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Technology Requirements

All students enrolled in the 8 Week Online Programs will need access to a laptop or desktop computer to complete their coursework.

Below are the minimum hardware and software requirements for enrollment in the 8 Week Online program. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact your Online Enrollment Representative.

  • Microsoft Office 2016 highly recommended (Iowa Central provides it as long as you’re an active student with Iowa Central)
  • 4GB RAM minimum; or higher
  • 1024×768 or greater monitor and video card
  • 75GB or higher of free hard drive space
  • A current up to date anti-virus application
  • DVD ROM drive for course material(s)
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Access to a digital camera or web camera to take pictures for documentation of work done
  • Access to a recording device or a high quality web cam for SPC-112 (web cam should be tested prior to the start of class)
  • Operating systems installed:
    • Windows 8 or higher
    • Mac iOS
  • Persistent high speed broadband connection (DSL or Cable) (Dial-up/Modem Connection won’t work for these courses. Tethering also won’t work)
  • Browser Software (Either one will work)
    • Google Chrome
    • Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest version of Java (Version 8 Update 131) installed
  • Latest version of Flash (Version installed
  • Click on the link to see other recommended software (Help Desk Knowledgebase)
  • Additional working monitor, keyboard and mouse will be needed for computer kit (needed if you’re in the CNT program)