Congratulations from the Information Technology (IT) department on being accepted to Frontier Nursing University (FNU). It is very important to us that you succeed as a student at FNU. In order to be successful you must have the right tools.
As a distance learning program we rely heavily on technology, which is why it is so important to have the right equipment for your student endeavors. FNU requires that all students own a laptop and a mobile device, and have a high speed Broadband Internet connection. Although it is suggested that students obtain the highest quality products available to them, the following are the minimum technology requirements for the program.
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Laptop Hardware Requirements
|Component||The "Minimum" requirement is for a student who may already own a laptop.||The "Preferred" specificiation is for the student who is purchasing a new laptop.|
|Processor||Intel Pentium / Core 2 Duo Processor or higher
AMD Athlon II / Turion processor or higher
|Intel Core i5 or higher
AMD Phenom II or higher
|Memory||4 GB or more||8 GB or more|
|Hard Disk||20 GB of Free Space||Solid State Drive with 20 GB of Free Space|
|Video Card||1024x768 resolution or higher; 16-bit color depth or higher with connector for stand-alone display||256 MB dedicated to video memory with connector for stand-alone (extended desktop) display|
|Laptop Display||11-inch or better||15-inch or better|
|CD / DVD-ROM||CD-RW and/or DVD||DVD-RW/Bluray|
|Sound Card||Any type with microphone and speakers||Any type with microphone and speakers|
|Headset||Analog headset with microphone||USB headset with microphone|
|Webcam||800x600 resolution; 30 frames per second (fps)||HD or 720p resolution; 30 frames per second (fps)|
|Mouse & Keyboard||Any type||Any type|
|Network Hardware||10/100 Mbps Ethernet||10/100/1000 or Gigabit Ethernet|
|Operating System**||Windows 7 or Apple Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)||Windows 8.1 or Apple Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)|
Laptop Sofware Requirements:
|Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 8.1
Apple Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), or 10.9 (Mavericks)
Web Browsers that can be utilized:
|Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or higher|
|Mozilla Firefox Internet Browser
|Google Chrome Browser
|Microsoft Office 2010 or higher including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac or higher including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
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|Adobe Acrobat Reader
|Adobe Flash Player
|Windows Media Player 11 or higher
|Apple Quicktime Player
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Internet Connection Requirements:
Broadband Internet connection (DSL or cable modem); upload/download speeds of 1.5Mb down/768Kb up minimum (the faster, the better). Please test your internet speeds by running a speedtest at SpeedTest.net to determine if your internet service meets this requirement.
Mobile Requirement :
Courses at FNU are enhanced with media enhanced with media that can be downloaded to your mobile device. Additionally, your coursework will involve using applications on these devices, and they will be utilized in your clinical rotation. Therefore it is required for students to own a mobile device so that they may take advantage of these offerings. Devices that satisfy this requirement are:
Versions 2.2 or later
16GB or higher
Version 4; minimum 16GB
original (first generation) and 3G iPhones cannot be supported
Second Generation; 16GB or higher
16GB or higher
What’s the difference?
All devices offer internet browsing and handheld computing with third-party applications (“apps.”). The iPhone, of course, also offers wireless phone service. With an iPhone, users can access the Internet over the cellular network, but must pay a monthly data fee along with the phone bill. With a standard tablet, users must be connected to a wireless network in order to access the Internet, but there is no monthly fee. The iPad has an option for either.
Which one should I get?
Good question. It really depends on your personal preference towards an Android or Apple device. FNU supports both Apple and Android mobile devices and these mobile devices will be used throughout your educational career at the university.
Please bring both your laptop and mobile device with you to Frontier Bound. Both will be used in various sessions. You will have a hands-on, small group session with the IT Staff where you can ask technology questions and troubleshoot any problems with the devices.
If you have any further questions or need assistance in determining the appropriate equipment please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Support at (859) 899-2525. We look forward to helping make your student experience memorable and rewarding.
The Information Technology Staff