Academic Advising for Allied Health Students

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 experienced faculty and staff advisors to provide academic advising services to prospective, new, and continuing students. 

Why do I need academic advising?

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.

Preparing to Meet with your Advisor

1.  Apply for Admission to the University.  If you want an academic plan or the ability to register for classes, you will need to first apply for admissions to the University.  By applying to admissions to UAA prior to your meeting, your advisor can better assist you by tracking your admissions progress, develop an academic plan that is tied to your Degreeworks profile, and assist with registration difficulties.

2. Take an Accuplacer placement exam or have previous undergraduate credits transferred to UAA.  All degree programs and many certificates within the School of Allied Health have placement requirements or courses.  By completing a placement examination or having credits transferred before an appointment, your advisor can provide academic advising customized for just for you.

Additionally, many courses require either placement scores or transcripted courses in order to register. Completion of a placement exam or the the transfer credit process can decrease barriers to course registration.

3.  Schedule an Appointment.  Due to the busy schedules of our faculty and staff advisors, appointments are strongly encouraged.  By scheduling an appointment, you are guaranteed to have 30 minutes to an hour of dedicated, one-on-one time with your advisor.

 

4. Review Program Information.  In order to get the most out of your advising experience, it is helpful for advisees to be generally knowledgeable about their chosen career pathway and major.  By reviewing prerequisite requirements and program application or selection processes before your appointment, you can ask more specific questions about your chosen program.  

Many students have found it helpful to write down any questions or concerns you might have about your major and bring these to your advising session.

5.  Scout out your location.  The University of Alaska Anchorage main campus boasts a large campus both in the number of students and in its geographic footprint.  School of Allied Health program offices are located on the west side of campus, nearest to Lake Otis Parkway.  If you are new to campus, finding your way may be a challenge at first, so we recommend using a campus map to find your way. 

And don't forget about parking.  With the exception of the time period in between academic terms and Fridays, UAA enforces parking year-round.