Technology Requirements

  • Students are required to have a laptop computer and a mobile device that meet the following minimum specifications.  Students are required to bring their laptop computer and mobile device to the onsite OTD Program Orientation. 
  • Laptop Computer. Laptop computer, with Windows or iOS operating system, is acceptable with the minimum requirements: 
  • Mobile Device. Android and Apple products are acceptable and must have mobile broadband capabilities. Microsoft products such as Surface, Surface Pro, and Lumia devices are NOT acceptable as multiple software applications required for the program are not currently compatible with Windows operating systems.  Please see below for example product: 
    • Android - Example products include phones and tablets from Acer, ASUS, Google, HTC, and Samsung. Android operating system version 6.0 or newer required. 
    • Apple - Example products include the iPhone and iPad of various generations. Apple operating system version 9.0 or newer required.
  • Internet Access and Capabilities:
    • Students must have regular and reliable access to a broadband (DSL, cable, or satellite) internet connection. We recommend a minimum 15 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speed.  You can test your current internet speeds at http://www.speedtest.net/. A dial-up modem will not be able to handle the multimedia format of an online course. 
    • Mobile broadband capability for the mobile device is suggested to provide an internet connection when a local wireless network is not available. 
  • Software:
    • Google Chrome is the recommended web browser and is required when taking online examinations.  Other web browsers that are compatible with Canvas are found at https://guides.instructure.com/m/67952/l/720329-which-browsers-does-canvas-support.
    • Microsoft Office 365 is required.  If you do not currently own a version of Microsoft Office, you can access a subscription for free at https://www.baylor.edu/its/index.php?id=871490by using your Baylor University BearID. 
    • All assessments, with the exception of certain lab exams, contributing to >5% of the final course grade will be administered via a secure-testing computer software. Students will download and register secure-testing software to their personal laptop computers during the onsite orientation. Tablets and mobile devices cannot be used for computer-based testing. 
    • If additional software or digital content is required for a course, it will be stated in the course syllabus to allow plenty of time to purchase it.  A variety of mobile device applications are required for use throughout the program.