Academic advising assists students in developing and monitoring academic plans consistent with educational, career, and life goals.  The School of Allied Health uses a combination of faculty and staff advisors to provide academic advising services to prospective, new, and continuing students. 

In general, health programs have very specific admission and degree requirements.  All students interested in pursuing or currently admitted to a certificate or degree program within the School of Allied Health are highly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to learn about their desired program of study including prerequisite requirements and departmental application processes. 

Who should I meet with to get academic advising?
Each department within the School of Allied Health has their own process for scheduling academic advising services.  Please use the contact information below to ask advising questions or to schedule an appointment.  If you have general advising questions or need information on who you should contact, please contact the Allied Health Student Success Coordinator at (907) 786-4894 or Lynda@uaa.alaska.edu

Am I a Prospective, Pre-Major, or Full-Major?
Prospective students are students who have not yet applied to the university or those students not admitted as pre-majors or full-majors in their desired program of study.  Most students within the School of Allied Health are Pre-Majors--students who are in the process of completing prerequisites, general degree requirements, and other special program requirements before being admitted to the full-major of their desired program of study.  Full-Majors are students who are currently taking courses in their desired program of study (i.e. DH, RADT, MEDT, DA courses) or have been formally admitted to their desired program of study. 

Dental Assisting
Prospective/Pre-Major Advising:  Lynda Hernandez (907-786-4894, Lynda@uaa.alaska.edu)
Full Major Advising:  Stephanie Olson (907-786-6929, smolson@uaa.alaska.edu)

Special admission requirements apply. Prospective students must submit paper application to the department including Dental Assisting Application, demonstrate placement into MATH A054 and ENGL A111 (or completion of preparatory classes), and two letters of recommendation.  Interested individuals must contact the Dental Assisting advisor to review procedures and requirement for admission.  

Dental Hygiene
Prospective/Pre-Major Advising:  Lynda Hernandez (907-786-4894, Lynda@uaa.alaska.edu) OR Sandra Pence (907-786-6925, pence@uaa.alaska.edu)
Pre-Admissions Advising and Full-Major Advising:  Sandra Pence (907-786-6925, pence@uaa.alaska.edu)

Special admission requirements apply.  Prospective students or Pre-Major Dental Hygiene majors must submit a paper application to the department in May for the following Fall admission.  Students should contact the Dental Hygiene program advisor for details.  

Fire & Emergency Services Technology
Pre-Major and Full-Major Advising: Roxi Valentine (907-786-6928, rovalentine@uaa.alaska.edu) OR Tim Benningfield (907-786-6476, tlbenningfield@uaa.alaska.edu

Students should meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes in order to determine the best sequencing of courses for their individual program of study.  Part-time students are welcome.  All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.  

Medical Assisting
Prospective and Pre-Major Advising:  Lynda Hernandez (907-786-4894, Lynda@uaa.alaska.edu) or Robin Wahto (907-786-6932, rjwahto@uaa.alaska.edu)
Full-Major Advising:  Robin Wahto (907-786-6932, rjwahto@uaa.alaska.edu)

Medical Assisting courses are offered in fall and spring semesters. A six-week office/clinical practice (externship) begins in May. Some courses are offered only once per year. Students should meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes in order to determine the best sequencing of courses for their program of study. Part-time students are welcome.  

Medical Laboratory Technology
Prospective and Pre-Major Advising:  Lynda Hernandez (907-786-4894, Lynda@uaa.alaska.edu) or Heidi Mannion (907-786-6924 or afham@uaa.alaska.edu)
Full-Major Advising:  Heidi Mannion (907-786-6924 or afham@uaa.alaska.edu)

Special admission requirements apply.  Students must complete departmental paperwork in addition to science support classes before entrance into MEDT A132.  All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. 

Pre-Pharmacy Advising
Prospective and Current Pre-Pharmacy (PharmD) Advising:  Deb Cieplak (907-786-4495 or dacieplak@uaa.alaska.edu) or Lynda Hernandez (907-786-4894 or Lynda@uaa.alaska.edu) Also, see the Pre-Pharmacy Advising Webpage.

Pharmacy Technology
Prospective and Current Student Information:  Roxi Valentine (907-786-6928, rovalentine@uaa.alaska.edu)


The occupational endorsement is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensure examination. Students should note that although this program has no age restrictions, the state of Alaska requires that all pharmacy technicians be at least 18 years of age prior to licensure.  

Radiologic Technology
Prospective/Pre-Major:  Lynda Hernandez (907-786-4894, Lynda@uaa.alaska.edu)
Full-Major and Pre-Applicant Advising:  Kathryn Slagle (907-786-4336, kslagle@uaa.alaska.edu
Full-Major and Pre-Applicant Advising: Robert McClung (907-786-6941, remcclung@uaa.alaska.edu)

Special admission requirements apply.  Students should contact the Allied Health Student Success Coordinator or Radiologic Technology faculty for assistance with course planning toward the degree.