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Student Academic Success Specialists

Who Can Utilize the Student Academic Success Program?

Any student looking to improve their academic performance.


Foster a welcoming, empowering, and supportive environment which improves the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Nursing Student’s accessibility to tools, support and services needed to achieve personal, academic & professional success during their time here at SUNY Upstate Medical University.


  • Increase program and institution success through student success.
  • Identify campus resources to empower the student to reach their highest academic, personal, and professional success and remove barriers impeding success.
  • Provide a sense of community & belonging by creating a safe & inclusive learning environment.


  • Free Personalized support
  • Assistance in discovering campus resources tailored to the student’s interest & needs.
  • Assistance in locating disability services.
  • Arranging Faculty – Student mentoring: including mapping personal, professional, and academic goals
  • Assist in fostering relationships within the campus network.
  • Navigate moments of change.
  • Build academic skills & maintain academic motivation.
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring.
  • Writing Center
  • Health Sciences Library

Undergraduate Academic Success Program (UASP)

“The Undergraduate Academic Success Program gives more students the opportunity to succeed in achieving the Bachelor of Science degree, a degree they will soon need. It means more RNs can now apply and anticipate being accepted into a program that will help them continue and improve their careers.”

Scott Jessie

Scott Jessie,
Chief Nursing Officer
Upstate University Hospital

The College of Nursing at Upstate Medical University, long committed to student success, is expanding resources to help even more RNs earn their BS.

The Undergraduate Academic Success Program prepares students for the next phase of their careers with individualized academic support that focuses on improving student studying skills and time management.

The Undergraduate Academic Success Program offers

  • Personalized support
  • Assistance in setting short & long-term professional & academic goals.
  • Identifying campus resources to aid in student success.
  • Writing services
  • Fostering a connection to the SUNY Upstate campus community
  • Facilitating a student-faculty relationship
  • Fostering time management skills
  • Identifying test-taking strategies
  • Individualized goal & assignment mapping

All classes are 100 percent asynchronous so you can build a schedule that works for your life.

Contact Christina Haught, Student Success Specialist, to obtain assistance.

Learn more about your Undergraduate Student Success Specialist

Christina Haught MS, CPNP-PC

Christina Haught

My educational background includes earning an AS, BS and MS in nursing. I most recently completed my MS here at SUNY Upstate Medical University and became a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner in 2021. I have been an RN for nearly a decade specializing in neonatology. I currently work in the NICU at Crouse Hospital in adjunct with my role here as the Student Success Specialist. 

Through my own personal experiences in academia and nursing I have seen the challenges faced by students. That has led me on the journey of advocating and helping student nurses succeed. Through this program I hope to foster a welcoming, empowering, and supportive environment which improves your accessibility to the tools, support, and services needed to achieve personal, professional, and academic achievement during and beyond your time here at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Please reach out with any needs or questions you may have. 

Best wishes & I hope to meet you soon! 

Christina Haught
[email protected]

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Graduate Academic Success Program (GASP)

The Graduate Student Success Specialist provides support and guidance throughout your SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing journey. This support begins the moment you decide to join SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing community and continues through until graduation. Students can engage with my efforts to provide individualized guidance, academic coaching, and various other resources to assist in achieving their full academic and professional potential.

Each relationship with the Graduate Nursing Success Specialist is distinct and shaped by the student’s individualized goals and needs. Students can meet with me with specific questions, occasional check-ins, or ongoing support.

The Graduate Student Success Specialist can assist you with:

  • Setting short and long-term personal, academic, and professional goals
  • Building academic skills
  • Staying motivated
  • Developing time management plans
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Developing/Cultivating relationships with faculty, peers, and advisors
  • Navigating moments of change at Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing
  • Discover campus and College of Nursing resources tailored to your needs and interests

Learn more about your Graduate Student Success Specialist

Nichole Lopez, NP

Nichole Lopez, NP

My educational background includes an AAS, BS, MS, and DNP in Nursing. I am proud to say that I completed my BS, MS, and DNP degrees right here at SUNY Upstate Medical University. I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over twenty years of neurology experience and four years of academic experience as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. I am currently working as a Pre-Surgical Testing Family Nurse Practitioner, in addition to my roles here at SUNY Upstate Medical University as your Graduate Nursing Student Success Specialist and an Assistant Professor.

My experience in both academia and nursing has provided me the opportunity to see the various challenges faced by students. This led me to where I am today, here assisting all students to reach their fullest personal and professional goals throughout their graduate nursing journey. Through this program, I hope to foster a welcoming, supportive, and empowering community that improves access to support, tools, and services to promote success for everyone throughout the program and beyond. Please reach out to me with any questions or needs that you may have now or throughout the semester.

Best Regards,
Nichole Lopez
Email:  [email protected]