Computer Hardware, Software, and Internet Requirements

Access to and on-going use of a computer is required for all students.  Competency in the basic use of a computer is required. Course work and webinar attendance will require use of a computer and a broadband connection to the internet. Official university correspondence is often sent via e-mail and other services are provided that require access through the Internet.

Suggested Hardware Requirements

  • Intel Core i3 2.2Ghz
  • 4GB of RAM or more
  • 256 Gigabyte Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-R/RW Drive
  • USB ports (at least 2)
  • WiFi wireless networking on laptops
  • Sound card, and speakers or headphones
  • 1024 by 768 or higher resolution monitor
  • Printer
  • 100mbit or 1Gbit Ethernet Adapter for Broadband
  • Broadband connection to the Internet and related equipment (Generally supplied by the service provider). Cable or DSL highly recommended. 

Operating System

Because Windows 7 is the most widely supported operating system, it is currently recommended.

The Home basic and starter versions of Windows 7 not recommended.


  • Office suite (provided by the university)
  • Antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials recommended)
  • Updated Java and Flash
  • Firefox browser
  • A media player

Apple Macintosh Computers running Windows 7

Late model Macs have the ability to run Windows 7 natively, either on a separate partition of the hard drive or in a virtual machine. Students planning on installing Windows 7 on their Macs should be aware that this will take up a minimum of 30GB of space or a recommended 60GB and should purchase a hard drive with this in mind. Once Windows 7 is installed the OSX disk that came with your Mac contains all the necessary drivers and applications to allow for Windows 7 to function properly with your hardware.

Internet Connection

 A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.

For questions or more information, please contact our office.