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Located on the 2nd floor of Asbury Hall, the Student Services offices in Suite 220 are available to assist all College of Nursing & Health Professions undergraduate and graduate majors with their advisement needs.

Bonnie Portillo headshot

Bonnie Portillo 

Academic Advisement Coordinator

Phone: 601.266.4410

Asbury Hall 220J


Heather Pickering

Academic Advisor, Nursing

Phone: 601.266.5482

Asbury Hall 220K


April Franklin

Academic Advisor, RN-BSN & Graduate Nursing

Phone: 601.266.6820

Asbury Hall 220G


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Emma Mitchell

Academic Advisor, ABSN & Physician Assistant programs

Phone: 228.214.3471

Hardy Hall 230, Gulf Park campus


Nakita Davis

Nakita Davis

Academic Advisor, Health Professions

Phone: 601.266.4677

Harkins Hall 229



Academic Advisor, Speech & Hearing Sciences

JB George Bldg 238

Sonia Adams

Sonia Adams

Assistant to the Dean for Degree Progression and Compliance

Phone: 601.266.5457

Asbury Hall 218D


Christy Brinson

Christy Brinson

Academic Records & Technology Assistant

Phone: 601.266.5086

Asbury Hall 220F


All students entering the School of Professional Nursing Practice are required to own a laptop computer.  Student computers should have a wireless networking option.  All Southern Miss students have wireless Internet access via the USM website and are eligible to download Office 365 for free. To find out more, visit USM iTech. 

Each semester Nursing students are required to participate in computerized testing via Kaplan, web access, evaluations (EBI/Skyfactor), Canvas assignments, tests, and lectures.  The following internet browsers are recommended for better viewing experiences:

  • Google Chrome (recommended for Kaplan testing)
  • Firefox 19.0 and higher
  • Safari 5.0 and higher
  • Internet Explorer 10.0 and higher

Students who qualify for financial aid can use that aid toward the purchase of the required computer and software. To receive a letter verifying the computer requirements and enrollment in the Nursing program for financial aid purposes, please email AskCNHPFREEMississippi.

All computer purchases should match the minimum system/software requirements provided below to ensure compatibility with computerized testing required by the School of Professional Nursing Practice:

  • PC Platform: 32-bit & 64-bit Windows 10 or higher with latest updates installed; Mac Platform: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher with latest updates installed
  • Processor: 2.4Ghz

  • RAM: 4GB or higher

  • 802.11b/g/n Compliant Wireless Network Card

  • Integrated Video

  • Integrated Web Cam or USB Web Cam

  • Sound Card: At least 64-bit

  • Adobe Reader DC

  • Microsoft Office (Available for free for all enrolled students)

Did you know there is a print station located on the second floor of Asbury Hall?

WEPA has created a cost-effective and intuitive method of printing to one central print station using their mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, as well as an application students can download directly to their computer. Select your preferred method and print away! Print prices can be seen on the screen saver of each print station.

Download the Print app to your computer HERE.
NOTE: You must log in with your SOAR credentials.

For specific instructions, visit

Other available print stations: 
Cook Library, on each floor
Marsh Hall
Liberal Arts Building
Scianna Hall

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College of Nursing and Health Professions

Asbury Hall (AH)
3215 Montague Boulevard
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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