Technology Requirements

Computer Requirements

As part of the acceptance requirements for the Master of Dental Hygiene program, students are required to have access to a computer with the minimum recommended configuration and possess at least minimum capabilities for computer literacy. Computer literacy is knowledge and understanding of the personal computer beyond word processing — the skill set necessary to efficiently utilize a personal computer for coursework. This includes, but is not restricted to,

  • installing and configuring software;
  • accessing the Internet (connecting via an Internet Service Provider);
  • utilizing Internet resources such as email (sending and receiving messages, subscribing to listservs, opening attachments) and the World Wide Web;
  • uploading and downloading files;
  • working knowledge of Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Word
  • a smart phone with texting capability for the online program
  • printing; and
  • troubleshooting common problems

Please note that the STUDENT is expected to possess these capabilities. If you do not possess these skills, and if you rely on others to do these things for you, then you can expect to experience some difficulties as you progress through your program of study.

Computer and Software Recommendations

Each student in the Master of Dental Hygiene program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is required to have a computer and Internet access. Below is a list of hardware and software recommendations. You are strongly encouraged to ensure your hardware and software complies with or is more advanced than, these minimum recommendations. Your professors will be using similar hardware and software programs and will expect you to use them also.

Answering Email

UTHSC policy states that email is our official means of communication. Students must read email a minimum of once a day, 7 days per week.

Software Requirements

Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus or Office Professional 2013 which includes the following programs:

  • Word for word processing
  • Excel for spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint for presentations
  • Access for database management
  • Outlook for email, calendar, contact management, and tasks

This software is NOT free. However, UT sells this product at a discount to students. For more details and pricing, go to

SPSS compatibility Please ensure that your computer is also compatible with SPSS minimum requirements

Antivirus software Recommended Microsoft Security Essentials. This can be downloaded for free at

Internet Browser Recommendations
The latest version of Firefox is recommended and can be downloaded from link iconInternet Explorer 9 and above are not recommended for use with Blackboard.

Reader for PDF documents
The latest version of Adobe Reader is available for free from Adobe at

Movie / Audio Player
The latest version of QuickTime, Windows Media Player or RealPlayer, all of which are free downloads.

  • QuickTime -
  • Windows Media Player should come already installed on your new system (if it is Windows)
  • RealPlayer - -- (Note: You want the FREE download of the RealPlayer program. You are not required to download their more expensive player.)



You must have access to the Internet via one of the following methods:

  • DSL
  • Cable Modem
  • Satellite


  • We do not recommend dial-up unless it is the only service available in your area.
  • If you are using AOL as your Internet Service Provider, do not use the browser that is integrated into AOL when accessing UT systems. This is often a problem. Instead, use AOL to obtain your Internet Connection and then use Internet Explorer to browse the Internet.


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