Computer Requirement

* All students must pass  a computer literacy test during their first term.

Equipment needed

All students are required to have the following technology in order to enroll in classes:

  • A PC, (desktop or laptop)
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • A headset with a microphone to plug into the PC (If compatible with your computer, your cell phone headset should be sufficient)

* This requirement is in effect immediately.

Minimum Computer Specifications

To ensure the best experience possible, please make sure your computer meets or exceeds these system specifications.

Hardware Requirements

  • 4th generation (4000 series)  Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7  and newer or AMD equivalent (Apple computers from 2013+)
  • 4GB of Memory (RAM)
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better – Minimum supported screen resolution 1024×768
    • Hardware Acceleration is required to render the graphics.

Software Requirements

  • Windows
    • Windows 8.1 – 64-bit System Type
    • Windows 10 –  64-bit System Type
    • * Windows 10S is not a compatible operating system. Please follow these instructions to switch out of S mode. IMPORTANT: Switching out of S mode is one-way. If you make the switch, you won’t be able to go back to Windows 10 in S mode. There’s no charge to switch out of S mode.
      1. On your PC running Windows 10 in S mode, open Settings  > Update & Security  > Activation.
      2. In the Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro section, select Go to the Store. (If you also see an “Upgrade your edition of Windows” section, be careful not to click the “Go to the Store” link that appears there.)
      3. On the Switch out of S mode (or similar) page that appears in the Microsoft Store, select the Get button. After you see a confirmation message on the page, you’ll be able to install apps from outside of the Microsoft Store.
  • macOS (three latest versions)
    • 13 (High Sierra)
    • 14 (Mojave)
    • 15 (Catalina)
  • Browsers


Unsupported Platforms

The following devices and operating systems are not supported.

  • iOS devices (iPhones and iPads)
  • Android devices (phones and tablets)
  • Chromebooks
  • Linux/GNU based operating systems

All software should be up to date. Older software may not work properly.

You can purchase refurbished equipment from: TigerDirect (This is only a recommendation and not a requirement. We are not affiliated nor get commission from this company. Any technical issues related to your purchase must be dealt directly with the vendor.)

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Thursday, September 9th from 12pm - 6pm.
Tuesday, September 14th from 12pm - 6pm.

Updated COVID precautions

HFCN is updating its COVID precautions due to the emergence of the Delta variant. This policy is subject to change day to day depending on advice from the CDC and NYS.

1. If you are vaccinated, update your Castlebranch account with proof of vaccination. If you have already done so, that is sufficient. Staff and faculty can provide their information to Dr. Dolan or HR.

2. NYS has disallowed any religious exemptions for health care workers.

3. If you are requesting a religious exemption, you must submit a letter from clergy or religious leader, on letterhead, with documentation that the religious organization at large has been unsupportive of the vaccine. The letter must also document your membership in the religious organization, and specifically state which religious belief you hold that prevents you from having the vaccine.

4. Since most hospital systems in NY are requiring proof of vaccination from all patient-facing staff, unvaccinated students will not be assigned to a clinical agency with such requirements. If an organization can be located without such a requirement, the student may be assigned there if there are openings for students. Since NYS is not allowing virtual or simulated clinicals as a substitute for a live clinical assignment, such students will likely not be able to meet the required clinical hours, and will need to repeat the course when, and if, there are seats available in the following year’s course.

5. Students/staff/faculty with an exemption are required to have weekly testing at the site of your choice. Results must be uploaded to Castlebranch account.

6. Students/staff/faculty with an exemption must wear 2 masks, one of which is an N95 which the College will provide.

7. All students, faculty and staff must wear their ID at all times, and carry the college-issued vaccination ID at all times as well. IDs will be checked daily at security, and periodically by faculty and staff

Thank you.
Dr. Griffin-Sobel
President & CEO

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