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CAPS Services

At the University of Rochester School of Nursing, we believe that every student benefits from a strong support network of peers and faculty. The Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) is an extraordinary resource for School of Nursing students who want to improve their learning strategies, critical thinking skills, study habits, or receive academic assistance in a particular content area.

CAPS is overseen by faculty and student representatives committed to the academic success and professional growth of all School of Nursing students. Complete a self-referral to get started today.

All CAPS services are free to School of Nursing students and include:

  • Instruction and tutoring (group or individual) to promote critical thinking and study skills related to specific course content (NUR 372 and 377)
  • Additional instruction (group or individual) for students experiencing academic challenges
  • Assistance with test-taking, math, and writing skills to increase student confidence
  • Career planning, resume writing, and mentoring to facilitate career transition or advancement
  • Help conducting library and database searches for literature reviews
  • Stress management and other services to balance personal and professional goals

CAPS Faculty and Near Peer Mentor Service Descriptions

Pam Brady and Clint Taft – Academic and Clinical Support for APNN program

The CAPS academic support coaches work with students to improve knowledge of content in NUR 372 and 377. Before each exam, a group study session will be held. The coaches are also available to meet individually with students. For all courses, first discuss your concerns with a course coordinator.

Karen Reifenstein - Career Coach and Resume Writing

The CAPS career coach assists with career planning and resume writing, as well as mentoring to facilitate career transition or advancement.

Sue Stanek – Math Tutor

Math coaching sessions can meet any math needs ranging from medication math problems to  doctoral level statistics courses. Doctoral students are encouraged to discuss tutoring needs with the course instructor before contacting CAPS. Some instructors would rather have the student work with them first before connecting with the CAPS math coach. 

Darcey Mulligan - Miner Library Liaison

The Miner Library liaison assists with database searches for literature review.

Stephanie Murphy, Megan Reynolds, Alexa Kelley – Near Peer Mentors

The near peer mentors provide help with study methods that increase effective and efficient study habits and improve preparation for exams. They specifically use the teach-back method as part of this work. Because near peer mentors have graduated from the APNN program, they can also provide support and guidance related to navigating the demands of an accelerated nursing program. 

Mary Tantillo – Stress Management and Wellness Coach

The stress management and wellness coach provides support and guidance that help the student to establish a balance between personal and professional goals and growth. Students are provided stress reduction tools and develop a self-care plan that promotes wellness and connection with themselves and others.

Kathy Hiltunen and Dee Dee Rutigliano – Study Skills Coaches

Study Skills Coaching sessions are 1:1 meetings with a study skills coach typically lasting 45 to 60 minutes. The coach and student review various study skills tools and methods and “map out” together a study plan to cover the topics of the courses at hand.  While study sessions are often focused on upcoming exams, they can serve several purposes. Study sessions can serve as a refresher on how to study more effectively, assist students in obtaining a higher grade, and improve time management skills allowing students to complete upcoming assignments while still studying for exams.

Valerie Fitzgerald, Test-Taking Skills and NCLEX Preparation

Test-taking support involves helping students to improve their overall test-taking skills, as well as providing answers and assistance related to NCLEX preparation.

Beata Gomulak-Cavicchio and Caren Pita - Writing Skills

Writing Coaches offer one-on-one assistance to undergraduate and graduate nursing students at various stages of the writing process (i.e., from developing ideas to revising drafts). They provide personalized instruction in writing strategies and academic conventions that students need to become effective and confident writers.

Request CAPS Services

Complete a self-referral form online using the same login you use for your URMC email.

Submit a self-referral form

If you have any questions or issues with the form, please email SONHelp@URMC.Rochester.edu or call 585-275-7500. If you’ve submitted a referral form in the past, you can also view your request history.

Study Skills Self-Service


The CAPS office is located in Room 1W141, directly across from the Clinical Education Resource Center (CERC) desk on the first floor of Helen Wood Hall.