Advising for the School of Nursing

Welcome to the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing (SON)! SON offers a variety of degree and certificate programs at the Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral levels to students across the state of Alaska. We look forward to working with you as you begin your career in nursing or continue your education in an advanced practice degree.


The goal of academic advising is to assist students in developing educational plans consistent with career/life goals and to provide students with the information and skills needed to pursue those goals. It not only involves telling students what they need to know, but also aims at enabling them to find things out for themselves. The University knows that academic success is often greater when students and their advisor share a good working relationship. It is important to know who your advisor is and to seek advice often, rather than meeting only when problems arise. All students have the right to high quality academic advising and the University has an obligation to ensure that academic advising is available to all students. Students are encouraged to utilize advising and are responsible for seeking advising. When seeing your advisor, please bring identification.


AAS & BS Advising


All students who apply to UAA and qualify for admission to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Bachelors of Science (BS) nursing programs are admitted as pre-majors. Admission as a pre-major does not guarantee admission to the nursing programs. Once you are admitted to the pre-major at UAA, you will receive a certificate of admission from the Admissions Office telling you to call Student Services to schedule an advising appointment; you will be scheduled with the first available Nursing advisor. You can continue to work with your initial advisor each semester, if you choose, or you can ask to work with the next available advisor for each follow-up appointment.

To Schedule an appointment with an AAS/BS Nursing Advisor call (907) 786-4550.
Mailing Address: 3211 Providence Dr. HSB 101, Anchorage, AK 99508
Physical Address: 3795 Piper Street, Health Sciences Building 101

Attend a group Information Session at the School of Nursing call 786-4550.  
If you are scheduled for a group session and need additional information call 786-4560 for recorded meeting time and location.


Once a student has successfully gone through the Ranking process for their program and been offered a seat in a Nursing cohort they  are considered a full-major student. Once you are admitted to the nursing major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor within your program by the School of Nursing's Student Affairs Coordinator. When you receive the assignment, you are encouraged to contact your advisor to set up a time with them for an introductory/baseline meeting. Faculty advisors are also encouraged to contact their assigned student advisees to offer this opportunity to students. SON strongly encourages students to contact their faculty advisors at least once a semester to build a strong working relationship. Please note that it is ultimately up to the student to contact their advisor for assistance/guidance.

In addition to your faculty advisor, Student Services advisors are available to address concerns that are not related to your specific program, for instance financial aid appeals, petitions, etc. The student may call (907) 786-4550 to set up an advising session with Student Services.


MS & DNP Advising

Potential Masters of Science (MS) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who call the SON Office of Student Affairs are referred to a Program Coordinator for advising. The Program Coordinator will continue as your advisor until you are formally admitted to the program at which time you will be assigned an academic advisor.  Additionally, information about the Program and the Admissions process is located under the program navigation links on this page.

Your academic advisor will be your contact for help with a petition, problems with academics, changes to plan of study, etc. The advisor will also help you find a Project Chair.

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