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The School of Nursing provides students with a strong program of quality academic advisement – both from the faculty and the advising staff. The mission of academic advising in the department is to serve students in the ongoing process of assisting them in the attainment of their educational goals through the development and evaluation of their educational plans.

Advisors are involved in helping students coordinate their learning experiences through the planning of their educational – as well as their career – objectives, based on the abilities and academic progress of each student. Academic advising should also act as a referral for students to other campus agencies (Career Services, Academic Services, etc.)

We highly encourages students to meet with their advisor on a regular basis – during advance registration periods and whenever they may have questions regarding their academics or career goals. Students are also highly encouraged to follow their planned program of study, taking courses as specified at the correct time in their academic career. This can help to avoid missed courses, conflicting courses, and other problems that may arise as they get close to graduation.

Your advisor can:

  • Assist you with monitoring your academic progress and offer suggestions on how you might seek assistance when necessary;
  • Interpret academic policies, procedures, and requirements;
  • Help you consider other educational opportunities in addition to your coursework (volunteering, study abroad, campus organizations, etc.) and refer you to University offices which might also assist you;
  • Be a mentor.

As an advisee you should:

  • Contact your advisor and schedule an appointment when required or when you need assistance;
  • Become knowledgeable about the University, your College, and your academic program;
  • Prepare for advisement sessions (think about what you want to take BEFORE meeting with your advisor) and bring appropriate information and materials;
  • Follow-through on recommendations, referrals, and tasks discussed in your advisement session and ASK QUESTIONS if you aren't clear about something;
  • Meet with your advisor at least once a semester;
  • Understand that you are ultimately responsible for the academic choices and decisions you make.

Helpful Hints for Advisement Appointments

  1. Avoid waiting until the last minute to make an appointment with your advisor. Your advisor has many advisees to see. Be aware of registration deadlines (Free Drop/Add, 8-week deadline).
  2. Go to the appointment prepared. It may help to ask yourself:
    • Why did I schedule this appointment?
    • Have I remembered to bring any necessary materials and a list of questions?
  3. Arrive on time! Double check the location of your advisor's office. Keep his/her phone number and/or the department's phone number handy, just in case you're running late and need to let someone know.
  4. Don't be afraid to bring up sensitive issues (e.g., failing a class, financial and/or personal problems). Tell your advisor about things that may be affecting your ability to do your best.
  5. Remember to thank your advisor for his/her time. This may seem obvious, but it is especially important if he/she has written a recommendation, sent you information about a special scholarship, or hooked you up with that internship you have been dreaming of!
  6. Finally, make sure you follow-up on any referrals that your advisor has given you (e.g., writing center, tutoring, counseling center, study abroad).

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