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Laptop Requirements

The University strongly recommends the purchase of a new laptop computer, if possible, or the use of an existing computer no more than 1-2 years old in order to have the best possible experience with the required security tools and your academic, clinical, or research activities. Please check with HSC Office of Financial Aid about the applicability of available financial aid funds for a computer purchase.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your laptop is compatible with the required security tools in order to participate in your program’s curriculum.

Microsoft Office is available for free at

The following laptop specifications are strongly recommended by OUHSC Information Technology:


Apple MacOS

Microsoft Windows

Operating System

Minimum OS: MacOS 10.15 Catalina or newer 

[standard, no additional cost on Macs]

Minimum OS: Windows 10 Education (not Home) edition [available through our license at no additional cost to enrolled students]


  • i5 or i7 Intel™ or Apple M1 Processor
  • 13-15 inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM or greater
  • Minimum 256GB SSD Hard Drive
  • i5 or i7 Intel™ Processor (or AMD equivalent such as Ryzen 5)
  • 13-15 inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM or greater
  • Minimum 256GB SSD Hard Drive

Recommended Example Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

  • Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
  • 8GB unified memory
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports

Purchase at educational discount at

Dell Insprion 15

  • Windows 10 Education (available at no additional cost to enrolled students at
  • 11ᵗʰ Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11320H
  • Windows 11 Home
  • Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
  • 16 GB Memory
  • 256 GB SSD
  • 15.6-in. display

Purchase at educational discount at

Protecting your investment

Consider protective device such as cases, skins, keyboard covers; always carry your laptop in a protective bag or backpack.

Manufactures offer 1 year warranties against mechanical failure, but accidental damage (very common: spills, dropped, cracked screen, etc.) are not covered without an additional warranty the specifically covers this cost. Consider an extended warranty from either Dell (Windows), Apple (Mac) or 3rd-party providers like SafeWare.

QUESTIONS? Please contact the IT Service Desk at 405.271.2203 (888.435.7486) or with questions or requests for additional information.

Brightspace (D2L)

Brightspace by D2L is the official learning management system of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (HSC) and Tulsa HSC campuses. 

Brightspace provides instructors with the ability to distribute course information, accept assignments digitally, communicate, and have assessments and provide feedback to students.  Students gain access to Brightspace courses by official Peoplesoft enrollment. 

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Explore the links in the menu to the left to learn more.

**HIPPA, PHI Warning**
  • NOTE:  Do not store any PHI related content in our D2L system. While D2L adheres to the strictest standards for keeping information private, there is no such thing as perfect security and D2L cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any data that is received and stored in D2L's Cloud.


For course related questions, please contact your instructor. 

For technical issues with D2L, please contact 

Virtual Desktop (VDI)

Virtual Desktop Interface or VDI, delivers a web-based desktop running Windows. This solution allows you to connect securely to the OUHSC network in an encrypted environment. VDI comes with the entire Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Reader fully loaded and ready to use. To request access to VDI, click here

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