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Student Technology Requirements

Software and Minimum Technology Requirements

 

Students may be scheduled to take courses online or in a hybrid format, and many courses use electronic textbooks (eBooks); therefore, the following are minimum computer system requirements for both PC and Mac users.  These requirements are reviewed periodically and subject to change.  Additional requirements are listed for specific programs. Note: Students taking courses in an online or hybrid format should have a technology back-up plan in case their normal technology is not operable for a period of time.

Chromebooks, Phones, and Tablets will not work as a primary device. A Windows or Mac computer (meeting the specifications below) is needed.

PC Users (Online or Hybrid Students)

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 operating system (Windows 8 "RT" is not supported)
  • A minimum of 4 gigabytes (4 GB) of internal memory
  • A minimum of 1.6 gigahertz (1.6 GHz) processor
  • A minimum of 80 gigabytes (80 GB) free storage/hard drive space
  • A minimum of 2.5-megabit (2.5 Mb/s) unmetered (unlimited) Internet connection — most courses are media-intensive. Dialup, Satellite, and metered Cellphone Internet is unsuitable.
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browsers (Firefox and Chrome are freeware, downloadable from the web)
  • Monitor resolution of 1,280 x 800 or higher
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Webcam or phone video cam capable of creating 5-10 minute video files
  • Microphone

 

Mac Users (Online or Hybrid Students)

  • An Intel-based Apple Macintosh with Windows boot capability
  • Boot Camp or Parallels (program required to run Windows on MAC)
  • MAC OS X 10.11 or higher
  • A minimum of 6 gigabytes (6 GB)RAM
  • A minimum of 80 gigabytes (80 GB)free storage/hard drive space
  • A minimum of 2.5-megabit (2.5 Mb/s) unmetered (unlimited) Internet connection — most courses are media-intensive. Dialup, Satellite, and metered Cellphone Internet is unsuitable
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers (Firefox and Chrome are freeware, downloadable from the web)
  • Monitor resolution of 1,280 x 800
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Webcam or phone video cam capable of creating 5-10-minute video files
  • Microphone
  • Microsoft Office Installation (Online and Campus Students)

It is very important that the following guidelines are used prior to and during the installation of Microsoft Office.

  • Please see the instructions located on the Herzing website at
  • If you have any problems installing this software, please contact tech support at 1-866-508-0748, extension 10000.If you receive a voicemail message, please leave your name, student number, phone number, and a description of the issue that you are having.
  • Please note that Herzing University is not responsible for any damage that may occur to a student’s computer, including, but not limited to, hardware, software, file directory, or file contents as a result of student’s installing software or not having the appropriate hardware configurations for such installation.

Additional Requirements for Allied Health and Health Information Management Students (Online and Hybrid Students)

  • Students in the allied health programs should avoid using Apple Mac computers, as they have proven to be problematic when accessing publisher-required sites and software sites such as VLab or Connect.
  • Virtual Lab System requirements and AHIMA recommend the following software programs:
    • Java (Oracle Corporation)
    • Adobe Flash
    • Microsoft Silverlight
    • Citrix Receiver

Additional Requirements for Medical Assisting and Nursing Program Students (Online and Campus Students)

  • Students will need access to a scanner to upload timesheets and other course material signed off by a clinical site designee and/or proctor.

 

Additional Requirements for Software Development and Information Technology Students (Online or Hybrid Students).

  • A PC is required for all technology courses
  • A minimum of 16 GB of internal memory
  • A minimum of i5 or i7 Intel processor 3 GHz or better
  • A wireless adapter or a wireless network interface card (NIC)
  • Windows OS
  • A 250 GB Hard Disk Drive or Solid State Drive
  • USB 3.0 Ports
  • External solid state drive strongly recommended

 

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