Recommended Computer Specifications

To Whom Does This Policy Apply?

These recommendations apply to all current and incoming students at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

Overview

Jefferson College recommends that every student preparing to enter the school own or have access to a computer that meets the minimum specifications outlined below. This will allow you to participate in all required educational activities at the college. If you already own a computer, please review the recommendations to see how well your computer matches up. If you are planning to purchase a new computer prior to beginning your studies, the recommendations below should help you in selecting one that will serve you well throughout your time at Jefferson College.

If you do not own or have access to a computer that meets these specifications, we cannot guarantee your success in your academic endeavors.

Note for Students Enrolled in Online Programs

If you are enrolled in one of our online programs, then you are REQUIRED to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications outlined below. Our online programs make heavy use of current online learning technologies to deliver content, manage student work, and provide interactivity between students and faculty. You will need to be adequately prepared to interact with these technologies.

No student will be denied admission to Jefferson College based on an inability to purchase a computer. Financial aid funding may be available to assist students with their computer purchases.

Computer Specifications

The following table outlines the specific Jefferson College computer specifications.

Component

Specification

CPU

Intel i-Series or AMD equivalent processor

Operating System

PC: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (incl. 8.1)
Mac: OS X Snow Leopard or above

RAM

4 GB or higher

Hard Drive Size

320 GB or larger

Additional Drives

DVD+-RW drive, external hard drive, and USB/flash drive recommended.

Networking

  • Ethernet connection.
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi capability (for laptops)
  • Broadband internet connection recommended

Webcam

Webcam can be built-in or external. While every student’s computer setup is different, in general Logitech webcams seem to work well with Blackboard Collaborate and other video-based applications. Visit the Logitech website to view their current webcam offerings. After selecting a model, be sure to visit other sites (e.g., Amazon, Best Buy) to find the best price.

Headset or Headphones

While every student’s computer setup is different, in general Logitech headsets seem to work well with Blackboard Collaborate other audio-based applications. Visit the Logitech website to view their current headset offerings. After selecting a model, be sure to visit other sites (e.g., Amazon, Best Buy) to find the best price.

Antivirus protection

Software

Warranty

You may want to consider adding an extended warranty and accidental damage/theft protection to your computer. Accidental damage/theft protection can usually be purchased through your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy.

Note on Tablet Computers

Although iPads and other tablet devices provide enhanced portability and functionality, they may not be able to meet all of the computing needs of a student. If you choose to purchase one of these devices, it should be viewed as a supplemental device to your desktop or laptop computer. We do not guarantee that a tablet will be sufficient to allow you to complete all of your required coursework.

Other information

Please see the document below for more information on Virus Protection and Security as well as Service and Support.

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