Online and Distance Education

Computer and Internet Requirements

Technology Requirements

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 courses and program activities. Listed below are the recommended requirements for a system to run the software required in our degree programs. This information is intended as a guide for those who are considering purchasing a computer, already own a computer system or are trying to determine if they need to upgrade.

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 as technology changes,  you may need to upgrade. Please be aware that if you are applying for financial aid, you can request $1000 toward purchase of your system.

Computer Requirements:

    • Operating System: Windows 7 or 8 / Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Computer: Intel-based dual core PC or Mac laptop
    • RAM: 8 GB
    • Hard drive: 500 GB
    • CD-Rom drive: CD-R/RW DVD-R/RW
    • Sound Card: Built in
    • Speakers: Yes, Built in
    • Mouse: Yes, or touch pad
    • Monitor: 13" or larger Backup: External USB backup drive
    • Video: 1024 x 768 resolution or greater
    • Network: reliable high speed broadband Internet access (at least 1 mbps upload and download)
    • Audiovisual: webcam with microphone and speakers, either Integrated or USB-connected


      Required Software

    Software Developer


     Microsoft Office 2010 or later

    Microsoft Corporation

     Word (word processing software)

     PowerPoint (presentation software)

     Excel (spreadsheet and statistical analysis software)

     Avast antivirus - free edition

    AVAST Software

     Protection against computer viruses, worms, etc.

     Adobe Acrobat Reader 11 or later

    Adobe Systems

     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 Access:

    • An Internet Service Provider (ISP); please be aware that many companies and military installations have firewalls in place that prevent access to D2L.



     Web browser

    Internet Explorer v9 (or newer)
    Mozilla Firefox v20 (or newer)
    Google Chrome

     E-mail address

    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.