Technology Requirements

The University of Houston-Victoria and the RN to BSN Nursing Program recommend students have the following (Minimum) Technology Requirements: PC or Mac not older than 3 years old is highly recommended.

Client Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (32 or 64 bit) or higher 
  • Apple Mac OS 11 or higher

Hardware Requirements

Intel or Intel‐compatible Pentium 4 class 2 GHz processor or higher

Webcam 720p or higher

USB Headset microphone

USB Flash drive for data storage/transfer; 1 GB or higher recommended

Memory Requirements

At least 4GB of RAM

Hard Drive Space Requirements:

Minimum 10.0 GB of available disk space

Internet Connection:

A high-speed broadband Internet connection with 6Mbps or higher (DSL, cable, or better)

wireless not recommended when taking a test.


1024 × 768 or higher‐resolution monitor

Web Browser/ Software:

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Other Software

  • Adobe Flash Player (Latest Stable Release)
  • VLC media player. Download link for VLC
  • Up-to-date anti-virus software (free or paid)
  • Up-to-date anti-spyware software (free or paid)
  • Compression (zip) utility software (free or paid)
  • Microsoft Office Suite 2016 or higher (Office 365 version acceptable with Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

All students must have access to a computer and be proficient in word processing, email, file transfer, and literary searches. Registration is done by computer, all of the nursing courses in the RN to BSN program are on-line and departmental communications are all sent via the UHV and or the course e-mail server as appropriate. Specifically, the student must be able to:

  • Access course and program material through MyUHV Online Services, Blackboard, and selected publishers sites.
  • Use email and post assignments to course discussion forums and Dropbox.
  • Complete, send and receive assignments to faculty or other students using email and attachments/files.
  • Read/print email and attachments/files from students, staff, and faculty.
  • Use the VC/UHV Library online services for research and completion of course assignments.
  • Create and upload PowerPoint presentations.
  • Use appropriate software for the course/department (standard Microsoft products include MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint).
  • Submit word documents in the following file formats ONLY: .doc., docx., pdf.
  • Use an appropriate anti-virus application to ensure the files transmitted and received are virus-free.
  • Navigate and evaluate web sites.
  • Purchase of broadband internet connection and home computer is recommended.
  • While many students prefer the convenience of doing their course work on their own personal computer, computer access is available in other ways for students who do not own a computer. Victoria area residents may utilize the UHV Campus Computer Lab.

Canvas Support

Students are required to regularly access, navigate, and utilize e-mail communication and the online course site. Failure to access messages, announcements, or assignments sent or posted via these modalities may jeopardize the student's progress in the course and does not constitute a viable excuse for failing to meet course requirements and expectations. Contact Support Request Canvas Assistance Monday-Friday, as well as Canvas Support.

Issues with UHV email, login, password, mobile devices, and other non-Canvas technology contact Information Technology (IT), available by phone, 361-570-4399, by email at, or through the support portal, if you need more help.
Hours are posted at the link above.

[Amended by NPFC 08/30/23]