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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
Nursing2020-202288%86%97%100%
Physical Therapist Assistant2021/202273%47%82%80% to date

college of health sciences News

News and Notes from Finlandia's College of Health Sciences


  • De Yampert joins Superior Health Foundation’s board of directors

    Fredi deYampert

    Dr. Fredi de Yampert will represent Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties on the Superior Health Foundation’s board of directors. De Yampert currently serves as VP of Academic Affairs and dean of the College of Health Sciences at Finlandia University.

    “I look forward to being part of the great work of the Foundation. Being that the UP is rather remote, our healthcare needs are specific to our region,” de Yampert said. “As a nurse, I strongly believe access to adequate, [...]


  • Find your inner chi at Yoga by Donation on Saturday, Jan. 21

    Yoga By Donation - FinnU Student PTA Club - Omega House - 2023

    This Saturday, Finlandia University’s Student PTA Club is hosting Yoga by Donation, an annual event to benefit Omega House. Find your inner chi, challenge your focus, and enjoy meditative and stretching techniques taught by Danielle Foertsch Newman, an instructor from January 10

    FinnU removes barriers to free tuition scholarship

    Photo of Students Raising Their Hands Together In The Air

    University relaxes requirements, extends deadline and opens Rise Together Scholarship to bachelor degree-seeking students

    Finlandia University will build on its boldest expression of affordability by easing eligibility requirements for the Rise Together Free Full Tuition Scholarship. 

    Now applicable to all four years of tuition at Finlandia, the Rise Together Scholarship will allow bachelor’s degree-seeking students with a minimum GPA of 2.25 to apply. Other significant changes include a May 1 deadline extension for filing the FAFSA and the removal of the Tuition [...]

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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
Cecelia BaccusNursing Administrative AssistantFinlandia UniversityCecelia.Baccus@finlandia.edu(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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