LPN-RN Online Technical Requirements

Brightspace, a Web-based LMS application supports the following list of browsers that are the latest or most recent versions that are tested against new versions of D2L products.

Other browsers and operating systems may work well, however, the listed configurations are the only configurations that are tested and supported by Brightspace.



Students enrolled in the nursing program must have access to a computer on a daily basis and be able to create, submit, and retrieve documents and documentation electronically.

Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) recognizes individuals have choices when selecting a computer: a Windows Based Computer (PC = personal computer such as Dell, HP, etc.) or a Macintosh (MAC= Apple brand) etc. However, it should be understood that the college is primarily a “PC” campus and is best able to support “PC” computers.

Students officially enrolled at ACM are eligible to purchase computers at a student discount by completing directions at: http://www.delluniversity.com/

Office 365 is the most prevalent office suite software package used on campus. Some courses and external testing websites used in the nursing curriculum will require the use of specific tools, such as Power Point or Excel, found in the Office 365 suite.  Therefore, it is highly recommended students use Office 365 products for coursework.



A computer that meets the specifications below is recommended. 

Note: 3rd Party Proctoring and their requirements for testing do not support:

  • Microsoft Edge browser
  • Google Chromebooks (for Live Proctoring only)
  • Tablets (Nexus, iPad, Tab, Note, etc.)
  • Smartphones
  • Linux operating systems
  • Windows 10 in S mode or Surface RT
  • Connecting from within a virtual machine. You will be asked to reconnect using your host operating system to take your exam
  • Apple Boot Camp
  • Remote Access Software
  • Inactive Version of Windows and Test Builds/Test Mode 


Technology Requirements
Internet Connection: Wifi or high-speed Internet connection Connection
Processor: Quad-core
Memory: Minimum 4 GB, Recommended 16 GB
Operating System: Windows 10
Mac OS 10.13 and later
Browser: Firefox (latest version)
Chrome (latest version)
Safari (latest version)
Edge (latest version)
Hardware: Microphone
Web Camera
Other Requirements: Office 365
Note: Some courses and external testing websites used in the nursing curriculum will require the use of specific tools, such as a Video Player, PDF Reader, Anti-Virus Software, and/or access to a printer.


Technical Assistance
As an ACM student, you can contact the Help Desk for information or technical assistance: 301-784-4357,  or Contact the Information Center or CHAT Live (Chat Hours are Mon-Fri: 12-5pm EDT)    

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