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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 hires new PTA Program Director

    Finlandia University has recently hired Melanie Thurmond as its College of Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director and Assistant Instructor.

    Thurmond (’06) attained an associate’s degree from Finlandia’s PTA program and a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University in Finance. In addition, Thurmond holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay, an opportunity provided by Finlandia’s graduate pathway toward the DPT program. Practicing as a PTA for nine years and as a DPT for six, Thurmond also [...]


  • Alumni Spotlight: Shayla Cornish (’21) talks about life as a nurse

    Alumna Shayla Cornish (’21), an afternoon shift nurse at Canal View nursing home in Hancock, Michigan, reflects on her experience as a nursing major in Finlandia’s Hirvonen College of Health Sciences.

    “Right after I graduated I was set up to take my boards and hop on right to the job,” said Cornish. Her determination and hard work paid off as she was able to find a job right out of nursing school.  “This community is really great because [...]


  • Portage Health Foundation Scholarship application now open to 2021-22 Finlandia University students

    Applications are now being accepted for the Portage Health Foundation Scholarship opportunity to Finlandia University students studying healthcare and coming from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. The scholarship can be awarded to the same person for up to four years.

    The application deadline is July 16, 2021. This scholarship is open to returning and incoming FinnU students.

    Apply Now

    If you would like to fill out a paper application instead, you can find that here:

    Portage Health Foundation – Finlandia [...]

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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; Dean, College of Health SciencesFinlandia Universityfredi.deyampert@finlandia.edu906-487-7301
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Irina SergeyevaCoordinator, RN to BSN Program; Associate Professor, NursingFinlandia Universityirina.sergeyeva@finlandia.edu906-487-7354
Johnna TherrianAssociate Professor of NursingFinlandia Universityjohnna.therrian@finlandia.edu906-487-7322
Lori Sullivan
Lori SullivanNursing Program Chair; ProfessorFinlandia Universitylori.sullivan@finlandia.edu906-487-7333
Mark MironAssociate Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitymark.miron@finlandia.edu906-487-7247
MarnieAnn PolkkyAssistant Professor, Nursing Finlandia UniversityMarnie.Polkky@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7355
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Melanie ThurmondPTA Program Director/Assistant InstructorFinlandia UniversityMelanie.Thurmond@finlandia.edu906-487-7368
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
Theresa Rajala-HalseyAssistant Professor, NursingFinlandia Universitytheresa.rajalahalsey@finlandia.edu906-487-7332

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