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The mission of the College of Health Sciences is to provide the health care community with competent, compassionate individuals.

Located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula each Finlandia University College of Health Sciences (CHS) program curricula places emphasis on serving rural populations. Our faculty members are committed to delivering professional programs dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service. We envision CHS as a leader of health sciences education in the Upper Peninsula. The health programs within the college provide a strong educational foundation for the health care community with an emphasis on delivery of services in rural America.

The College of Health Sciences is committed to:

  • Maintaining professional/regional/state accreditation for programs that necessitate such accreditation.
  • Partnering with local and regional resources to provide excellent learning experiences for the student.
  • Developing a solid reputation of providing an excellent foundation education in the various programs.
  • Providing a forum for facilitating health sciences education to the external community of health care practitioners/managers/office personnel and the general public.
Nursing
Nursing
The Nursing program is designed to provide a balanced curriculum in nursing and liberal studies that will prepare graduates to function as effective members of the health care team.

What you will learn

Nursing program competencies are derived from Finlandia University’s assessment plan (core competencies) and the competencies defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Program competencies serve as the exit outcomes for B.S.N. graduates and are leveled for each academic year within the Nursing major.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Pharmacology
  • Nursing Theory
  • Nursing Management/Leadership

Career Opportunities

Case Management, Community Health, Critical Care, Emergency Departments, Home Health Care, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical, Occupational Health, Outpatient Clinics, Physicians’ Offices, Red Cross, Obstetrics, Oncology, Orthopedics, Outpatient Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatric/Mental Health Rehabilitation, Research, Schools, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Surgical, Teaching Learn More
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistant
The goal of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Finlandia University is to enable the graduate to function effectively as a physical therapist assistant in any practice setting.

What you will learn

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program outcomes integrate the learning outcomes of the Finlandia Plan and the performance criteria of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument.

At completion of the PTA Program the student will demonstrate the following:
• Performs in a safe manner that minimizes the risk to patient, self, and others.
• Demonstrates expected clinical behaviors in a professional manner in all situations.
• Performs in a manner consistent with established legal standards, standards of the profession, and ethical guidelines.
• Adapts delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patients’ differences, values, preferences, and needs.
• Communicates in ways that are congruent with situational needs.
• Participates in self-assessment and develops plans to improve knowledge, skills, and behaviors.
• Demonstrates clinical problem solving.
• Performs selected therapeutic exercises* in a competent manner.
• Applies selected manual therapy*, airway clearance*, and integumentary repair and protection techniques in a competent manner.
• Applies selected physical agents* and mechanical modalities in a competent manner.
• Applies selected electrotherapeutic modalities in a competent manner.
• Performs functional training* in self-care and home management and application and adjustment of devices and equipment in a competent manner.
• Produces quality documentation* in a timely manner to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
• Participates in the efficient delivery of physical therapy services.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Therapeutic Procedures
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation through the Lifespan

Career Opportunities

Acute Care, Adult Day Care, Assisted Living Centers, Burn Care, Home Health Care, Hospitals, Industrial Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Medical and Surgical Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, Oncology, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Outpatient Care, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Physical Fitness and Recreation, Programs, Private Practice, Public Health Departments, Research, Schools and Educational Institutions, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Teaching, Wellness Programs Learn More
Certified Medical Assistant
Certified Medical Assistant
The associate of applied science degree program in Certified Medical Assistant provides students with educational opportunities in a quality learning environment that fosters competence, compassion, and dedication to the expectations of their chosen profession.

What you will learn

The focus is to prepare individuals dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual awareness and the practice of clinical and administrative medical assisting. The Associate of Applied Sciences in Medical Assisting degree program provides students with educational opportunities in a quality demonstrated learning environment, fostering competence, compassion and dedication to the expectations of their chosen profession. The program integrates learning interactions combined with the exploration of faith and values that promote intellectual and personal growth and development.

The MA curriculum provides the educational foundation for entry into the practice of medical assisting. Educational experiences are organized within the framework of identified collegiate competencies. Curricular content increases in scope and complexity as the medical assisting student progresses towards successful completion of each of the core competencies required for graduation from Finlandia University’s MA program.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Electronic Health Records Management
  • Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures
  • Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures II

Career Opportunities

Community Health Centers, Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities, Outpatient Clinics, Ophthalmologists’ Offices, Optometrists’ Offices, Physicians’ Offices, Podiatrists’ Offices Learn More
Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
An associate degree in medical billing and coding provides the basic knowledge, skills, and applied studies needed for entry-level positions in the healthcare field.

What you will learn

The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (MBC) curriculum provides the educational foundation for entry into the field of medical coding within a healthcare organization. Educational experiences are organized within the framework of identified collegiate competencies. Curricular content increases in scope and complexity as the student progresses towards successful completion of each of the core competencies required for graduation from the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Procedure Coding
  • Diagnosis Coding I
  • Health Information Systems

Career Opportunities

Community Health Centers, Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities, Outpatient Clinics, Ophthalmologists’ Offices, Optometrists’ Offices, Physicians’ Offices, Chiropractors’ Offices, Specialized Health Care Centers Learn More
RN-BSN Online
RN-BSN Online
The program is designed to meet the needs of working nurses, offered either part time or full time, and features online nursing courses to further accommodate the busy schedules of working nurses.

What you will learn

Nursing program competencies are derived from Finlandia University’s assessment plan (core competencies) and the competencies defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Program competencies serve as the exit outcomes for B.S.N. graduates and are leveled for each academic year within the Nursing major.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Transition to Professional Practice
  • Diagnostics/Therapeutics
  • Community Nursing

Career Opportunities

Case Management, Community Health, Critical Care, Emergency Departments, Home Health Care, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical, Occupational Health, Outpatient Clinics, Physicians’ Offices, Red Cross, Obstetrics, Oncology, Orthopedics, Outpatient Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatric/Mental Health Rehabilitation, Research, Schools, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Surgical, Teaching Learn More
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