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All Physician Assistant students will be required to own a laptop computer and bring it to class on a regular basis.

Mississippi College does not endorse a specific operating system or computer brand. The computer requirement focuses on function and open standards. The following capabilities are required at a minimum:


  • Modern, network-aware operating system
    • Up-to-date Windows operating system, Mac OS Mavericks or above
  • WiFi Wireless network capability
    • 802.11n is strongly recommended
  • Sound capable with a headphone jack
  • At least one USB port
  • 720p or greater webcam
  • Long-life battery*
  • Printer**


  • Malware protection
    • Current, fully-patched operating system
    • Anti-virus software installed and up to date
    • Anti-spyware software installed and up to date
  • Modern, standards-compliant Web browser
    • Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Opera are good choices.
  • Standards-based email client
    • Must be capable of accessing campus email.
    • Some students may wish to use the campus email exclusively.
  • Standard "runtime" environment for Java programs
  • Software to read/write Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats***
  • Ability to read PDF files

* Laptop batteries have a limited lifespan. It is very common for students to experience less than one-hour battery life. This is a sign that the battery is old and should be replaced. Given the length of the school day, we strongly encourage students to replace old, failing batteries; and invest in a second spare battery. The Lithium-ion (LiON) battery type is preferred.

** Printers should be able to produce large numbers of copies at a low price.

***Microsoft Office is available at no cost for the duration of enrollment.