Entry-level PharmD students are required to have the following to meet the University of Florida College of Pharmacy computer requirements:
All entering students must have a computer meeting minimum University of Florida and College of Pharmacy (COP) requirements as noted below. Students are highly encouraged to purchase extended warranties and accidental coverage.
All students must have or purchase a Privacy Filter for the computer or any other device screens that will be used for exam testing and in-class quizzes.
- Students may select the Privacy Filter brand of their choosing but two recommended options are 3M and Fellowes.
- Students caught not using a Privacy Filter during an exam or quiz, or using a privacy filter that does not meet the specifications of one of the two brands listed above may be excused from the assessment and the incident will be processed as an academic dishonesty violation.
Laptop Hardware Minimum
- Intel i3, i5, i7 processor or AMD equivalent
- 8 GB RAM
- 250GB Hard Drive
- USB port(s)
- 10/100 Ethernet Adapter and WiFi 802.11 b or g
- A USB computer headset defined as a head-worn unit containing a microphone and one or two speakers which connects to a computer via a cable that plugs into your computers USB port
- Access to a printer
- Windows based laptops should be purchased with a TPM (trusted platform module) – contact the manufacturer or retailer about a TPM
- A battery with capacity to sustain at least 3 hours of use when the power adapter is unplugged OR an optional extended battery to increase the battery life to at least 3 hours
- A built-in webcam OR external after-market webcam which connects to a computer via a cable that plugs into your computer’s USB port
NOTICE: MacBook Pro with the Touchbar feature is NOT recommended. If you already own a MacBook Pro with Touchbar, you are required to register this device with your Academic Coordinator prior to each Exam you take on the device. Failure to register a MacBook Pro with Touchbar may result in an academic dishonesty/conduct code violation
|Windows 10 Pro or Education (NOT home)||Professional or Education includes BitLocker software for encryption (see below); Home does not include Bitlocker|
|Mac OS X||OS X Lion and higher includes Filevault 2 software for whole disk encryption (see below)|
Keep Windows updated and patched.
Keep OS X updated and patched.
Additional software may be required for individual classes.
- Microsoft Office 2013 or greater (Microsoft Office 365 is free for UF Students)
- Alternative Browsers: Mozilla Firefox and/or Google Chrome
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Any update-to-date Anti-virus Software – COP IT recommends antivirus protection. Windows 10 has Windows Defender built-in. Some free software examples for Macs: Avast, Avira, or Sophos.
- Anti-malware software
Whole Disk Encryption
Incoming students are required to encrypt the hard drives on their personal laptops. Encryption helps to prevent unauthorized access of the data stored on your computer. This is necessary if your computer houses any Restricted data, which may occur during clinical rotations. Please check out our Student Encryption Guide for more information on how to encrypt your computer.
Please note: HSC and COP IT will not provide technical support for your encryption software purchase. Please contact the software manufacturer. If you are new to computers or whole disk encryption we highly advise the purchase of a commercially available product where the vendor will be able to assist with the installation of their software.
WINDOWS LAPTOP owners: Windows 10 (Pro & Education) includes BitLocker drive encryption. Since Home edition does not include BitLocker, we recommend upgrading or purchasing a laptop with Pro or Education.
APPLE LAPTOP owners: To satisfy the whole disk encryption requirement you may use FileVault. This program should be part of your operating system when you purchased your laptop. It can be found under the security section of system preferences.
Additional Security Tips
We expect our incoming pharmacy students to educate themselves and have a raised awareness of the need to secure their laptops in the Health Science Center computing environment. For more information, please visit https://security.ufl.edu/students/
- Never store restricted information (patient name, social security number, address, phone, date of birth, drivers license number, maiden name, credit card number, etc) on removable media such as thumb disks, memory sticks, or cd’s
- Never put restricted information in email or in an instant messages
- Never leave laptops or mobile devices unattended and unlocked, not even for a minute; they are highly desirable and very easy to steal
- Use a strong password (min 8 chars and contains at least 1 letter, 1 number, 1 capital, 1 lower case, and 1 special character) on your computer that cannot be easily guessed (don’t use personal information such as your birthday or family names)
- Ensure you have set an inactivity timeout on your computer so it automatically locks (requiring your password to unlock)
- Always wear your Gator 1 ID badge at all times; it helps us determine when someone else is in a place they should not be
- Your computer activity is tracked by HSC IT services
- We STRONGLY discourage Pharmacy students from using Peer 2 Peer software on their laptops (please refer to the bullet above)
- Register your mobile devices with the UF Police Department – Operation Identification. Also install the UFPD app, Gator Safe, for alerts and tips on campus safety.
Recommended Tablet – NOT REQUIRED
A tablet is NOT required but if you decide to purchase a tablet to use as a supplemental or back-up device, the recommended tablet is any iPad capable of running iOS 9 or higher. (See Privacy Filter requirement above, if you plan to use such a device for exam testing or in-class quizzes)