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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 remains Fight the Flu champion

    Fight the Flu Winners 2022

    This winter, the Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health brought Upper Peninsula universities together for the second annual Fight the Flu competition. Students, staff and faculty from Finlandia UniversityMichigan Technological University and Northern Michigan University competed to see which school could get the highest percentage of its total population vaccinated against the flu. Based on the self-reported statistics, the winner for the second year in a row is Finlandia University, coming in at a 17.6% vaccination rate.

    “I feel very proud of our [...]


  • Finlandia University names Tim Pinnow as next president

    Tim Pinnow

    Finlandia University has elected Tim Pinnow, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Colorado Mesa University (CMU), as its 17th president following a unanimous vote by the University’s Board of Trustees. He will assume his presidency on July 1, 2022.

    The Board’s selection of Finlandia’s President-elect follows a five-month nationwide search led by the University’s Presidential Search Committee, with professional support from the national executive search firm, Academic Search. The committee, chaired by board member Dr. Michael Nakkula, worked extensively with [...]


  • Finlandia honors graduating Class of 2022

    2022 Commencement

    On Sunday, May 1, Finlandia University held its annual Spring Commencement Ceremony honoring 84 graduates in the Class of 2022. There was standing room only in the Hirvonen Hall Auditorium with more than 700 in attendance.

    In his greeting, President Johnson opened with Finlandia’s Land Acknowledgment:

    “Finlandia University was founded as Suomi College by Finnish Lutheran immigrants in 1896 on land ceded by the Anishnaabe people in the Treaty of 1842. We seek to honor and respect the sacred and enduring kinship [...]

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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
Fredi de YampertVice President for Academic Affairs; Dean, College of Health SciencesFinlandia Universityfredi.deyampert@finlandia.edu906-487-7301
Irina SergeyevaCoordinator, RN to BSN Program; Associate Professor, NursingFinlandia 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
Marnie Polkky
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
Pam BorsumAdjunct InstructorFinlandia Universitypam.borsum@finlandia.edu(906) 369-3994
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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