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College of Health Sciences


To provide the health care community with competent, compassionate individuals prepared through programs dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service, with an emphasis on rural populations.


Nursing (B.S.N.)

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. Its mission is to prepare professional nurses dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual awareness, and the practice of nursing. The B.S.N. program provides students with educational opportunities in a high-quality learning environment that leads to the preparation of competent, caring nursing professionals. The integration of learning with faith and values promotes the students’ intellectual growth and personal development.

Nursing students receive theory instruction in the classroom, skills instruction in the nursing skills lab, and clinical patient care experiences in a variety of acute care and community health care settings. Finlandia University’s Nursing Department works to provide a nurturing, caring community focused on connecting theory and practice to the service of human beings. An active, collaborative partnership among students, educators, and interdisciplinary health care professionals in the rural community is an integral part of the learning experience. The broad theoretical base of knowledge and the high level of clinical competence provide Finlandia Nursing students a foundation for assuming the professional roles of leadership and practice in regional, national, and international health care settings. Nursing program graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and, upon passing, may practice as registered nurses.

RN-BSN Completion

Additional clinical experiences, and completion of the General Education courses needed for a University Bachelor of Science/Nursing Degree. 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.

Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.)

The purpose of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is to give each student the necessary education to become a competent physical therapist assistant. This is achieved through professional education and training using sequential instruction, practical clinical experiences, and development of leadership skills. Emphasized throughout the student experience are problem solving skills, scientific inquiry, ethics, teamwork, and examination of the roles of the physical therapist and the physical therapist assistant and the boundaries between them. Also emphasized is development of professional behaviors that facilitate and enhance positive therapeutic relationships with patients, including respect and sensitivity for ethnic, cultural, and spiritual differences. Qualified clinical sites further support these ideas.

The PTA program faculty members believe learning is a life-long process that requires self-assessment of professional behaviors, clinical skill performance, and service to society. This requires active participation in an open, supportive environment. The faculty demonstrates the attitudes necessary to support individual learning styles, maximizing each student’s potential. Through the competency-based curriculum, the student is given the opportunity to learn the problem solving skills and professional behaviors necessary to become both a critical-thinking PTA and a contributing member of society.


Program outcomes within the College of Health Sciences are derived from the Finlandia University core competencies, known as the Finlandia Plan. Graduates of the College of Health Sciences are expected to demonstrate the ability to meet individual program outcomes.


Nursing (B.S.N.)

The Michigan State Board of Nursing of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, 611 W. Ottawa Street, P.O. 30670, Lansing, Mich. 48909, (517) 373-7484, approves the Finlandia University Nursing program. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Finlandia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Finlandia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

Program, Progression, and Clinical Practice Requirements

Career Opportunities        

Nursing (B.S.N.)

  • 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

Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.)

  • 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

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College of Health Sciences Staff

Anne HalgrenAdministrative Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Medical Assistant Program, Medical Billing and Coding ProgramFinlandia Universityanne.halgren@finlandia.edu-DISABLED906-487-7308
Cecelia BaccusNursing Administrative AssistantFinlandia UniversityCecelia.Baccus@finlandia.edu-DISABLED(906)487-7305
Fredi deYampert
Fredi de YampertVice President for Academic Affairs; Dean, College of Health SciencesFinlandia Universityfredi.deyampert@finlandia.edu906-487-7301
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Irina SergeyevaCoordinator, RN to BSN Program; Associate Professor, Nursing; Academic AdvisorFinlandia Universityirina.sergeyeva@finlandia.edu906-487-7354
Lori Sullivan
Lori SullivanNursing Program Chair; ProfessorFinlandia Universitylori.sullivan@finlandia.edu906-487-7333
Mark MironAssociate Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitymark.miron@finlandia.edu906-487-7247
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MarnieAnn PolkkyAssistant Professor, Nursing Finlandia UniversityMarnie.Polkky@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7355
Melanie ThurmondPTA Program Director/Assistant InstructorFinlandia UniversityMelanie.Thurmond@finlandia.edu906-487-7368
Nicole PolakowskiDirector of Clinical Education, PTA, InstructorFinlandia Universitynicole.polakowski@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7372
Sami Dowling
Sami DowlingPTA InstructorFinlandia Universitysami.dowling@finlandia.edu9062842814
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Theresa Rajala-HalseyAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitytheresa.rajalahalsey@finlandia.edu906-487-7332

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