Department of Health Professions

Business and Technology Building, Special Services Building, and Synar Building. 

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

  • Human Family Sciences (HFS) offers a Bachelor of Science for careers in two option areas: General and Early Care.  New HFS programs include an accelerated degree completion program (DCP) option at select community sites and a concurrent high school option.
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences (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 offers an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program (RN-BSN) for Registered Nurses (RNs) with associate degrees in nursing or with diplomas in nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences 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 offers a Bachelor of Science.

Masters Degrees

  • Speech-Language Pathology offers a Master of Science, which allows graduates to practice in a variety of settings.
  • Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on nursing education
  • Occupational Therapy offers a Master of Science, which allows graduates to practice in a variety of settings.
  • Physician Assistant Studies will offer a Master of Science, upon Provisional Accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Education (ARC-PA) in October of 2016 and implemented with its first cohort of 16 students in June 2017.    

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

Contact Us

Human and Family Sciences

Ms. Sheree Whiteside, Program Chair

Dr. Penny Sommers, Professor

Ms. Vickie Brown-Racy, Instructor

Medical Laboratory Science

Dr. Sallie Ruskoski, Program Chair, Medical Laboratory Science


Dr. Diana Mashburn, Program Chair, RN-BSN Program

Dr. Heather Fenton,  Program Chair, MSN-Education Program

Donna Roberson, Secretary

Nutritional Sciences

Cassandra R. Crawford Ciglar, Program Chair

Pamela Reid, Instructor

Jason Stevens, Instructor

Occupational Therapy

Dr. Judith A. Melvin, Program Director

Jenney Fleming, Administrative Assistant

Physician Assistant Studies

Ms. Melody Yozzo, Program Director

Speech- Language Pathology

Dr. Karen Patterson, Program Chair

Carla Barnett, Secretary