FAQs: IT

Frequently asked questions about computer equipment and other resources for students in an NUNM program. NOTE: These are helpful suggestions only – not mandatory to purchase.

Q: Notes
A: Most of our notes are on our Moodle page.

Q: Net Book
A: Netbook is not recommended due to its lack of processing power (slow). If you’re looking for a light weight laptop, check out the ultrabook ($799+) or macbook air ($999+). The MacBook air are rumored to drop in price to around $800-ish to compete with the ultrabooks. If price is a concern, most 14” pc laptops cost around $4-500, and weigh around 5 lbs. Another thing to consider is having a good battery. Power outlets are at a premium here. Students like to crowd around the power outlets.

Q: Smart Phones
A: Smart phones are getting more and more popular now-a-days. Some students use their smart phones during clinic shifts to look up drug interactions. If you’re deciding on a smart phone, try to stay away from a Windows phone and blackberry. The iPhone and Android phone have the best apps.

Q: Software
A: For ND students, the only software you might want to get is Radar. Radar is a homeopathic software that runs only on a Windows operating system. Having radar on your own computer is not required but convenient while doing your assignments. We provide Radar on the library computers.  Some graduating students do offer their copy of Radar for sale at the end of the school year. Another software you might be interested in is Epocrates. Epocrates is a drug interaction application that runs on hand held devices such as smart phones. Other than these two pieces of software, I can’t think of anything else. Both software are optional by the school but many find them to be essential for their learning.

Q: iPad storage and Computer Storage Size
A: The available GB options are 16, 32, and 64. Most students are fine with 32GB. If it’s for school ONLY, 16GB will work. It’s music and video files that take up a lot of storage space not homework files.

Q: Keyboards
A: Ergonomic keyboard – there aren’t really any keyboards on a laptop. You can get a laptop with a separate ergonomic keyboard for use at home. Keyboard size is relative to its screen size. A larger screen size laptop means larger keyboard. With a smaller keyboard, your wrists are more flared outwards. This will put more strain on your wrists.  Another thing, Oregon is tax free. If you do decide to come here, wait to buy a laptop till you’re here. No sales TAX!

Q: Galaxy Note
A: The Galaxy Note is still a phone more than a tablet. A true tablet does not have cellular reception or at least not a constant cellular feature. So the battery life is much longer on a true tablet. With a smart phone you only get about 3-4hrs of continuous usage. You might be able to get away with charging your old bar or flip cell phone once a week. Most users charge their smart phone every night.

Q: 3G & 4G
A: This refers to the speed of a cellular network. Pretty much 100 percent of the new smart phones are 4G and backwards compatible with 3G. Portland is a smaller market so the development of the 4G networks is slow. Don’t listen to commercials, they all claim they have the best coverage and speeds. In Portland, I believe Verizon has the best 4G coverage and service.

Q: Smart phones
A: Named the most important invention in a history channel show. It is so convenient: it’s a toy; it’s a tool; it’s an entertainment device; it’s everything you want and need.

Suggestions from CCM faculty and alumni

Q: Chinese Medicine iOS (iPhone, iPad) and laptop software commonly recommend.
A:

  • Yi Jing, a particular version
  • Pleco, another dictionary; amazing and low cost. There is a free version with add-ons, such as handwriting recognition, free and has various paid add-ons, including a Chinese medicine dictionary that is really helpful and costs about $50 with the student discount.
  • Pinyin typist for the iPad
  • Points, acupuncture app on the iPhone
  • Manual of Acupuncture on iPad
  • Brandon Brown’s Acupuncture Clock app
  • TCM Clinic Aid on iPhone or HD on iPad is something that many students like, but it’s *very* TCM
  • Wenlin Chinese translation software for laptops; costs about $80. The library has some terminals with it to try out.
  • CHANT database access get it through the institution
  • Peter Deadman’s electronic versions of his Manual of Acupuncture includes quizzes and such
  • Bencao for phone for herbs and formula information…it’s not great but helpful

Chinese Nutritional Strategies Apps

Apple platform