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Technical Requirements

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At Westwood, we strive to create a learning environment where students can focus on learning and not be troubled with technical problems. That is why we offer every student enrolled in an online program access to the Westwood Help Desk which is staffed with industry experts that are knowledgeable in technology and dedicated to your satisfaction.

Technical support

Resolving your technical questions is so important to us that we provide personalized support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's right! Even if you are studying at 3 AM and you run into a technical problem, you are able to connect to a live resource to help you troubleshoot your issue.

HelpDesk experts are able to assist you via telephone and/or email to give you a choice on how your issues are resolved. Course platform support operates 24 x 7 x 365.

Email the HelpDesk or call toll free to 1-855-581-7757 for all technical issues including problems with computer software, assistance navigating the Westwood.edu site and password issues.

Minimum System Requirements

Westwood College - Online Campus students may be required to upgrade hardware and/or software during their education.

Mac® users may need to install Windows® via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses. 

Each student must have access to a computer that meets the following minimum system requirements:



All School of Business programs
All School of Justice programs
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater
  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Windows 1GB RAM (1GB+ recommended), Mac 2GB RAM (2GB+ recommended)
  • DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)
  • 20GB of available hard-disk space
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Internet connection - broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)

Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.


Computer Aided Design/Architectural Drafting (AAS)

  • Microsoft® Windows® 64bit 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater
  • Dual-core processor, 2GHz or greater
  • Windows 4GB RAM (8GB+ recommended), Mac 4GB (8GB+ recommended)
  • 1,280 x 1,024 monitor with true color; Display adapter capable of 24bit color for basic graphics, 256MB; DirectX® 10-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3; OpenGL® 2.0 specification support
  • 60 GB available disk space
  • DVD-ROM/CD-R/RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)

Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.
Graphic Design (AAS)
Graphic Design: Major in Visual Communications (BS)
Graphic Design: Major in Web Design (BS)

  • Microsoft® Windows® 64bit 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater
  • 2GHz Dual Core or faster processor
  • Windows 4GB RAM (4GB+ recommended), Mac 4GB RAM (4GB+ recommended)
  • DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)
  • 100GB of available hard-disk space
  • Monitor capable of displaying resolution of 1,280 x 900 or higher, OpenGL video display adapter with 64MB Video RAM (256MB Video RAM recommended). Open GL 2.0 capable
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Internet connection – broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)
  • Flatbed (not sheet fed) scanner
  • Digital camera (available with course material)

Note: Visual Communications students may need to spend up to $200 on resources and supplies during their education (including, but not limited to: tripod, studio lighting materials, parachute [or similar cloth], and photo bulbs).
Note: Students who wish to use/purchase their own digital camera must meet the following requirements: Digital SLR or Manual Mode Capable, minimum 6.1 megapixel, 18-55 mm lens (or equivalent), minimum 15 sec to 1/2000 exposure capabilities, minimum 100-1600 ISO.
Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.

Graphic Design: Major in Animation (BS)
Graphic Design: Major in Game Art (BS)

  • Microsoft® Windows® 64bit, Windows 8 64bit, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater
  • 2GHz Dual Core or faster processor
  • Windows and Mac 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)
  • DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)
  • 100GB of available hard-disk space
  • Monitor capable of displaying resolution of 1,280 x 900 or higher, Direct X 9 and OpenGL 2.0 capable – 256MB+ VRAM
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Internet connection – broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)
  • Flatbed (not sheet fed) color scanner
  • Digital camera (4.0MP+ and not a cell phone)

Note: The requirements for graphics cards are dependent on the software used and may change during the course of a student’s education.
Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.


Healthcare Office Administration
Medical Office Management
Medical Insurance Coding and Billing

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows 8, Mac® OSX 10.6.8 or greater
  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Windows: 1GB RAM (2GB+ recommended), Mac: 2GB RAM (2GB+ recommended)
  • DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)
  • 20GB of available hard-disk space
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Internet connection – broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)
Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.

Information Technology: Major in Computer Forensics (BS)
Information Technology: Major in Network Management (BS)
Information Technology: Major in Systems Security (BS)
Information Technology (AAS)
Information Technology (AOS)

  • Microsoft® Windows®32/64bit 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater
  • 1.3GHz or faster processor (Dual Core recommended)
  • RAM:
    • 32 bit Operating System: Windows 2GB RAM (2GB+ recommended)
    • 64 bit Operating System: Windows 4GB RAM (4GB+ recommended)
    • Mac 4GB RAM (4GB+ recommended)
  • DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)
  • 25GB of available hard-disk space
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Internet connection – broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)

Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.

Interior Design (BS)

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 64bit, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater
  • Processor: Dual core 2GHz or faster
  • Windows 4GB RAM (8GB+ recommended). Mac: 4GB (8GB+ recommended)
  • Monitor capable of displaying resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 or higher
  • DVD-ROM(DVD-RW/CD-RW recommended)
  • 60GB of AVAILABLE hard-disk space
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Internet connection – broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)
  • Flatbed (not sheet fed) color scanner and regular format printer

Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.


Software Development: Major in Game Software Development (BS)

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.6.8
  • Processor: P4/AMD 3GHz or Intel Core2 2GHz+
  • Windows 2GB RAM (4GB+ recommended), Mac 4GB (4GB+ recommended)
  • Monitor capable of displaying resolution of 1,280 x 768 or higher
  • DVD-ROM(DVD-RW/CD-RW recommended)
  • 40GB of available hard-disk space
  • Speakers/headphones
  • Internet connection – broadband (DSL, cable, satellite)
  • Regular format printer

Note: Mac® users may need to install Windows via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.