Computer Requirements

To participate in online programs students will need a computer system with current specifications. The specifications below are designed for your benefit and successful experience.

Online learners may purchase UC-licensed software through the UC Bookstore Computer Department. In addition to your recommended personal computer, the College of Nursing provides online students with a Virtual Computer optimally configured for the UC environment including software titles such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, SAS, MindView, and more. This Virtual Computer is accessed using your personal computer and is recommended for accessing on campus student resources.

Recommended (PC or laptop) System Requirements

  • Intel i5 processor or greater
  • 8 GB RAM or greater
  • 250GB HD or greater
  • Video card with 256MB of memory or greater
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Windows 7

Recommended Apple System Requirements

  • iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with Intel i5 processor or greater
  • 8 GB RAM or greater
  • 250GB HD or greater
  • Video card with 256MB of memory or greater
  • Sound card with speakers
  • OS X Mavericks

Minimum Software, Browsers, and Plug-ins

  • Latest version of Mozilla Firefox (Mac or PC), Microsoft Internet Explorer (PC), Google Chrome (Mac or PC), and/or Safari (Mac or PC)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (PC) or Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
  • Current version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player and Java
  • Current anti-virus & malware protection

Internet Connection

Web Conferencing

  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Headphones (with microphone preferred)

If not using a laptop or touch-enabled device, you will also need a monitor and keyboard.

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  • Shannon said:

    Do you offer combined programs? I am looking to obtain both a CNM and WHNP. If you do offer combined programs, what is the curriculum like (ie. length) and tuition/fees. Thank you.

    • Monica Green said:

      Shannon, thank you for your interest. We do not offer a combined CNM and WHNP program. For additional information about each of our programs, feel free to call our office at (866) 225-6764.

  • Sarah said:

    I am currently using a mac book with operating system OS Lion 10.7.3; do I still need to purchase Windows for the online program?

    • Hi Sarah. No, you do not need to purchase Microsoft Windows for the online program.You will need to make adjustments to turn in homework if your instructor requires you to use Microsoft Office. Please contact an advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Elizabeth Obermeyer said:

    Any other user friendly tips on how to check my computer requirements? Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Elizabeth, an Enrollment Advisor is available to answer any questions regarding the computer requirements for the program. They can be reached at 866-225-6764.

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