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Pre-Nursing (Pre Licensure)

Pre-Nursing (Pre Licensure)

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
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  • About: Pre-Licensure
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • 3 Things: Pre-Licensure
  • Awards
  • Nursing Requirements
  • The Siena Effect: The Making of a Siena Nurse

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.



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 at Siena Heights University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
(http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).




About the Program

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

Courses are offered through SHU Nursing that are not typically offered in other nursing programs, like "Gerontology & End-of-Life Care" and "Ethical, Cultural, Spiritual Nursing," which provide students unique learning opportunities available only through Siena.

Likewise, Siena’s eight faculty teach specialty courses where they have uniquely been trained and practiced in the clinical environment, including pediatrics, critical care and community health. 


Director of Nursing
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517-264-7211
Instructor of Nursing
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517-264-7243
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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517-264-7241
Instructor of Nursing
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517-264-7242
Assistant Profesor of Nursing
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517-264-7245
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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517-264-7246
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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517-264-7213
Instructor of Nursing
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Adrian
517-264-7244
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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517-264-7217

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.

#1. Offers courses distinct to Siena, including Gerontology & End-of-Life Care and Ethical, Cultural, Spiritual Nursing

#2. RN-BSN program is offered 100 percent online; courses can be completed in three semesters.

#3. The Direct Entry Program offers high school seniors with high academic achievements an opportunity to be guaranteed a seat in the program after their third semester at SHU, if the student meets all admission criteria 

Siena Heights University’s nursing program was the recipient of the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

SHU earned the honor in the Small Schools category. The awards program recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards, including monetary prize of $1,000, are given annually in four institutional categories: Small Schools; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private Schools without an AHC; and Public Schools without an AHC.

The program was honored for a unique series of live training simulations conducted in 2013-14 that involved students from nursing, theater and social work programs. Under the faculty’s guidance and supervision, specific scenarios involving the care of older adults were recreated.

Kusisto, whose specialty is teaching gerontology courses, got the idea after attending a nursing conference that addressed improving the care of older adults.

“I had to come up with a project that would advance the whole concept,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to work with other disciplines around campus. I thought, ‘What if we used theater students to be our patients, and social work student could collaborate with our nursing students?’ ”

Using a National League of Nurses simulation, Kusisto worked with SHU nursing, theater and social work faculty for more than a year before the simulations were implemented. After researching and studying their patient’s condition, groups of approximately 8-10 students went through an “authentic experience,” Kusisto said. Nursing students were charged with transitioning patients from an acute care facility to a rehabilitation center, working with social work students.

“We didn’t make the patients look old, but it came off as if they were really old,” she said of the roles theater students played as patients and family members. “They had a specific role to play out.”

The simulations were so successful Idczak said SHU’s nursing program is developing a “Simulation and Clinical Reasoning” course that will be available in the fall 2016 semester.

SHU will receive the award during the AACN's fall meeting Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C.

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. You must have an overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher. This includes courses at other universities and all courses at Siena Heights.
5. 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 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)
2. Earn an A or B (lowest grade allowed is a B-) in each of your science courses.
3. Only one science course can be repeated for a higher grade – either at Siena Heights or elsewhere.
4.  An overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher. This includes courses at other universities and all courses at Siena Heights.
5. 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.
6. 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. 

Additional Info

Division:

  • Nursing

Location(s):

Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.
(800) 521-0009