Online Learning at Iowa Central
Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements

All students enrolled in an online class will need access to a laptop or desktop computer to complete their coursework.

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

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

    • Microsoft Office (Iowa Central provides it as long as you’re an active student).
    • 4GB RAM minimum; or higher
    • 1024×768 or greater monitor and video card
    • Operating systems installed:
      • Windows 8 or higher
      • Mac iOS
    • 75GB or higher of free hard drive space
    • A current up to date anti-virus application
    • Sound card with speakers
    • Access to a recording device or a high quality web camera for SPC-112 (Public Speaking). Camera should be tested prior to the start of class.
    • Persistent high speed broadband connection, DSL or Cable. (Tethering won’t work)
    • Browser Software (Either one will work)
      • Google Chrome
      • Mozilla FireFox
    • Latest version of Java (Version 17) installed
    • Visit Help Desk Knowledgebase for other recommended software

Additional Requirements by program


Computer Networking and Securing Information Technology

  • Access to a digital camera or web camera to take pictures for documentation of work done
  • Additional working monitor, keyboard and mouse will be needed for computer kit (needed if you’re in the Computer Networking Technology program)

Digital Arts
Iowa Central will provide you access to the Adobe Creative Cloud software which will be used in many of your courses. You are required to have a computer that is capable of running these applications before you start your courses. Here are the minimum requirements for your device. 

  • You will need a device with 8GB of memory, 8GB of available hard-disk space for installation and an additional high-speed drive for media. (Please note, these are the minimum requirements and some applications may run slower.)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud can be used on a PC or Mac. 
    • PC Requirements 
      • Operating system of Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1909 or later 
      • Processor Intel 6th Gen or newer CPU of AMD Ryzen 1000 Series or newer CPU
    • Mac Requirements
      • Operating system of maxOS v10.15 (Catalina) or later
      • Intel 6th Gen or newer CPU
  • ChromeBooks, SurfaceGos and other tablet devices will not support this software. 

Additional equipment needed to complete coursework includes the following:

  • Digital Camera with manual mode – dSLR or Mirrorless and the option for an interchangeable lens
    • Camera can also be used to record video
  • Video Light
  • USB microphone
  • Art Supplies

At Iowa Central the professors focus on the success of the students, and with small class sizes it makes interaction with the professors easier. You are not just some random number in a class at Iowa Central. The teachers are always available and can respond to any question you may have in a timely manner.

Dalton Baker
Elementary Education
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