Technology Requirements


Software and Minimum Technology Requirements

Students may be scheduled to take courses online or in a hybrid format, and some courses will be using electronic textbooks (eBooks); therefore the following are minimum computer system requirements for both PC and Mac users who are taking courses online or using eBooks. Students enrolled in the medical assisting, nursing, graphic design, or technology programs have additional requirements.

PC Users (Online Students):

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (presently not Windows 8 RT) Operating System
  • A minimum of a 2048 Megabytes (2 GB) of Internal Memory
  • A minimum of a 1.5 Gigahertz (1500 MHz) Processor
  • A minimum of 15 Gigabytes (15 GB) free storage/hard drive space
  • At least a dial-up speed internet connection (broadband strongly recommended)
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher or Firefox (Firefox is freeware, downloadable from the web)
  • Monitor resolution 1280 x 800
  • CD/DVD reading drive

Mac Users (Online 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
  • 2.0 Gigabytes (2 GB) of RAM
  • 20 Gigabytes (20 GB) free storage/hard drive space
  • At least a dial-up speed internet connection (broadband strongly recommended)
  • Safari 4 or Firefox
  • Monitor resolution 1280 x 800
  • CD/DVD reading drive

Additional 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)
  • 30 Gigabytes (30 GB) storage/free hard drive space
  • 512 Megabyte (512 MB) video card
  • CD/DVD burner highly recommended
  • 200 Gigabyte external hard drive highly recommended

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 Technology Students (Online Students):

Mac users will not be able to use Oracle 11g (no 11g release for Mac).  Student using a Mac in their technology courses will need to use a PC for Oracle 11g or use 10g Release 2 for the Mac.

  • A PC is strongly recommended for technology courses

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

Microsoft Office Install

It is very important that the following guidelines are used prior to and during the installation of Microsoft Office 2007:

Install Microsoft Office 2007 (1-page PDF)

If you have any problems installing the Microsoft Office 2007, 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.