Computer Requirements

IBM Compatible

Minimum Requirements

  • Intel Core I3, I5, or I7 family of processors or AMD A8 or A10 series processors
  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core Duo (or higher)
  • 14” or higher display running 1366 X 768 resolution or higher
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • 4 GB RAMDVD/optical drive
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • WiFi 802.11 g/b/n wireless card
  • Bluetooth capability
  • USB ports
  • USB Flash Drive (4 GB minimum)
 Minimum Requirements

  • PC - Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit (64-bit preferred)
  • Microsoft Office (2010 or 2013)
  • Adobe Acrobat reader (latest version)
  • Antiviral software, Firewall software (Symantec is provided free of charge through the USF website with NetID)
  • Windows media player (latest version)
  • Quicktime player (latest version)
  • Sun Java
  • Adobe Flash/Shockwave

Dell is the preferred IBM compatible/Windows computer, as USF Health IT can perform hardware repairs with greater ease.

Macintosh Compatible

Minimum Requirements

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo (or equivalent)
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • 4 GB RAM
  • DVD/optical drive
  • WiFi 802.11 g/b/n wireless card
  • Bluetooth capability
  • USB ports
  • USB Flash Drive (4 GB minimum)

 Minimum Requirements 

  • MAC OS X 10.6 or higher 
  • Microsoft Office (2008 or 2011) 
  • Adobe Acrobat reader (latest version) 
  • Quicktime player (latest version) 
  • Windows Media Components for Quicktime (latest version) 
  • Adobe Flash/Shockwave

Required Technology

  • Laptop
  • iPad
  • Calculator
  • iClicker 2 (PY1),
    iClicker Go (PY2, PY3, PY4)

Laptop Requirement

For the overall convenience to the students, and flexibility of our program, the College of Pharmacy will be supporting both IBM compatible (Microsoft Windows) and Macintosh operating systems (OS). It is strongly suggested the student has a notebook computer versus a desktop.

Additional Information

The College of Pharmacy faculty is aware of potential limitations of the Macintosh OS compatibility with some Windows OS native applications. The Macintosh user has two options:

  1. Bootcamp. Bootcamp is an application inherent in Macintosh Leopard systems and will allow the user to select the OS at startup (Macintosh or Windows)
  2. Purchase of a virtual machine emulation program (Parallels or VMWare Fusion that will allow for simultaneous computing on both OS.


  1. Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7 are now available to all Pharmacy students at the USF Computer Store for a deeply discounted price (under $50) due to an agreement negotiated between USF Health IS and the USF Computer Store.
    Contact USF Health IS through
    • Chat: Live Chat Portal
    • Email:
    • Phone: (813) 974-6288 from 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday
    • Due to recent software updates from Apple, Mac Mail may not function properly on the USF Health Network at this time, and Microsoft Office 2011 for MAC is the recommended email client on the Apple platform.

iPad Requirement

Students purchasing an iPad:

For students who will be purchasing an iPad, the following minimum hardware and software requirements must be met:

  • iPad Mini or iPad Air (WiFi)
  • At least 32GB
  • Apple iOS 6 or the latest version

Students with an iPad:

Students who own their own iPad, the device must meet the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

  • iPad 2, iPad mini, or iPad with Retina display
  • At least 32 GB
  • Apple iOS 6 or the latest version

*Please note that at this time the aforementioned iPad models support the current educational software and applications that will be required for use for the 2013-2014 academic year. It should be noted that the USF College of Pharmacy cannot guarantee requirements necessary for the future development of educational software or applications and upgrading your current device might be necessary in subsequent academic years.

Calculator Requirement

Texas Instruments 30XII Scientific Solar Powered Calculator

Recommended (but not required)

  • Smartphone (with wifi capability) or an iPod touch
  • External hard drive
  • Color printer
  • Web camera
  • DVD/optical drive (internal or external)

HIPAA Compliance

Patient confidentiality and privacy is of utmost concern, and will be up to the students to be cognizant of any and all computerized/digitized patient information and bein compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Therefore it is strongly recommended that students be engaged in encrypting their USB Flash Drives and enabling security features on their computer.

Recommended Warranty Coverage & Service Plan

It is highly recommended that you obtain a warranty and service plan that will cover your laptop and iPad during your years of study at University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy. The warranty and service plan should cover a four-year period. If possible, select an on-site service plan. If an accidental damage warranty is available, it is recommended to add that as well.