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Technology Requirements

Software and 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. Additional requirements are listed for specific programs.

PC Users (Online or Hybrid Students)

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 operating system (presently not Windows 8 RT)
  • A minimum of 2048 megabytes (2.0 GB) of internal memory
  • A minimum of 1.5 gigahertz (1,500 MHz) processor
  • A minimum of 15 gigabytes (15.0 GB) free storage/hard drive space
  • At least a dial-up speed Internet connection (broadband strongly recommended—most courses are media-intensive)
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher or Firefox 5.0 or higher (Firefox is freeware, downloadable from the web)
  • Google Chrome browser (recommended for allied health programs)
  • Monitor resolution of 1,280 x 800
  • CD/DVD reading drive
  • Sound card with speaker
  • Webcam or phone video cam capable of creating 5-10 minute video files (required for EN 116 Speech)
  • Microphone 

Mac Users (Online or Hybrid Students) 

  • A 32- or 64-bit Intel-based Apple Macintosh with Windows boot capability
  • Boot Camp or Parallels (program required to run Windows on MAC)
  • MAC OS X 10.5.7 or higher
  • A minimum of 2.0 gigabytes (2.0 GB) RAM
  • A minimum of 20 gigabytes (20.0 GB) free storage/hard drive space
  • At least a dial-up speed Internet connection (broadband strongly recommended)
  • Safari 4.0 or Firefox 5.0
  • Monitor resolution of 1,280 x 800
  • CD/DVD reading drive 

Requirements for eBooks (Online and Ground Students)

  • Software Requirements: Windows users are required to install Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 and .NET 4.0

Additional Requirements for Graphic Design Students (Online and Ground Students)

All students will be provided with a student version of Adobe Creative Cloud (replaces Adobe Creative Suite as of July 2014). 

  • Students will receive information about the current Adobe applications from their instructor.
  • Flatbed scanner: 600 dpi x 600 dpi; size 8.5” x 11”
  • Digital camera with manual white balance, semi-automatic (minimum) or manual (preferred)
  • 5” x 4” (or higher) graphic drawing tablet (computer input device, drawing alternative to mouse)
  • 30 gigabytes (30 GB) storage/free hard drive space
  • 512 megabytes (512 MB) video card
  • CD/DVD burner highly recommended
  • 200 gigabytes external hard drive highly recommended 

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 Ground 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 strongly recommended for technology courses.
  • Students using a Mac in their technology courses will need to use a PC for any course using Oracle software.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher (capable of running Microsoft Active X Control) is required for information technology students. Firefox, Safari, and other browsers do not meet this requirement.
  • A minimum of 4048 megabytes (4 GB) of internal memory
  • A minimum of 1.6 gigahertz (1500 MHz) processor
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • Microsoft Silverlight 4 or 5 (running Silverlight supported web browsers)
  • Silverlight 4 browser support:
  • Silverlight 5 browser support:

Students taking NT 305 and NT 341 must have a computer with the following hardware requirements:

  • A 64-bit processor and at least an i5 Intel processor with VT technology (or equivalent AMD)
  • At least 12 GB of RAM
  • 300 GB free disk space
  • Network card

Students taking NT 320 must have a computer with the following hardware requirements:

  • A 64-bit processor
  • A wireless adapter or a wireless network interface card (NIC)
  • Internet access

Note: Technology requirements can be accessed on the Herzing Website Students taking courses in an online or hybrid format should have a technology backup plan in case their normal technology is not operable for a period of time.


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

Install Microsoft Office (487KB PDF)

If you have any problems installing the Microsoft Office, please contact tech support at: 1-866-508-0748 x656. If you receive a voicemail, please leave your name, student number, phone number, and the issue.

Please note that Herzing University or Herzing University Online is not responsible for any damage that may occur to any student’s computer to include 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.

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