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
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
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)
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)