Computer Requirements

Our courses will require students to interact with their peers through discussion, video and interactive modules. Therefore, access to a computer with the recommended hardware, software and internet connection speed is crucial to online learning in the online Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

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Students must be able to access and change settings, including firewall settings. For this reason, the primary use of a public computer, such as a library computer, is not recommended.

St. Catherine University cannot assume responsibility for the inability of a computer to connect to University websites or course delivery sites. Students are responsible for keeping computers in working order and should notify an instructor immediately if a computer issue limits a student’s ability to fully participate in course activities.

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Recommended Computer Specifications

Computing DeviceA full-featured PC or MAC laptop or desktop, with a webcam.
NOTE: Google Chromebooks cannot run Microsoft Office, the university’s standard word processing platform, and may experience other limitations. iPads do not run all academic applications and should not be used as the primary device.
Operating SystemWindows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Pro (not RT)
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Mac OS X (version 10.6 Snow Leopard or later)
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ProcessorDual Core 2.4 GHz or betterDual Core 2.4 GHz or better
Hard Drive10 GB or more unused and available space10 GB or more unused and available space
RAM / Memory2–4 GB or more2–4 GB or more
DVD/CD DriveCombo drive (dvd-rom/cd-rw)Combo Drive (dvd-rom/cd-rw)
Internet Connection
(Unsecured WIFI, e.g., coffee shop access, is NOT recommended)
High-speed connection, such as DSL, Cable modem, ISDN, T1, or T3 lines, is recommended for all students and is required for any courses that include video or video desktop conferencing. Test your connection on SpeedTest Recommended download speed of at least 15 Mbps and upload speed of at least 4 Mbps. >link to (URL or PDF file location) 
Video Player
It is recommended that you have at least two video players installed on your computer to accommodate different file types.
Pick two video players from the list below:
QuickTime Player: Access Here 
VLC Media Player: Available Here
Windows Media Player (PCs only):
Download Here
Macintosh Media WMV Player: Flip4Mac (MACs only) ($29):
Mac Media WMV Player
Office Software
So you can share files electronically with instructors and fellow learners.
Microsoft Office 2019 Home, Student or Professional version.Microsoft Office Mac 2019 or later
Note: iWorks is not acceptable.
  • Google Docs (free with St. Kate’s Google Apps email account)
  • Office 2013 (Windows) and 2011 (Mac) are available for a reduced price from Microsoft for students at The Microsoft Store.

Technology Requirements for Incoming Students

Learners are Responsible for: 

  • Keeping computers in good working order and notifying their instructor(s) when computer issues interfere with their ability to participate fully in course activities.
  • Having administrative rights on their computers for software installs and the ability to control settings on their computers
  • Having access to broadband internet connection. We do not recommend relying on public, shared or business internet access, as these networks may not permit access to certain course materials or systems due to security settings or reliability concerns.

Additionally, if you need any assistance setting up your system, we are here to help!

Technology Assistance

Other Ways to Reach the Help Desk

Email: [email protected]
Text/SMS: 651-690-6611
Long Distance: 1-800-945-4599, ask for extension 6402.
Web: Visit ServiceNow for our Knowledge Base articles and service request forms.

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The Ultimate Guide to Occupational Therapy and OTA

Get answers to your questions about the field, about the OTA career path, and about St. Catherine University’s Online OTA program.

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