Program Navigation & Advising

Choosing the perfect career path and academic program can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. Here at UAA, we understand the challenges you may face along this journey. That's why we take pride in offering a diverse group of dedicated professionals who are ready to support you at every step.

We acknowledge that it might be perplexing to identify the right person to approach for assistance. To make this process easier for prospective, incoming, and current students, we have prepared detailed descriptions and contact lists below. These valuable resources will guide you in finding the most suitable help, tailored to your stage in the UAA journey and specific questions you may have. Feel free to reach out and let us be a part of your successful academic and professional journey.


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Program Navigator

Program Navigators are department faculty with more intimate knowledge of program-specific curriculum, requirements, and pre-requisites. They are available to speak with prospective or current students who are getting more serious about a specific program. 

Discussion Topics/Services:

  • Discuss if the degree program and career is the right choice for you
  • Gain an understanding of program flow, course sequencing, and course descriptions
  • Gain an understanding of life while in the program
  • Ensure you are prepared to apply to programs
  • Ensure you have necessary prerequisites for key courses and program application
  • Discover opportunities and student clubs

Contact information:

Program Program Navigator Contact
Dental Assisting Stephanie Olson
Dental Hygiene Carri Shamburger
Dietetics Amy Urbanus
Health, Physical Education & Recreation (Kinesiology) Eric Oba 
Occupational Therapy Carey Moore
Physical Therapist Assistant LeeAnne Carrothers
Speech-Language Pathology Karen Gallagher


Academic Advisors

Academic advisors can help you develop educational plans that are consistent with your career and life goals, and assist you in completing your chosen program quickly and successfully. They are available to help you navigate the registration system as well as other academic university processes. Learn more about UAA Academic Advising

Discussion Topics/Services:

  • Determine specific courses you should register in
  • Academic documentation, petitions, overrides and appeals
  • Change of major/minor
  • Checking in on degree progress
  • Help with account holds and problems with registration

Contact information:

Programs Advisor Contact Online Scheduler
Medical Assisting
Surgical Technology
Carey Brown
Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with Carey (requires UAA login)
Medical Office Coding Jennifer Spencer
Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with Jennifer (requires UAA login)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Medical Laboratory Science
Radiologic Technology (pre-major)
Kara Hopkins
Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with Kara (requires UAA login) 
Fire and Emergency Services Tory Volden
Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with Tory (requires UAA login)
Physical Therapist Assistant
Jonathan Nichols
Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with Jonathan (requires UAA login)
Dental Hygiene
Andrea Hudson
Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with Andrea (requires UAA login)
Dental Assisting
Dr. LeeAnne Carrothers
Assistant Dean