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Academic Advising Center

COVID-19 and AHS Academic Advising

The Allied Health Sciences (AHS) Academic Advising Center is committed to serving and supporting students, faculty and staff. Please note that it is requested (but not mandated) that individuals entering the Advising Center wear a mask in the waiting area. Additionally, students may be asked to wear a mask when entering individual offices. For your own, other visitors’, and Center advisors’ safety, we appreciate your consideration of this request.

Regional Campus students: Please refer to your individual campus information for making advising appointments.

Storrs-based students: The AHS Academic Advising Center will be available for in-person or virtually scheduled appointments. Drop-in hours have been suspended until further notice. Updates to this procedure will be posted and communicated as University COVID-19 communications unfold.

Making appointments: Directions on scheduling advising appointments vary. Please see important information related to making advising appointments and other information and procedures related to academic support on the 

AHS Advising Center COVID-19 page.

The faculty and staff advisors in our Advising Center equip undergraduates to make informed decisions about their education and health career goals. Once you are admitted to an Allied Health Sciences undergraduate program, you'll be assigned an advisor who will:

  • Assist you in meeting University, Department, and major requirements and admission requirements for our professional programs (remember, however, that it is your responsibility to make sure that you meet all requirements for graduation)
  • Mentor you to help meet your professional health career goals
  • Help you explore health careers to identify your goals, interests, strengths, and abilities

Current AHS Students: Please plan to meet with your assigned advisor for all routine advising matters including registration, course planning, signatures on required forms, plan of study questions, etc. Meetings are by appointment only and can be made using Nexus.

Prospective AHS Students: If you are interested in majoring in Allied Health Sciences or one of our professional programs, please watch our information video before contacting an advisor. Then, evaluate whether your question(s) can be quickly answered by email or if an advising appointment is needed.

Email: Please send general advising questions to alliedhealthadvising@uconn.edu to expedite a response.

Schedule a meeting: please access appointment scheduling information below under “How do I make an advising appointment?”

Note: During peak advising times (first and last weeks of the semester and during the registration period), AHS advisors may not be available to meet with prospective students due to limited availability.

What can we help you with today?

Is a career in an allied health field right for me?

Allied Health practitioners are health professionals who provide health services in a variety of settings from hospitals and doctor's offices to community health organizations, clinical laboratory facilities, and research laboratories. Six out of ten health professionals are in an allied health field, and allied health professionals are an integral part of the overall healthcare team. Selecting a major in the Department of Allied Health Sciences may be for you if:

  • You're interested in pursuing a health career but are unsure of your exact career path. By declaring an Allied Health Sciences major, you'll be assigned a departmental advisor who will help you explore career options and decide on the best path for you. This may involve selecting from one of our four concentration areas or staying with the more flexible standard plan.
  • You're planning to apply for one of our professional programs in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, or Medical Laboratory Sciences for your junior and senior years. Though not required, declaring an Allied Health Sciences major means that you will be assigned to one of our academic advisors who will help ensure that you meet all prerequisite course requirements for the professional program of your choice. However, remember that admission to a professional program is not guaranteed with admission to the Allied Health Sciences major.
  • You have an interest in graduate-level health programs including medical and dental schools or physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or public health programs. This also includes Master's- and doctoral-level research-focused programs like UConn's Master's and PhD in Health Promotion Sciences.

Next steps: Watch our Information Video | Make an Advising Appointment

How do I declare a major or concentration in the Department of Allied Health Sciences?

The process of declaring an Allied Health Sciences major or optional concentration varies depending on your student status. Visit our undergraduate admissions page for detailed information about declaring a major, changing your major, or applying into an optional concentration.

If you're interested in applying for one of our professional programs in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, or Medical Laboratory Sciences, please visit our supplemental professional programs admissions page for details about that process.

Can I minor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences?

No. There is no minor available in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at this time.

Can I apply to a major in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and still graduate on time?

When you apply into a new major, not all previously completed coursework may apply to the new major. The later in your academic career you apply, the less likely you are to be able to meet program requirements and graduate "on time." For example, it's typical for a student who applies and is admitted to a major in the Department as a junior or senior to require an additional semester or year to complete all program requirements. You may be able to use summer sessions to get back "on track." However, we do not recommend utilizing excess credit to catch up on requirements as over-extending yourself during an academic semester can result in lower grades and make you less competitive for graduate school applications or employment opportunities. You should discuss your plan of study and any concerns you have with your academic advisor as early as possible.

Next Steps: Watch our Information Video | Make an Advising Appointment

 

How do I find my advisor?

If you are a current UConn student, you can find your advisor's name and contact information by logging into your Student Admin account and navigating to the Student Center > My Academics.

How do I make an advising appointment?

Making an Advising Appointment:  

  • Prior to making an advising appointment, evaluate whether your question can be quickly answered by emailing your advisor or our general advising email at alliedhealthadvising@uconn.edu to expedite a response.
  • Students have the option to schedule a meeting in-person or virtually.
  • Drop-in hours are suspended for the remainder of the semester.
  • NEXUS appointmentsStudents are asked to make advising appointments in NEXUS. Students will have the option to designate their meeting as in-person or virtual; virtual meetings will take place via UConn WebEx. You will need access to a computer and/or reliable internet (i.e. cell phone) for your virtual advising appointment. If you do not have access to a computer or reliable internet, please email the Advising Center at alliedhealthadvising@uconn.edu to discuss alternate options.

IMPORTANTPlease choose the following option that fits your situation when making your NEXUS appointment. Note that appointments will be available for either in-person or virtual meetings. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH FORMAT YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR! Missed appointments for not understanding your scheduled format will need to be rescheduled.

  1. Advisee Appointment: Allied Health Sciences majors are asked to make advising appointments with their assigned academic advisor. The appointment link to meet with your assigned advisor has not changed. If you access the NEXUS system (i.e. if you do not use your advisor’s unique link), you will be directed to “Schedule appointment > search by name> choose your advisor." Then choose Advisee Appointment when scheduling an in-person or virtual appointment. These appointments are accessible only to assigned advisees.
  2. Non-Advisee AppointmentProspective students or students meeting with an advisor they are not assigned to are asked to make a Non-Advisee Appointment. Select “Non-Advisee Appointment”. The system will provide you with a list of available in-person or virtual appointments by day, time, and advisor.
  3. Virtual Only Appointments: Advisors will be offering virtual appointments when they are not physically on campus. This option will only allow you to make virtual appointments.

Note regarding virtual appointments: The confirmation email contains the WebEx link for the appointment. Please aim to arrive to the WebEx digital “lobby” a few minutes early in case you experience technical difficulties. At the time of your appointment, your advisor will admit you to the WebEx room. If you are more than 10 minutes late to the appointment, you will be required to reschedule via NEXUS.

Note regarding in-person appointments: Students entering the Advising Center are requested (but not mandated) to wear a mask in the waiting area. However, students may be asked to wear a mask when entering some individual offices. Your advisor will let you know if wearing a mask is requested. Therefore, please be sure you arrive with a mask. For your safety, other visitors, and Center advisors, we appreciate your consideration of this request.

Meet Our Advisors

Lauren Wilson, MA, ASCP (CP)(MB)
Lecturer
Director, Advising Center
Director, AHS Academic Programs

lauren.wilson@uconn.edu

Adeleye Adaralegbe, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor & Academic Advisor
adeleye.adaralegbe@uconn.edu

Paul Bureau, MS, CIH
Lecturer & Academic Advisor
Director, Occupational Health & Safety Online Certificate Program
paul.bureau@uconn.edu

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Cheryl Eckert, MS
Lecturer & Academic Advisor
cheryl.eckert@uconn.edu

 

Tamara Kaliszewski, MSHS, PA
Lecturer & Academic Advisor, Waterbury campus
tamara.kaliszewski@uconn.edu

 

Amy McKeon, MA
Academic Advisor
amy.mckeon@uconn.edu

Janet Rochester, MS
Lecturer & Academic Advisor
Director, Hawley Armory Fitness Programs
janet.rochester@uconn.edu