Please read through the information below on the UConn School of Dental Medicine’s laptop requirement for all dental students.
As one of the curricular tools, a school-required laptop will be preordered for each student and distributed during orientation. The requirement is in place to ensure that all students are using a standardized laptop that meets all of the software requirements for dental school at UConn. The laptops also come pre-loaded with curricular software chosen by the faculty.
Dental school exams are administered using electronic testing software. The school required laptop has been tested using the electronic exam software and meets the specified requirements. This will ensure that all students have uniformity in testing environments and that no one is at an advantage or disadvantage due to the type of laptop that they are using during the exam.
The UConn School of Dental Medicine uses virtual microscopy as part of the curriculum. Virtual microscopy allows all students to simultaneously view microscope images right on their laptop screens. The microscope images can be zoomed in and out of to offer for high levels of detail. The virtual microscope software also allows instructors and students to run digital slide conferences. This gives the conference leader the ability to display and highlight virtual slides on all participants’ screens. Because of this curriculum requirement, the carefully selected required laptop contains the hardware specifications of memory, processor, and graphics card needed to run this software efficiently.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The school required laptop is itemized on student tuition and fee bills. If a student receives financial aid, the cost of the laptop is included in the budget prepared by the Financial Aid Office.
For more information on the laptop requirement, visit the Library’s Computer Education Center website at: http://library.uchc.edu/departm/cec/.