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 X 10.15 or later

Hardware Requirements

  • Desktop or Laptop computer with Intel or Intel‐compatible Pentium 4 class 2 GHz processor or higher or 
    Macintosh computer with an Intel x86 or Apple silicon processor
  • Webcam 720p or higher
  • USB Headset with microphone
  • USB Flash drive for data storage/transfer; 1 GB or higher recommended

Memory Requirements

  • RAM: 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:

  • Firefox (Latest Stable Release) (preferred browser 6/22/2016)
  • Chrome (Latest Stable Release)
  • Internet Explorer (Latest Stable Release) (MS Windows only)
  • Safari 7 or higher (Latest Stable Release) (Apple macOS)

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:

  • 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 Canvas Assistance as well as Canvas Support, Monday-Friday. Issues with UHV email, login, password, mobile devices, and other non-Canvas technology issues contact Information Technology (IT), available by phone, 361-570-4399, by email at helpdesk@uhv.ed, or through the support portal, if you need more help. Hours are posted at the link above.

[Amended by NPFC 12/1/16; 08/01/2023]