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 during these unprecedented times! While we cannot meet with you in person, we want you to know that we are here for you! The AHS Academic Advising Center will be available remotely for scheduled appointments during the Fall 2020 semester; drop-in (in-person) hours have been suspended for Fall 2020. 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're interested in pursuing an Allied Health Sciences major, please plan to attend an Info Session before requesting to meet with an advisor as your advising appointment will be much more focused and productive. After the Info Session, please e-mail email@example.com to request an appointment. Note: During peak advising times, AHS advisors may not be available to meet with prospective students as they will be focused on current students.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Our Advisors
Susan Gregoire, PhD, RRT
Director, Advising Center
Director, AHS Academic Programs
Tamara Kaliszewski, MSHS, PA
Lecturer & Academic Advisor, Waterbury campus