Technology Requirements for Undergraduate School of Nursing Student

2021-2022 Requirements

Nursing students are required to have both a laptop and an iPad that meet the system requirements outlined by the Duquesne University School of Nursing.


A laptop with the following is required:

  • Latest version of Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave or later
    • Chromebooks are not compatible
    • Windows 10 S is not compatible
  • Intel Core i5 processor or greater, no older than 2017 or Apple M1 chip in Macs released after October 2020
  • 8GB RAM minimum, 16GB strongly recommended
  • Webcam (integrated internal webcam or external USB webcam)
  • Speakers
  • Headphones or earbuds with 3.5 mm connector (Wireless or lightning headphones from the iPhone are not compatible)


In addition to a laptop, an iPad is required for eBooks, point-of-care apps, and exams.

  • The latest generation 7.9" iPad mini or 10.2" iPad is required at minimum
    • Alternatively, the 2020 iPad Air or 11" iPad Pro may also be used
    • The larger 12.9" iPad Pro is not recommended as it would be difficult to use in the clinical setting.
  • iOS 14
  • 32GB or greater (Cellular data is not required)


The DU Computer Store sells computer and iPad hardware, software and warranties to students at educational discount prices. The Computer Store is located in the Duquesne Union. Please visit their website for more information.

Note: Students are not required to buy their computer or iPad at the DU Computer Store.

iPad Apps

App Purpose Price
Blackboard View updates to your courses and content (Safari web browser can also be used) Free
Elsevier eBooks Access nursing eBooks (eBook code emailed to you from Duquesne Bookstore) Free
UpToDate Access mobile resources for clinical (Account activated through Gumberg Library) Free
NearPod Participate in polling and interactive activities Free
Examplify Take quizzes and exams with ExamSoft Free
HESI Secure Browser Take HESI exams Free
Outlook Access university email Free
OneDrive Store and sync files in the cloud Free
Box Store and sync files in the cloud Free
Word View/Edit Word Files Free
Excel View/Edit Excel Files Free
PowerPoint View/Edit PowerPoint slideshows Free
Adobe Acrobat Reader View, scan, annotate and share PDF files Free
Adobe Fill & Sign Complete and sign PDF forms Free
Zoom Participate in videoconferencing Free
Chrome Web browser Free
Dropbox Sync files between computer and iPad Free
myCB Complete health and other requirements Free
OneNote Take notes and sync to cloud and other devices Free
Notability Take notes and sync to cloud and other devices $8.99
Evernote Take notes and sync to cloud and other devices Free (basic)