University of Nebraska Medical Center

Digital Requirements

All medical students must have a mobile device (laptop or tablet) with a camera. Cell phones are NOT an acceptable device for exam taking. The College of Medicine does not make recommendations for specific devices; instead, we encourage you to choose an internet-ready mobile device that suits your needs. Please review the supported operating systems to ensure your device is compatible with IT requirements.

Eduroam is the primary Wi-Fi service on campus. Follow instructions on getting this set up on your device.

Devices are used for:

  • retrieving and viewing lecture notes or presentation slides;
  • exams and quizzes;
  • digital note-taking;
  • viewing videos;
  • completing e-Learning modules;
  • and internet-based activities (research, email, web conferencing, Canvas).

If you have any questions or concerns about the device requirements, please send an email to the Office of Medical Education.

Other Device Information

Please review the following specifics concerning exams and network access on campus.


App Store: There are several apps that you have access to in the UNMC App store. A full suite of Microsoft Office is available as well as other useful applications for Windows and Mac.

Examsoft Examplify: For exams, you will be using Examplify. For set up, follow these instructions to download and install Examplify. This needs to be completed on the device you will use for examinations.

PollEverywhere: PollEverywhere is used in various lectures for in-class polling. To download this to your device(s) visit PollEverywhere and click on You're Participating.


Phase 1: Examsoft is used for exams. Meeting the requirements listed below ensures that your device is compatible with examination software.

Phase 2: NBME shelf exams are taken during your clinical clerkships (3rd year) and require a lock-down browser application at the time of the exam. For the NBME shelf exams, a university-owned device will be provided for each test taker.
Financial Aid

If the device you own does not currently meet the requirements listed, you will need to purchase a new device or upgrade your current device. The Office of Financial Aid will adjust your cost of attendance up to $2,500 to purchase a device, software, and peripheral devices.

Request financial assistance