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Development and Counseling Services

The Student Development and Counseling Center (SDCC) helps students successfully navigate nursing school while balancing the personal, familial and many other demands of life. We invite you to review these options and let us know how we can help.

Academic and Personal Counseling

The Student Development and Counseling Center's mission is to promote student success and general well-being. One way we aim to meet this goal is by providing brief academic and personal counseling to College of Nursing students. Our professional counselors work exclusively with nursing students, faculty, and staff, and therefore understand the unique needs of this population.

Through the counseling process, students can receive support, guidance, encouragement and assistance in connecting to other beneficial campus resources. Occasionally, we refer students to supportive services in the community for long-term counseling or pharmacological intervention.

Email us to schedule or cancel an in-person appointment

Distance Counseling

To increase the accessibility of services to nursing students enrolled in distance education programs, the SDCC offers a variety of services via video conferencing. Distance counseling is primarily available for nursing students currently enrolled in the RN to BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs.

Email us to schedule or cancel a distance appointment

Instructions on connecting with us through WebEx

Test Reviews

SDCC counselors will review test questions with students to identify specific challenges and determine a course of action. Please use this link to download a pdf of the Test Review Procedure.

Student Success & Wellness Workshops

The SDCC offers a series of workshops throughout the semester to help nursing students succeed both in and out of the classroom. The workshops provide students with a safe atmosphere to explore various topics that promote academic success and retention, enhance personal and professional development, and learn healthy ways to cope effectively with issues that may arise in the academic environment or their personal lives. Student Success and Wellness Workshops cover topics such as:

  • Academic Success in Nursing School
  • Study Skills: Useful Tips for Improving Reading Skills and Note Taking
  • Time & Procrastination Management Strategies
  • Test-taking Techniques: Specific Strategies for Nursing Students
  • Resume/Interview/Cover Letter (Career Workshop)
  • Stress Management: Life Situation and Perception Interventions
  • Relax & Release: Practical Relaxation Tips To Reduce Anxiety
  • Getting Through To Your Instructor: How To Communicate Effectively & Appropriately
  • SLEEP: The Necessary Evil
Crisis Intervention

Life doesn't stop when you're in nursing school, and sometimes that means the death of a loved one, an accident in the family or other personal crisis. The center often helps students maneuver through personal tragedies - no matter how big or small - by providing counseling and pointing them to resources that can help them cope.

Peer-to-Peer Tutoring and Mentoring

We connect you with a more experienced nursing student to help you achieve success in your nursing courses and in balancing the demands of nursing school. With these partnership, you benefit from the tutor's or mentor's knowledge, insight, and support, and you proactively make a positive move towards your success.

Email us to request a peer mentor

Please use this link to view the Google calendar of tutor schedules.


SDCC counselors meet with faculty, staff, and students to discuss options for improving student outcomes and presenting information at departmental meeting and events.

Email us to schedule or cancel a consultation appointment.

University Course

NURS 3005: Academic Development for Nursing Education
This nursing elective is ideal for students who have met roadblocks to their course work success. It covers topics such as study and time management skills and is designed to help increase students' ability to achieve their full academic potential.

Additional Resources

Our additional Self-Help Options and resources provide information on a variety of topics such as adjusting to college/graduate school, alcohol and other drugs misuse, anger management, anxiety, emotional and physical health and fitness, homesickness, mediation, note taking, sexual assault, and much more. If you would like to meet with a counselor in addition to reviewing these resources, please contact us at or 252-744-6492.