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As Director of Nursing, I welcome you to Siena Nursing! We believe that Nursing is an art and a science, and we live the philosophy and mission of Siena Nursing every day!  I want to answer questions you may have. In the program descriptions we try to answer some of the typical questions students ask about our program. If your question is not answered in the areas below, please call 517-264-7131. We will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have! 

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Sue Idczak, PhD, RN
Director of Nursing
Siena Heights University

Getting Started

Begin a career as a Nurse: 
• High School student and/or
Transfer student


The Siena Heights University Nursing Program is respectful of the dignity and worth of all people. SHU nurses are prepared to provide high-quality nursing care in ever-changing health care systems. Based upon a liberal arts foundation, the faculty and students collaborate in a dynamic teaching and learning environment that embraces caring, diversity and creativity.

FAST FACT - Siena Nursing is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and by the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Association. 

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Siena Heights University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

  • Pre-Licensure Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities

Learn more about the Pre-Licensure program and its requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Program

High School Students Who Intend to Become Nurses

Requirements for application to Siena Nursing:

1.  You must complete all pre-requisite courses or be in the last semester of completing all courses before applying to the nursing program. You will have an advisor who knows what courses you need to take at Siena Heights.

2.  You can play intercollegiate athletics at Siena Heights and be a nursing student! It is not an easy pathway, but students can compete in athletics and become nurses at SHU!

3.   You must earn an A or B (lowest grade allowed is a B-) in each of your science courses.

4.  Only one science course can be repeated for a higher grade – either at Siena Heights or elsewhere.

5.  You must have an overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher. This includes courses at other universities and all courses at Siena Heights.

6.  A clean background check from the federal, state, local and university levels. You must also be fingerprinted during the application process. You cannot have a felony or misdemeanor conviction in your background.

IMPORTANT: Because of the high standards that we have established for Siena Nursing, there are no exceptions to these above requirements. We are looking for the best!

Any other questions, please contact Admissions at 1-800-521-0009 or admissions@sienaheights.edu.

 

Transfer Students Who Intend to Become Nurses

Requirements for application to Siena Nursing:

1. You must be a Siena Heights student for at least one semester. We do not accept applicants who took all courses at another college or university.

2. You must complete all pre-requisites either at Siena Heights or in a prior program before starting the nursing courses in the winter semester of your sophomore year. Required pre-requisites include:   
   • English: 6 credit hours
   • Math (preferably Statistics)
   • Required Liberal Arts courses taken at SHU
   • 16 credit hours of sciences equivalent to Siena required sciences (BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I; BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II; CHE 110 Introduction to General, Organic, and BioChemistry; and BIO 245, Bacteriology)

3. Earn an A or B (lowest grade allowed is a B-) in each of your science courses.

4. Only one science course can be repeated for a higher grade – either at Siena Heights or elsewhere.

5.  An overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher. This includes courses at other universities and all courses at Siena Heights.

6.  A clean background check from the federal, state, local and university levels. You must also be fingerprinted during the application process. You cannot have a felony or misdemeanor conviction in your background.

7.  Siena Nursing does not disclose any information concerning the points system. FACT:  We do place priority on Siena Nursing students who come to the university from high school for all pre-requisite coursework.

IMPORTANT: Because of the high standards that we have established for Siena Nursing, there are no exceptions to these above requirements. We are looking for the best!

Any other questions, please contact Admissions at 1-800-521-0009 or admissions@sienaheights.edu.


About the Program

As a Catholic institution in that Dominican tradition, we believe in the dignity and worth of every human being. That philosophy is embedded into everyaspect of SHU’s Nursing Program. When designing the Pre-licensure Nursing program,Siena nursing faculty drew upon years of teaching expertise and wisdom, as well as national nursing standards. That means the courses are practical and relevant to today’s health care professional. Students will be challenged in both traditional nursing courses such as Fundamentals and Health Assessment, and courses unique to Siena Nursing: Gerontology and End-of-Life Care; Ethical, Cultural and Spiritual Nursing Practice; and Care of the Client with Complex Needs.

 

Meet the Nursing program faculty members.

Idczak, Sue

Idczak, Sue

Director of Nursing517-264-7211
Kusisto, Kelli

Kusisto, Kelli

Assistant Professor of Nursing517-264-7213
Dowell, Lori

Dowell, Lori

Instructor of Nursing517-264-7241
Howatt, Karen

Howatt, Karen

Instructor of Nursing517-264-7245
Klima, Lynn

Klima, Lynn

Instructor of Nursing517-264-7246
Emery, Cathleen

Emery, Cathleen

Nursing Lab Coordinator517-264-7217
Wachtel, Cynthia

Wachtel, Cynthia

Instructor of Nursing517-264-7244
Dean, Jean Ann

Dean, Jean Ann

Instructor of Nursing517-264-7243

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.

A career in Nursing presents nothing but endless opportunities! Nurses work in various kinds of health care settings and utilize nursing knowledge in interacting with people in various health situations. Nurses and patients interact in the moment. Nursing is an art and a science.

To understand what nurses do, read the following definition of nursing by the American Nurses’ Association:

“Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.”
– ANA’s Nursing's Social Policy Statement, Second Edition, 2003

Current positions in nursing are available in most any health care setting. Positions for nurses will continue to be needed as people in the U.S. continue to age, and in particular, as nurses themselves age and retire!

Consider nursing as a major if you like people; are a good critical thinker; like the sciences; and can interact with people when they are in compromised health situations.

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Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Sue Idczak, RN, CNE

Dr. Sue Idczak, RN, CNE

Director of Nursing Program; Professor of Nursing
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.