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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 (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

Nancy Adair – 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.
Please email a copy of your resume at least 48 hours in advance to provide adequate time for review.
Additional Career development resources

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 Rodriguez – Miner Library Liaison

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

Alexandria Smith, Elizabeth Hobson – 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. For students interested in obtaining additional Peer mentoring from Rochester Black Nurses Association, see their peer mentoring brochure.

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 Laurie Allington – 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. 

Caren (Pita) Barth, Beata Gomulak-Cavicchio, and Rebekah Greene – 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.  Visit the Writing Center for more information.

Request CAPS Services

CAPS referrals can be initiated by you or your faculty. Once a CAPS referral is received, the CAPS faculty member or peer mentor will receive an email with your request. They will reach out to you to schedule a meeting time. The CAPS team works closely with your instructors and course coordinators to ensure that the support you receive is aligned with your coursework expectations. The communication and coordination among CAPS team members and the faculty in relation to your CAPS request and progress updates ensure that we are offering you the help you require to be successful in meeting your academic needs. If you are specifically requesting CAPS services in response to an academic alert, please speak first with your instructor and then request help from CAPS faculty rather than the near peer mentors.

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


You can find out more about CAPS at the Student Affairs Office in Room 1W141, directly across from the Clinical Education Resource Center (CERC) desk on the first floor of Helen Wood Hall.