Personal Computer Specifications for Off-Campus Students

(Adapted for MSN students—March, 2012)

If you are planning to acquire a computer to use for your classes, we recommend the following minimum specifications:

            a.  2.1 GHz processor or faster
            b. At least 2 GB RAM (most new PCs come with 4GB or more).
            c.  Windows XP (prefer Windows 7).
            d.  10/100 Ethernet and/or wireless access.
            h.  Microsoft Office 2007 Profession (2010 Professional preferred).

Please keep in mind that these are "minimum" specifications; more powerful computers  will provide an even higher level of performance. Contact your local computer professional if you need assistance in putting together a system that meets these specifications.

You will also need a 2 GB or larger flash drive.

After reading the information below you may wish to consult the help desk at Viterbo (796-3870) to clarify whether what you have at home is adequate for your needs.  If you are a MSN student, Nursing 507 Information Technology and Scholarly Activities, a course you will be taking at the beginning of your coursework in the program, will help deal with the "technology glitches" that may occur at first. You should prepare in advance with the proper hardware and software however. Post-MSN certificate students do not ordinarily take this course, therefore any technological issues will need to be worked out early in the first courses taken. 

 All of the computer labs on campus are loaded with Office 2010 Professional. If you are using Microsoft Office XP or 2003 Professional, you will need a "patch" from Microsoft in order to freely interchange your documents between Office XP/2003 and Office 2010. Documents created in Office 2010 can be saved as 2003 documents but not the other way around unless you have installed this compatibility fix. The Viterbo help desk can send this link to you if you need it. 

PowerPoint and Word are required for work in classes. As a Viterbo student, you can order the Microsoft Office 2010 software at a much reduced rate, by accessing: 

You must register using your Viterbo email account as proof of your enrollment at the university.  It is also the email address to which verification information will be sent that you need to complete the purchase transaction.

Lastly, the university does not perform maintenance or troubleshoot problems with student-owned computers.  Be sure you have your original system installation disk(s) and any warranty/repair agreement information in case your computer should need service.

Additional information, resources, and virus scans available at the helpdesk website : 

Updated:  March 27, 2012(Help Desk and Bonnie Nesbitt)

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