Academic Advising & Coaching

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This is a big step, but you don’t have to take it alone.

Some students have their hearts set on a certain path, some aren’t sure which direction to go, and others might fall somewhere in between. For over 60 years, we have been working with students to find an educational path that leads them to a life-changing career. Our Academic Advisors can help take your passion and turn it into a profession.

Not sure where to start or thinking of changing majors? Attend an Information Session or Application Workshop and get all the info you need.

The Pre-Professional Nursing Program has minimum requirements and eligibility in order to declare the major. Visit the Prerequisites and Pre-Nursing page to learn more. Students unable to meet the Pre-Nursing requirements are encouraged to with the Pre-Health Advising Center for advising until they are eligible to declare Pre-Nursing or apply to the BSN program.

Additional questions can be sent to or you can call 520-626-3808.

Academic Advising Appointments

Meeting with an academic advisor is possible through a variety of avenues and modalities:

  • In person academic advising appointments are available to all College of Nursing students and prospective students. All appointments are 30 minutes, and take place in the College of Nursing room 112 or over the phone. Please review all relevant information and prepare questions before scheduling a meeting, so that we may best assist you with your specific detailed questions. Please call 520.626.3808 to select an advising appointment time.
    • For extensive questions or longer sessions, such as full degree planning or in-depth prerequisite reviews, we recommend utilizing this in-person advising option.
  • Drop-in advising on main campus is available to all students, of all majors. These occur every Wednesday from 10:30am-12:30pm during the Fall and Spring semesters, barring holidays. All appointments take place in the Cholla room (3rd floor of the Student Union, inside Cactus Grill). Please review all relevant information to your question prior to dropping in for your quick advising meeting.
  • Drop-in advising virtually, via Zoom, is available to all students, of all majors. These occur every Thursday from 10:30am-12:30pm each week, barring holidays. During that time, you may queue up for an advising meeting by starting at Please review all relevant information to your question prior to dropping in virtually for your quick advising meeting.

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Phone: 520-621-6676

Every DNP and PhD student is required to have a College of Nursing Faculty Advisor for academic coursework and a graduate student services coordinator for all support services.

DNP students will be assigned an advisor based on their practice specialty.

PhD students are required to contact potential faculty mentors to discuss your research goals in relation to faculty expertise. Start by learning about our Research Areas of Excellence and then learn about the faculty members doing work in each area to find your match.

To work with a Graduate Student Services Coordinator, stop by our office, give us a call or send an email.

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: 520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158

Receive the help you need to achieve your academic goals.

Do you have anxiety around test taking or struggle with writing essays? Need help preparing for the NCLEX? No matter whether you are pre-nursing or about to finish your PhD, we have experts available to help along the way. Our Academic Coach and Writing Coach have years of experience preparing students to put their best foot forward. Appointments can be scheduled in person or online via Zoom.

Academic Success Coach

Debora (Deb) Nesbitt, MSN, APRN, PMHNP

As the Academic Success Coach, Deb embraces a holistic approach when working with students to develop more effective ways to achieve academic success.  She works with students to improve study habits, test-taking skills, time management, sleep hygiene, healthy lifestyle habits, and stress reduction strategies through the use of evidenced-based techniques including, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT), Emotional Freedom Technique tapping, education, mind-body modalities, and more.

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Writing Coach

Leslie Dupont, PhD

With a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English and 30 years of teaching, writing, and editing experience, Leslie has worked with populations from across disciplines and backgrounds in education and the private sector. She has published two textbooks, Writing Cornerstones: Paragraphs in Context (2002) and Writing Keystones: Essays and Research (2003). Her professional interests include communities of practice, online learning, and alternative academics.

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