Direct Admit Program

High School Students Can Qualify by Meeting Certain Admissions Criteria

Siena Heights University's Nursing Direct Admit program is for those high school students who are interested in a career in nursing.

SHU has established admission criteria for students to directly enter the SHU Nursing Program. Students who have an ACT score of 24 or higher and a B grade or above in high school science courses will be considered for the Direct Admit program. Students will also need to complete a successful drug screening and background check before admission to the nursing major.

“Siena Nursing facilitates students to develop excellent clinical reasoning skills through application and analysis of nursing knowledge,” said SHU Director of Nursing Dr. Sue Idczak. “A high school graduate with an ACT of 24 or higher is typically a good critical thinker. As director of Nursing, I know high school students have many choices of where to attend nursing school. The state of Michigan is fortunate to have excellent nursing education opportunities. Siena Nursing wants to direct admit students who are good thinkers! With an ACT of 24 or higher, a student can have a seat in the Siena Nursing program if he or she earns As and Bs here at Siena.”

In addition, SHU Nursing is a second admit program, meaning students must apply at the start of their sophomore year of college to be accepted into the nursing program. Students must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average in all courses and a grade of an A or a B in all science courses to be considered for an automatic seat under the new direct admit program. Once admitted, students will be required to complete five semesters of nursing coursework before earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

“Siena nurses become successful both as nurse scientists (clinical reasoning skills) and nurse artists (caring in the moment for patients),” Idczak said. “Students who come to Siena as high-achieving high school students deserve to earn a seat to become Siena nurses.”    

For more information about SHU Nursing and the Direct Admit program, contact Dr. Idczak at 517-264-7131 or

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