Online Technology


Computer Requirements - Updated: April 5, 2021

Traditional Prelicensure BSN Laptop Requirement. Students in the prelicensure BSN tracks are required to have a laptop (PC or Mac) that meets minimal specifications to support learning and evaluation during the program. Students use their laptops for learning and evaluation activities that include online testing in the classroom (ExamSoft/Examplify), virtual simulations (vSim), use of an academic electronic health record (Docucare), and application of other software and technology products. NOTE: Tablets (and Chromebooks) are not supported by the ExamSoft testing package (and other select products) being used by the College of Nursing.

Minimum Technology Requirements (All programs)

System Age

  • Recommended system 3 years old or newer

System Requirements

  • Windows:
    • Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3/i5/i7
  • Mac:
    • MAC OS X 10.14 (Mojave ) or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i3/i5/i7 


  • Windows:
    • 8 GB(or higher) RAM
  • MAC:
    • 4GB(or higher) RAM

Hard Drive

  • Windows:
    • Highest recommended for the operating system OR 4GB of available space
  • MAC:
    • 4GB or higher available space


  • 1024x768  or higher screen resolution

Browser Requirements

For the best user experience [for both Windows and Mac]:

  • Required: Mozilla Firefox latest version (download)
  • Required: Google Chrome latest version (download)
  • Required: Safari latest version (download)

Internet Connection and Network

A broadband wired and/or wireless network card

  • Minimum high speed cable connection: 3 Mbps cable (i.e., high speed DSL, cable modem); 5 Mbps connection recommended for quicker load times

Other Software/Plug-ins

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader latest version  (download) – Required to view .pdf documents in your browser
  • Java latest version (download - Required for several features in Canvas Learning Management System


[For free software downloads to the above software and others, please visit: Mercer University Information Technology Licensed Software


Hardware Needed

  • Webcam (Built-in or external USB plug-in)
  • Speakers and a microphone (Built-in, external USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth)