An academic advisor is the first person of contact a student reaches out to with questions regarding their education. Upon admission to UAB, each student is assigned an advisor on their BlazerNet page. Making contact with them is just one click away.
Lauren Tancock graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in English and History and then obtained her MA in History while studying as an international student at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Lauren joined the School of Nursing in January 2016. Before this, she held multiple positions at different universities. She enjoys the time spent working with UAB students and faculty, and looks forward to working with current and future students to aid in their personal and academic success.
Kimberly White graduated from Boston College with a BA in French, and then went on to obtain her MA in Higher Education Administration. Kimberly held positions in experiential education and career services before coming to UAB in November 2015, where she served as an Exploratory Academic Advisor in the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center. She joined the School of Nursing in July 2016 to begin working with Pre-Nursing students. She loves working with students on the Pre-Nursing curriculum as well as collaborating with students to find ways to support their success both inside and outside of the classroom.
Why do I need an advisor?
You can rely on your academic advisor for information, assistance, and encouragement throughout your time at UAB. In general, he or she is available to:
- Help you identify your goals and develop educational plans to reach them
- Help you understand degree requirements, course selection, and schedule planning
- Refer you to resources across campus that can boost your academic performance
- Help you understand academic policies and procedures
- Provide information about potantial areas of study
Other assistance advisors provide
UAB School of Nursing (SON) Academic Advisors works collaboratively with students throughout their time at UAB by assisting them in preparing class schedules, monitoring academic progress, and offering guidance. Advisors also meet with prospective students to discuss individual programs offered through the SON. Some things your advisor can help you with include:
- Transition to College
- Academic Resources
- University Academic Success Center
- Supplemental Instruction
- Campus Activities
- Living on campus
- Campus Safety & Security
- Academic Path
- Transient Course Student Approval
- School of Nursing Application Requirements
- Volunteer Opportunities
- GPA Calculations
- Mass Advising
- Final App Turn-In Dates Development
- Areas of interest
- Goal setting
- Strengths and Obstacles
How often should I meet with my advisor?
You should meet with your advisor well in advance of registration to allow time to discuss your interests and goals, discuss your degree requirements, and review the courses you have chosen for the next semester. It is a good idea to meet with your advisor during each semester if you have questions, want to explore your options, or need to discuss any difficulties.
How to prepare to meet with your advisor
- Open Blazernet & familiarize yourself with GPS
- Familiarize yourself with School of Nursing Program of Study
- Prepare Academic goals and a list of needs
- Learn about the Nursing Application Process
- Know the deadlines for application
- Know your foundation GPA calculation
- Prepare essay, resume, and official documentation of volunteer work
- Have pre-req. advising check sheet sign by Advisor
Contact your advisor
Advisors are available by appointment in-person, by phone and by email. Students who wish to discuss detailed or complex topics (such as registration planning, lifting advisor holds, declaring majors, etc.) should schedule an appointment.
To make an appointment with your advisor, call 205-975-7529 or drop by the Student Affairs Office, Room 2M019K.