College of Health Sciences

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 science degree 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.

College of Health Sciences Data

ProgramYearsGraduation RateLicensure Pass Rates
1st time test-takers
Licensure Pass Rates
All time test-takers
Placement Rate
Nursing2016-201875%84%97%100%
Physical Therapist Assistant2018-201989%78%89%97%

college of health sciences News

News and Notes from Finlandia's College of Health Sciences


  • Finlandia Prepares for Fall 2020

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    Students are making their way back to Finlandia’s campus for the Fall 2020 semester. As the university prepares to welcome approximately 400 students, new protocols and practices are being enforced to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on campus and in the Keweenaw community. 

    “We have had a task force meeting regularly since May to discuss, evaluate and implement new physical changes to campus, policies, and procedures,” said Dean of Students Erin Barnett.  “Because of our size, we have [...]


  • Learn all about Fall 2020 with FinnU’s New Fall 2020 Web Pages

    Finlandia is excited to launch its new Fall 2020 web pages just in time for the new semester. Students, employees and community members can conveniently find information as it pertains to their group on the new pages. In addition, there is a new Covid FAQ page that includes information on FinnU’s Covid-19 case count, testing, quarantining procedures, contact tracing and prevention measures.

    “This year is obviously a bit different than before, so we thought it crucial [...]


  • Alumni Update: Bigalke Named Principal of Ludington Area Catholic School

    Jan Bigalke

    Finlandia University alumna, Jan Bigalke, recently accepted the role as Principal at Ludington Area Catholic School. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Suomi College and has more than 16 years of experience working as a registered nurse. After getting her associates from Suomi College, Bigalke earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

    Below is a full press release sent out by

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Faculty and Staff

Anne HalgrenAdministrative Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Medical Assistant Program, Medical Billing and Coding ProgramFinlandia Universityanne.halgren@finlandia.edu906-487-7308
Cindy BlakeAssistant Professor of NursingFinlandia Universitycindy.blake@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7323
Fredi de YampertVice President for Academic Affairs; Nursing Program ChairFinlandia Universityfredi.deyampert@finlandia.edu906-487-7301
Irina SergeyevaAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universityirina.sergeyeva@finlandia.edu906-487-7354
Johnna TherrianAssociate Professor of NursingFinlandia Universityjohnna.therrian@finlandia.edu906-487-7322
Lori Sullivan
Lori SullivanDirector RN to BSN Program; Associate ProfessorFinlandia Universitylori.sullivan@finlandia.edu906-487-7333
Mark MironAssociate Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitymark.miron@finlandia.edu906-487-7247
Nicole PolakowskiAdministrative Coordinator for Clinical Education, PTAFinlandia Universitynicole.polakowski@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7372
Pam BorsumAdjunct InstructorFinlandia Universitypam.borsum@finlandia.edu(906) 369-3994
Pam BrownPTA Program Chair/Assistant ProfessorFinlandia Universitypam.brown@finlandia.edu906-487-7368
Ryan BessoloAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universityryan.bessolo@finlandia.edu906-487-7357
Theresa Rajala-HalseyAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitytheresa.rajalahalsey@finlandia.edu906-487-7332

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