Technology Resources & Requirements

The College of Nursing provides all students access to learning and record-keeping platforms. To ensure your successful use of these solutions, we've compiled a list of resources and minimum technology requirements.

If you plan to purchase a computer, some hardware manufacturers offer student discounts on desktop and laptop computers. Contact the UC Bookstore and other retailers for more information.

Doctor of Nursing Practice students should have:

  • A current computer that has a video camera for video conferencing
  • Microsoft Office (available to purchase through the University for a nominal fee)

If you don't have a current computer and need to purchase one, we recommend you purchase a MacBook Air. Students who take courses on campus benefit from our active learning and engagement environment, structured within the Apple ecosystem. To fully access these technologies, we recommend a MacBook or iPad.

For students enrolled in a BSN to DNP program, specialty courses (i.e. non-NDNP courses) will be administered via Canvas, which performs best on a computer that meets the software and hardware standards listed below.

Getting Started

Canopy & Canvas

Canopy is UC's eLearning ecosystem. It is an innovative, collaborative and student-centric portal through which you will access UC's eLearning technologies and resources, including:

  • Canvas, where your courses will be hosted;
  • WebEx, a videoconferencing tool;
  • Catalyst, where you will register for courses and view your financial status; and
  • Many more resources.

You can access Canopy at

To help you get started in Canvas, you will receive a pre-module in your courses with video tutorials on navigating and using Canvas' various, user-friendly features.

Additional Help

The Office of Learning Design and Digital Innovation (OLDDI) offers comprehensive IT services for the college. The team provides day-to-day IT support and operations management, but also leads the way for the college’s technology implementation and adoption. For OLDDI support services, contact the helpdesk at 513-558-5205 or

Technology Requirements

To ensure a smooth online experience, the College of Nursing generally recommends using a computer that is four years old or newer. Hardware requirements are based on minimum specifications for Canvas, Microsoft Office 365 and Kaltura Video Capture. Access to these tools is provided to all UC students.


Minimum Hardware

  • Updated Windows 7 or above
  • Intel i5 1.6 gigahertz or faster
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6.0 GB of available disk space to install Microsoft Office 365, Kaltura Capture and WebEx Meetings
  • 1280 x 768 screen resolution
  • Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later version with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 or higher for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update)
  • Broadband connection that supports 5 Mbps or higher
  • Webcam and microphone

Minimum Hardware    

  • macOS 10.10 or above
  • Intel i5 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 12 GB of available disk space to install Microsoft Office 365, Kaltura Capture and WebEx Meetings. HFS+ hard disk format (also known as macOS Extended or APFS)
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution
  • No graphics requirements
  • Webcam with microphone
  • Broadband connection that supports 5 Mbps or higher
  • Webcam and microphone


 For your program, you will need to install the following basic applications: