Department of Health Professions


The mission of the Department of Health Professions is to provide specialized education designed to prepare students whose career goals encompass the fields represented by the professional health programs within the Department.

Bachelor Degrees

  • Medical Laboratory Science, B.S. (MLS) offers a Bachelor of Science with two options: traditional 3 + 1 option and the 2 + 2 online degree completion option (MLT to MLS) for individuals that have earned an AAS Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) degree from a community college.
  • Nursing, B.S.N. offers an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program for Registered Nurses (RNs) with associate degrees in nursing or with diplomas in nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences, B.S. offers a Bachelor of Science with two options: Didactic Program in Dietetics for individuals who desire a career as a Registered Dietitian and Allied Health for individuals pursuing health professional careers.
  • Speech-Language Pathology, B.S. offers a Bachelor of Science.

Masters Degrees

  • Speech-Language Pathology, M.S. offers a Master of Science, which allows graduates to practice in a variety of settings.
  • Nursing, M.S.N. offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on nursing education
  • Occupational Therapy, M.S. offers a Master of Science, which allows graduates to practice in a variety of settings.
  • Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. will offer a Master of Science, upon Provisional Accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Education (ARC-PA) in March of 2019 and implemented with its first cohort of 20 students in July 2019.    

Depending on the program, classes are offered on the Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, and/or Muskogee campuses. Nursing courses are offered online. Contact the respective program chair for further information.

Contact Us

Dr. Sallie Ruskoski, Interim Department Chair

Ms. Donna Roberson, Administrative Secretary

Medical Laboratory Science

Dr. Sallie Ruskoski, Program Chair, Medical Laboratory Science

Dr. Alexis Jones, Clinical Coordinator

Ms. Dianne Kirk, Instructor


Dr. Diana Mashburn, RN to BSN Program Chair (ACEN Nurse Administrator)

Dr. Heather Fenton,  MSN Program Chair

Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Cassandra R. Crawford Ciglar, DPD Program Director

Ms. Kelley Sky Eagle, Program Chair

Ms. Amber Long, Instructor

Ms. Lindsey Ince, Instructor 

Occupational Therapy

Dr. Judith A. Melvin, Program Director

Ms. Margaret Bates, Clinical Coordinator

Ms. Sydney Dorrough, Instructor

Ms. Jenney Fleming, Administrative Assistant

Physician Assistant Studies

Mr. Troy Bender, Program Director

Dr. Leticea Newton, Medical Director

Mr. Alan Brokenicky, Director of Didactic Education

Dr. Dan McNeill, Principal Faculty

Ms. Murry Duevel-Banoub, Administrative Assistant

Speech- Language Pathology

Ms. Brooke Klintworth, Interim Program Chair

Dr. Edgarita Long, Professor

Mr. Dennis Tibbits, Instructor

Ms. Jenny Walton, Assistant Clinical Director/Broken Arrow Campus

Ms. Autumn Mahaney, Instructor

Ms. Lisa Roach, Clinical Director/Tahlequah Campus

Ms. Deborah Al-Rawi, Instructor

Ms. Caitlin Bruder, Instructor

Ms. Laura Padgett, Instructor

Ms. Kathryn Wade, Administrative Secretary