Technology Requirements

Some of the basic knowledge requirements:

  • Use email to correspond with faculty, staff, and students
  • Access, create, and save documents in Microsoft Office formats
  • Browse the Web including downloading and installing common plug-ins and configuring common browser options

You must have direct access to a computer with the following minimum requirements:


  • A PC running Microsoft Windows Operating System (XP, Windows 7 or newer; Mac OS X or newer with the operating system's minimum requirements for processor, memory, and hard drive (See the Microsoft or Apple website for minimum requirements)
  • 1280 x 1024 monitor with a 16-bit or greater video card (24-bit preferred)
  • DVD-ROM drive or CD-ROM drive
  • Sound card with speakers/headphones (and microphone for selected courses)
  • Webcam/digital video camera for select courses
  • Processor (Central Processing Unit) - minimum 2GHz CPU
  • Storage (hard drive) - minimum 250 Gigabytes
  • At least 10.0 GB of free hard-drive space
  • RAM (Random Access Memory) minimum 4+ Gigabyte (8+ Gigabyte preferred)


  • A Microsoft Windows Operating System (XP, Windows 7 or newer) or Mac (OS X or newer; Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave most reliable
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (or higher) or other word processor that can save in .doc file format
  • Minimum Browser requirements: Firefox (FF 64 or higher), Google Chrome (C71 or higher), Safari (S11 or higher), Internet Explorer (11 or higher), Edge (17 or higher)
  • Adobe Reader 8.0 or a more recent version (free download)
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or greater (free download)
  • Silverlight 5 or greater (free download)
  • Skype Messenger (free download)

Email and Internet:

  • A computer that can access and all links provided within that site.
  • An email address for account creation and communication
  • An Internet service provider (ISP)
  • A dedicated, reliable 750 Kbps or faster Internet connection
  • Note: Satellite-based or cell phone "hot spot" based connections are typically unstable