Cassandra Crawford Ciglar, EdD, RDN/LD

Cassandra Crawford Ciglar, EdD, RDN/LD

Cassandra Crawford Ciglar, EdD, RDN/LD

Dr. Crawford Ciglar (known to her students as Dr. C) earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership with emphasis in organizational change theories. She has over ten years’ experience working in higher education as a pre-health advisor, career coach, and college faculty, while also serving in multiple administrative roles including program director, department chair, and executive director.

Prior to moving to higher education, Dr. C had over two decades of professional experience working in healthcare, first as a microbiologist, then spending five years specializing as a technologist in an in-vitro fertilization lab. After earning an MA in Dietetics, Dr. C worked both as a clinical dietitian and as adjunct faculty at a local community college.

She then accepted her first full-time position in higher education at Northeastern State University, where Dr. C progressed from Program Director and faculty to the first-ever Executive Director of the Office of Pre-Health Professions and Advising. In her time at NSU, she served as faculty mentor and academic advisor for all students in Pre-health Professions, Dietetics, and Allied Health. Her most recent position is as the Health Sciences and Pre-Health Professions Career Coach at The University of Tulsa.

Dr. C has extensive experience advising applicants on admission to medical school and PA programs, as well as dental, veterinary, and other health professions programs. The best part of her job, other than receiving the phone call or email when her client has been accepted into their dream school, is the relationship that is formed with the clients and kept well beyond the end of the advising session.

Contact Dr. Crawford Ciglar

Dr. Crawford Ciglar is now available for new medical school, dental school, PA school, and veterinary school applicants, as well as post-bac, nursing, or allied health program applicants. Please contact us at 626-768-2154 or to arrange a free, no obligation twenty-minute phone consultation with Dr. Crawford Ciglar.

Career Highlights

  • Students who worked with Dr. C for the 2021-2022 application cycle for medical school and PA school were 100% successfully accepted.
  • As a Career Coach, Dr. C has demonstrated success as evidenced by 96% job and graduate school placement rate for undergraduate and transfer students 2019-2020.
  • Working as a Health Sciences and Pre-Health Career Coach for ~650 students at The University of Tulsa, Dr. C has a >91% survey response return rate from appointment sessions completed and >98% “strongly agrees” response rate on survey satisfaction.
  • First ever Executive Director of the Office of Pre-Health Professions and Advising at Northeastern State University.
  • Created and implemented Health Careers Week at The University of Tulsa inviting over twenty different health profession programs to give students information on health career opportunities.
  • Invited guest presenter, both in person and virtual, for more than one hundred presentations: college faculty.

Teaching Experience

  • Created a course to help undergraduate students navigate admission timelines for health professions and pre-med programs and to discuss competitive application strategies.
  • Twice honored by students for her service as a mentor, going out of her way to help students both in and out of the classroom, and most importantly, creating a lasting impression on students that will continue throughout the years.
  • Developed curriculum and instructed courses in Basic and Advanced Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy I & II, Nutrition Assessment and Counseling, Food Science, Introduction to Nutritional Sciences, and Community Nutrition, using a variety of instructional methods.


  • EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of New England.
  • MA in Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
  • BS in Microbiology with minor in French from Oklahoma State University.
  • AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology from Tulsa Community College.
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