Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Minimum Technology Specifications for 2017-2018

You are required to own both a laptop computer and an iPad for your coursework.  Although ATSU doesn’t require any specific model or brand of computer, below are the minimum specifications you will need (for both computers and iPads). Please note these are minimum specs, not recommended specs and that you can use either the Windows or Mac platform.  Any reputable business that sells computers/iPads can advise you on these specifications.

Computers

Windows computers

  • i5 Processor or better
  • 8GB RAM
  • Wireless – Dual-Band capable (Supporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 802 .11 ac preferred.  This is wireless protocol and is used to connect to the ATSU wireless network)
  • Windows OS (Operating System) 7 or newer
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer, or
    • During orientation, you will be able to request Office 365 from the Service Desk at no charge.  NOTE:  Your account will be disabled upon graduation and you will need to purchase a personal account at that time if you want to retain your data.
    • The suite of applications you receive with your Google Apps account contains Google Docs, Google sheets, and similar applications which can be used for a replacement of Microsoft Office.

Mac Computers

  • i5 Processor or better (Intel-based Processor)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 802 .11 n or ac preferred (This is wireless protocol and is used to connect to the ATSU wireless network)
  • Mac OS (Operating system) X Mountain Lion (10.8.x) or newer
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or
    • During orientation, you will be able to request Office 365 from the Service Desk at no charge.  NOTE:  Your account will be disabled upon graduation and you will need to purchase a personal account at that time if you want to retain your data.
    • The suite of applications you receive with your Google Apps account contains Google Docs, Google sheets, and similar applications which can be used for a replacement of Microsoft Office.

iPads

  • Student iPads are required to be at least an iPad 3 or iPad Air+ (ATSU tools no longer support iPad 2)
  • Operating System – iOS 8, iOS 9, or iOS 10
  • 500MB of Free Space
  • 32gb of ram
  • iPad must not be jail broken no older than an iPad Air.
  • KCOM students cannot use iPad mini (Includes Biomedical Students) as the bigger size is necessary for some applications.

You are required to own a personal iPad no later than July 10, 2017 (start of orientation). ATSU also highly recommends that you purchase extended warranty and/or insurance on your iPad device to ensure you can quickly repair or replace your device should it be damaged/lost/stolen etc.. Click here for more details. For students using financial assistance, the financial aid budget provides $724 toward the purchase of an iPad, insurance, and apps. This amount covers the cost of an iPad with the required minimum specifications. You will not receive these funds until matriculation.

Do you own an iPad but are not sure if it is an iPad Air. Follow this short video to determine which iPad you own.

These technology requirements pertain to students in these KCOM programs

  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Masters in Biomedical Science
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