SHU Nursing Receives Five-Year Accreditation From CCNE

Program Earns “Perfect Compliance” In Meeting All Elements

The Siena Heights Nursing program recently received a five-year accreditation – the best a new program in baccalaureate or graduate nursing education can receive – from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In fact, the program was found in “perfect compliance” with all elements relating to accreditation.

“I am unbelievably humbled and honored that Siena Heights University Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,” said SHU Director of Nursing Dr. Sue Idczak. “This organization represents the highest standards required in baccalaureate and graduate nursing education.”

Siena Heights Nursing met all four standards, including 26 key elements, with no compliance issues.  

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for Sue and Siena Nursing,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “To receive this level of accreditation shows the amount of hard work and dedication involved in completing this process. Sue and her faculty, as well as Sister Sharon Weber, our vice president of Academic Affairs, should be commended for their efforts.”

SHU Nursing has both the BSN pre-licensure program and the RN to BSN degree completion program. Siena Heights was approved in 2008 to educate licensed registered nurses to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, with the first pre-licensure BSN students beginning classes in January 2010. All SHU Nursing faculty hold Master of Science in Nursing degrees, and two faculty are PhD prepared.

“A five-year accreditation is exceptional for the first evaluation,” Dr. Idczak said. “SHU Nursing is so grateful for the support from our entire SHU community, as well from as the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the Board of Trustees, Nursing Advisory Board members and the Lenawee County health care community.”  

For more information concerning SHU Nursing, please call 517-264-7180.

Program Info

Nursing (RN-BSN)

Learn more about Nursing (RN-BSN)

Meet Siena


Profile photo

Arthur Gwoszdz

Digital Communications and Computer Information Systems major; Student Government President; Brazil

Faculty & Staff

Profile photo

Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


Profile photo

Jacob Chi, '85

Music Graduate; Conductor; Professor of Music, Colorado State University-Pueblo