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Midwifery Education Program
The following courses can be found at the myDownstate site.
Distance Learning Courses: (Students are required to attend one on campus day at the beginning of each online course.)
All of the remaining midwifery courses are web enhanced.
Recommended minimum computing platform for accessing course materials on PRIME utilizing a laptop:
Processor: Minimum- CPU speed of 1.7 Ghz or faster; Recommended - 2.0 GHz or faster
Hard Drive: At least 250 Gb hard drive capacity; at least 80 Gb free drive space after installation of operating system(s), programs and files
System Memory (RAM): Minimum - At least 4 Gb; Recommended - 4 Gb or more
Windows operating system-based laptops:
Mac OS X operating system-based laptops:
Video system capable of displaying 24-bit color;
Video card/processor with 256 Mb or more of its own video ram (VRAM)
Internet Connection: “Broadband” connections such as cable, DSL, fiber optic or satellite will prove satisfactory.
NOTE: both wired (Ethernet) and wireless (Wi-Fi) networking capability are required
100 Mb/sec or faster Ethernet port
1 Gb/sec (Gigabit) Ethernet
Ethernet cable, 5 ft
Security: Users are strongly urged to purchase/maintain licensed antiviral & internet security software from major vendors such as McAfee, Symantec (Available free to on-campus users) or Trend Micro. Users running Microsoft Windows should choose the “automatic” option for Windows Update, which keeps user machines secure by periodically updating key operating system files as they are released by Microsoft..
Web Browsers: Internet Explorer (8.0 or greater), Firefox or Google Chrome — Note: some browsers such as Apple Safari or Google Chrome may not function properly with all systems in use at Downstate.
Battery Life of Lap Tops used during class: 4–5 hour battery or 3 hour battery life with spare battery