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Allied Sciences


Polly M. Olson, MS, RRT, CPFT

Director, Department of Allied Sciences
Sudro Hall 222C


Director, Department of Allied Sciences
Academic Advisor, Professional-level MLS, RC, and RS majors
Administrative oversight for allied sciences field experience/internships
Teach allied sciences introductory courses


Education Doctoral Program, 2011-
North Dakota State University, Fargo

Master of Science, Vocational Education, 1993
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota 

Bachelor of Science, Respiratory Therapy, 1986
University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota 

Professional Work Experience 

Director, Department of Allied Sciences, 2006-
North Dakota State University, Fargo 

Academic Director, CLS, RC, RS, 1997-2005
Department of Biological Sciences
North Dakota State University, Fargo

Director of Clinical Education, Respiratory Care, 1986-1996
Northwest Technical College, East Grand Forks, Minnesota 

Registered Respiratory Therapist, 1996-1997, 1980-1986
Sanford Health Fargo, Altru (Grand Forks), St. Alexius Hospital (Bismarck) 

Professional Memberships & Committees (select) 

American Association for Respiratory Care, 2006-
Avera-McKennan Radiologic Technology Advisory Board, 2015-
National Academic Advising Association, 2009-
NDSU/Sanford Respiratory Care Consortium, 2006-
Sanford Respiratory Care Advisory Board, 2006-
Sanford Sioux Falls Radiologic Technology Advisory Committee, 2011-
Sanford Sonography Program Advisory Board, 2015- 

Research Interests

Academic advising
Assessment of Student Learning 

Honors & Awards

Bison Ambassador Apple Polisher Honoree, NDSU, 2011, 2007 & 2005
President’s Award, North Dakota Society for Respiratory Care, 2010
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Advising, College of Pharmacy, Nursing & Allied Sciences, NDSU, 2009
Mortar Board Outstanding Academic Advisor, College of Science & Mathematics, NDSU, 1998


MLS 200-Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science
RS 200-Introduction to Radiologic Sciences
RC 200-Introduction to Respiratory Care
MLS/RC/RS 496-Field Experience/Internship

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8713 / Fax: (701) 231-7606
Campus address: Sudro Hall 222E
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2680 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Allied Sciences

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