Academic Advising Faculty/Advisor

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The process of academic advisement is one of information exchange, communication, teaching and guidance. The advisor should be the advisee’s most accurate source of information about the system at the Program, School and University levels. The advisor makes sure that the advisee receives relevant notices, is available on a regular basis for questions or consultation and helps the student manage problems that interfere with the student’s educational progress.

As a guide or consultant, the advisor has the opportunity to help the student articulate and realize some segment of her or his life goals. Advisors are responsible for and instrumental in guiding the student to plan and pursue a program of study that meets all requirements for graduation as well as focusing on the student’s goals. The advisor is more than a source of information about registration; s/he is a coordinator of a student’s entire educational experience.

Assignment of an Advisor

Each student admitted to the Graduate Program is assigned to an academic advisor. Advisors for Master of Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice students (BSN-DNP) are assigned by the coordinator in each student’s advanced practice area. Advisors for MSN-DNP students are assigned by the Director of Graduate Practice Programs in collaboration with the assigned coordinator. Advisors for PhD students are assigned by the PhD Program Director. After a student is assigned an advisor, the student should check to see if her or his advisor has scheduled office hours. If there are no scheduled hours, leave a voicemail message or send an e-mail message to the advisor. If the faculty advisor is away, the coordinator of the student’s advanced practice area or the respective Program is the back-up advisor.

Requesting a Change in Advisor

Graduate students may request a change in advisor by completing the Graduate Advisor Change Form. MSN and DNP students must meet with the coordinator in their advanced practice areas before making this change. Ph.D. students may meet with the PhD Program Director if they desire. The form is available in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Developing a Plan of Study

At the time of the student’s first pre-registration period, a meeting will be held between the academic advisor and student to develop and complete a Plan of Study. The entire program should be over-viewed so that the student has a context for her or his course of study. The investment of time needed for the program should be addressed so the student can make necessary adjustments to work or personal schedules to accommodate any unanticipated demands.

To assist in planning the course of study, the advisor will explore with the student both long- and short-term goals as well as any aids the student perceives s/he will need to complete the program. Knowledge of the student’s goals will help the advisor make recommendations of electives or courses to support the student’s goals. The advisor can link the student with campus resources that might be of assistance. The advisor will inform the student about how s/he handles advisement appointments and provide the student information about the advisor’s availability and ways s/he can be contacted.

The Plan of Study for first-semester graduate practice students (MSN and DNP) is submitted by the student to the Office of Academic Affairs at the time of the first pre-registration. The student and academic advisor will receive copies of the plan from the Office of Academic Affairs. Thereafter, an updated Plan of Study is submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs. Current plans of study provide essential information for planning course offerings in future academic years. Ph.D. students should have the advisory committees review their plans of study each semester. Their plans of study must be approved by either their advisory committee or their dissertation committee prior to taking the written comprehensive examination.

Signing Up for Classes

Each semester the Office of Student Affairs will notify students of the registration period(s). The Office of Student Affairs will assist students who encounter problems with registration.

Class lists, course schedules, and the course map are posted on the SON Website. Each student will schedule an appointment with her or his advisor during the advisement period to plan the next semester’s course(s) and update the Plan of Study (dated and signed by student and advisor). These forms should be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Updated June 2016