Program

120

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35

Total Classes

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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.

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“You have that hands-on experience with the teachers, you can ask questions. You have the one-on-one time. You really feel like you are part of a family.”
 
Taylor Langenderfer ’13
RN, Cardiac Surgery Postoperative Unit, Promedica Toledo Hospital
Taylor Langenderfer '13

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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.

As a Catholic institution in that Dominican tradition, we believe in the dignity and worth of every human being. That philosophy is embedded into every aspect 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.

Siena Heights Nursing offers students an opportunity for small class sizes that allow for true faculty/student collaboration.

 


Cathleen Emery
Assistant Professor of Nursing
cemery@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7242
Erin Horkey
Director, Pre-Licensure Nursing Program; Associate Professor of Nursing
ehorkey1@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7216
Jean Dean
Associate Professor of Nursing
jdean@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7243
Joanne Yastik
Assistant Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences
jyastik@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7241
Karen Howatt
Director, RN-BSN and MSN Programs; Associate Professor of Nursing
khowatt@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7245
Kelli Kusisto
Associate Professor of Nursing
kkusisto@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7213
Kristen Sorrow
Assistant Professor of Nursing
ksorrow@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7244

  • Siena Nursing is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and by the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Association.
  • The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Siena Heights University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Requirements for the Pre-Licensure Program

Students applying to the nursing program much complete the following courses, or equivalents, prior to applying for acceptance into the nursing major:

  • English through 102.
  • PSY 111 OR SOC 111.
  • Math – statistics or higher.
  • NUR 104.
  • BIO 121- Anatomy and Physiology I.
  • BIO 122 – Anatomy and Physiology II.
  • CHE 110 – Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry.

Requirements Specific to Science Courses

  1. Student must have a C or better in all 3 science courses. Only one C is permitted among the three courses.
  2. Only one of the three science courses can be repeated for a higher grade
  3. Science courses must have been completed within the past five year.

  • Siena Heights Nursing 2022 graduates achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam. This far exceeds the standards set by the Michigan Board of Nursing and the AACN-CCNE accrediting body.
  • The Direct Entry Program offers high school seniors with high academic achievements an opportunity to be guaranteed a seat in the program after their second semester at SHU, if the student meets all admission criteria.

THREE PATHWAYS TO NURSING

  1. High School Direct Entry
    Direct entry into the nursing program is available to high achieving high school students. Students must have a high school GPA greater than 3.5. Please contact your admission advisor or Dr. Erin Horkey, Director of the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program for more information.

  2. Siena Heights Student Applicants
    •  Complete an application to the nursing program during winter semester first year.
    •  Complete all pre-requisite courses.
    •  Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.

  3. Transfer Student Applicants
    •  Complete an application to the nursing program at the time of transfer.
    •  Complete all pre-requisite courses.
    •  Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.

General Information

  • Admission to the nursing major is limited and therefore, competitive. Admission to Siena Heights University does not guarantee admission to the nursing major. 
  • Students are selected for the nursing major each year based upon state regulations and student-to-faculty ratio in the clinical setting.
  • Applicants will be selected for the nursing major based upon a set of criteria intended to identify those most likely to succeed in nursing.
  • An admission assessment (standardized test) may be used as part of the criteria for selection.
  • Application preference will be given to qualified applicants who have been Siena students for at least one semester.

Costs & Aid

We know that college can be expensive, but we don’t want cost to keep you from attending Siena Heights University! We offer numerous financial aid opportunities. Federal aid is available to students who qualify by completing the FAFSA. Feel free to contact us with questions about financial aid opportunities, or click on one of the links below.