Students enrolled in any program within the College of Health Professions are expected to meet specific technology requirements. Compliance with these requirements will ensure that you can participate fully in our online course and program activities. Listed below are the minimum requirements for a system to run the software required in our degree programs. This information is intended as a guide for those who already own a computer system and are trying to determine if they need to upgrade. The other recommended systems (desktop or laptop) are for those who are considering upgrading their current system or are purchasing their first computer.
As you make your decision, keep in mind that given the speed with which technology changes, the projected lifespan of computer hardware is probably no longer than three years. A general guideline to use when purchasing a new system is to buy what you can afford, but keep in mind that if you purchase a system that only meets the minimum requirements when you enter the program, you may need to upgrade sooner than anticipated. Please be aware that if you are applying for financial aid, you can request $1000 toward purchase of your system.
o Operating System: Windows 7 / Mac OS v 10.7 (Lion)
o Processor: Any 2GHz dual core processor or greater
o Memory: 4GB RAM
o Video: 1024 x 768 resolution or greater
o Network: reliable high speed broadband Internet access (at least 1 mbps upload and download)
o Audiovisual: webcam with microphone and speakers, either Integrated or USB-connected
Microsoft Office XP or later
Word (word processing software)
PowerPoint (presentation software)
Excel (spreadsheet and statistical analysis software)
Protection against computer viruses, worms, etc.
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or later
For reading PDF documents on- and offline. This is a free download.
Web Browser and e-mail software
Browser: Access the Internet, course management software, and Gmail account.
E-mail software: access personal e-mail account.
Due to the rapid advances occurring in technology and the needs of particular courses, students may be required to upgrade or buy additional software during the course of the program.
Internet Explorer 8.0
Once enrolled in a degree program, students will be provided with a University e-mail address that must be used for all school-related communication outside of the course environment.
DSc/PhD Degree Requirements
Computer and Internet Requirements
Social Networking Policy
RFU Student Handbook
CHP Academic Catalog
Online and Distance Education Catalog