TTY) or

Windows-based (PC) System Hardware

Hardware Component







Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen R5

Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen R7





Protective Case



Device compatible case or backpack



8 GB

16 GB

Hard Disk


256 GB or higher

512 GB or higher



1920 x 1080 (HD)

1920 x 1080 (HD)



Wireless 802.11 b/g/n

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac; Wired ethernet port



1 year warranty

2-4 year warranty

Operating System


Windows 10 Home Edition

Windows 10 Home Edition

Data Backup


OneDrive (Microsoft Cloud Storage) *

OneDrive (Microsoft Cloud Storage) *

Remote Video Class/ Work


Microphone and camera (standard on most laptops)

Wireless Bluetooth microphone and camera headset


* Included in Office 365 see software section below.

Devices acceptable for completing course work in this program.


green checkmark iconWindows 10 laptop or desktop computer.



red X iconMacintosh or Apple laptop or desktop computer.

red X iconWindows 7 laptop or desktop.

red X iconiPad or Android-based tablet devices (any model).

red X iconiPhone (any model).

red X iconAndroid smartphone (any model).

red X iconGoogle Chromebook (any model).

red X iconMicrosoft Surface (any model).

red X iconLinux-based computers.









Microsoft Office 365

Free to enrolled students; KU Medical Center provides the licenses to Microsoft Office 365 allowing students to activate the Office Suite on up to five computers.

To install the Office Suite on a personally owned computer, visit and log in with a KU Medical Center username and password. Download the installation files by clicking the Install Office apps button in the upper right corner of the screen. Once installed, follow the prompt to activate the software using a KU Medical Center username and password to authenticate.




Any paid reputable antivirus application (e.g. Norton, McAfee, etc..); Free options include the antivirus program installed with Windows 10 or download and install Avast for Windows.



Free, Windows built-in firewall (check to ensure the firewall is enabled)



MalwareBytes (free version scans on demand, paid version catches live)




Free; Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge



PDF Reader

Free; Adobe Acrobat Reader

Media Players



Free; Windows Media Player



Free; Adobe Flash Player



Free; VLC,

Academic programs in the KU School of Health Professions utilize a technology-rich curriculum. The following recommendations are made with student success in mind.

All students are responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements listed below. Please use this guide to help in making decisions regarding purchase of a computer and software for study. High speed broadband internet service is recommended.

Program curriculum incorporates the following tasks:

  • Accessing and downloading course files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
  • Uploading assignment files (e.g., documents, presentations, videos, etc.).
  • Taking quizzes and exams.
  • Posting to discussion boards.
  • Accessing resources through different browsers.
  • Taking notes/annotating resources.
  • Presenting student-created files/media through a data projector. Lecture halls and classrooms on campus are equipped with Windows computers for use by presenters.
  • Use of a functioning microphone and camera.
  • Course- or program-related meetings using applications requiring audio and video (e.g. BlackBoard Collaborate, Zoom, etc.).
  • Live BlackBoard Collaborate sessions.
  • Use of online learning resources outside of KU Medical Center.
  • High speed access to the internet.
  • Use of Microsoft Office 365 (see software section below).

It is the student's responsibility to maintain a backup of all work. Use of an online backup service (e.g., OneDrive included with Office 365) or, at a minimum, utilizing an external hard drive, is strongly recommended.

Students can receive support for basic computing issues related to their academic work from the Jayhawk Tech Clinic. Appointments are available in Taylor Building Room 3021. The support desk may also be reached by phone at 913-945-9999 option 2, or at the Information Technology website (711 TTY).

The nature of health care training and education requires access to private and personal health and other personal protected information. Student personal computers and devices must comply with KU Medical Center's policy on confidentiality, privacy and security of data in addition to the policy on sensitive information.

Last modified: Apr 21, 2021