Academic advising assists students with recognizing and achieving their educational goals, developing an academic plan to meet their educational and professional goals, and understanding and interpreting the requirements and academic options within the School of Nursing. This policy identifies who serves as academic advisers for students in all School of Nursing baccalaureate and graduate programs.
Traditional Program Students
The Advising Center provides academic advisement for undergraduate first-year and sophomore students. The Advising Center serves as a pillar of support to guide students through their academic journey. Through partnerships with their adviser, students will learn the skills to navigate the complexities of a rigorous nursing program. The Advising Center assist students to successfully progress through their general education and prerequisite courses. Advising is an integral part of the student experience and helps students advance in the nursing major.
Upon entering junior year, academic deans provide academic advisement to assist students to successfully progress through the nursing major. They are also available to assist students with direction to reach their individual career goals. Academic deans also provide advisement for senior year.
Second-Degree Program Students
Second-degree program students self-register using special permission numbers (SPN) and registration instructions through the School of Nursing. Second-degree program students work closely with the academic dean of the program. Students should communicate with their academic dean of the second-degree program with any academic questions. They are also available to assist students with direction to reach their individual career goals.
R.N. to B.S. in Nursing Program Students
The director for the R.N. to B.S. program serves as the academic adviser. Students should contact their academic adviser prior to course registration for any academic questions or guidance to ensure successful program completion.
School Nurse Certificate Students
The director for the school nurse program serves as the academic adviser for enrolled students. Students should contact the program director prior to course registration for any academic questions or guidance to ensure successful program completion.
Master's, Post-Master's Certificate, Post-Master's, D.N.P., and Ph.D. Students (including midwifery and nurse anesthesia students)
Graduate program specialty directors or their designees serve as academic advisers for master's, post-master's, D.N.P., and Ph.D. students enrolled in each of the specialty programs. Students should contact their specialty director prior to course registration for any academic questions or guidance to ensure successful program completion.
Academic advisement for students who wish to take graduate courses without enrolling in a degree program will be provided by an advanced nursing practice academic dean.
The Department of Student Engagement is a layer of support for students including as it pertains to their health and well-being. The assistant director for Graduate Student Engagement (graduate student counselor or GSC) is responsible for the daily practical application of School of Nursing policy and serves as the front line for students within all graduate programs within the School of Nursing. The GSC forms relationships with representatives of various academic and student services departments within Rutgers University and refers students to those departments as necessary. On behalf of the Office of Student Services and Department of Student Engagement, the GSC coordinates the orientation programs for all graduate students and contributes to the planning and implementation of all other Office of Student Services programs. The GSC plans developmental programming specific to graduate students' needs in collaboration with specialty directors and graduate faculty. The GSC tracks and resolves student issues independently while using professional judgment to determine when issues should be escalated. In addition, the GSC is responsible for graduate students' student of concern referrals and inquiries. Serving as an ombudsman between students and resources, the GSC works collaboratively with the assistant dean to address and manage trends that have been tracked proactively through data to plan programs and processes with multiple campus partners.