Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA 94609

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) was founded in 1909 as a private, non-profit hospital school of nursing. The campus is located within the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. SMU is a health sciences university with a focus on nursing programs. Nursing degrees are available for both undergrads and grads, with additional graduate programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and podiatric medicine. SMU is affiliated with the Sutter Health Network and the only provider of physical and occupational therapists in the greater East Bay region. The school is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and all programs are fully-accredited.

SMU mostly offers graduate programs in the nursing field through the SMU School of Nursing. However, they do have a traditional BSN program, accelerated BSN program, and RN to MSN program. The BSN program is a two-year program, with students completing the prerequisite courses at other universities, such as a two-year community college. The MSN programs include three specialty tracks, including Case Management, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthesia. For those seeking a doctorate, SMU offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. These programs are all accredited by the CCNE.



Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio9:1
Open Admission-
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Accelerated MSN
  2. Accelerated BSN
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP)

    The DNP program is accredited by the Senior Commission of WASC.

  5. Masters degrees (MSN)

    The Samuel Merritt University Master of Science program offers a flexible approach personalized to the needs of the student. Classes in the program are offered in evenings and on weekends to meet the needs of professional students as well as offering full time study.

    Students who successfully complete the Master of Science in Nursing, degree are eligible for national and state certification.

    Students are admitted into the MSN program on the basis of academic preparation interest in advanced nursing and commitment to serving.

    Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for certification from the California Board of Registered of Nursing as well as being eligible for national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    Admission Requirements

    1. A baccalaureate Degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
    2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate academic and practical coursework
    3. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
    4. Written statement expressing professional goals
    5. Two letters of recommendation
    6. Minimum of a ‘C’ grade in a statistics course
    7. Computer literacy

    The MSN program accepts 24 students every year. The application deadline for admission is the 15th of January. 

  6. BSN

    The Samuel Merritt University Nursing Program admits students transferring from other colleges and universities on a limited basis for entry in the fall or in the spring semesters.

    Freshmen applicants interested in the program can also apply directly to one of the partnership programs for pre-nursing

    • Mills College, Oakland
    • Saint Mary’s College of California
    • Holy Names University, Oakland
    • Norte Dame De Namur, Belmont

    Student can complete the liberal arts and science courses at these schools and transfer to Samuel Merritt University for nursing courses. The BSN degree is awarded by Samuel Merritt University.

    Samuel Merritt also offers an intensive, 12-month Accelerated BSN program which is designed to prepare students who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.

    Admission Requirements for BSN program:

    1. 66 semester units of transferable work (including pre-requisite courses)
    2. GPA of 3.00 or higher on all college level course work (2.50 GPA for pre-requisite science courses)   
    3. A minimum of 9 semester or 14 quarter units of academic courses (completed with a 2.50 GPA in the last two years)
    4. TEAS scores
    5. Letter of reference
    6. Transfer students need to prove good standing and eligibility for continued enrollment at their former institution.
    7. Basic life support certification for healthcare providers level obtained from the American Heart Association or AHA
    8. Sample of writing

    The admissions deadline for enrollment in the fall semester is the 1st of March and the deadline for enrollment in the spring semester is the 1st of September.

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 364
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 41
Nurse Anesthetist Master's degree 26
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 63
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 8

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Samuel Merritt University

Holy Names University
4.49 miles away
Saint Mary's College of California
8.81 miles away
University of San Francisco
10.54 miles away
Dominican University of California
17.45 miles away
Touro University California
18.27 miles away
Pacific Union College
52.99 miles away
Fresno Pacific University
158.39 miles away
Simpson University
192.88 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
06/30/1984 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/25/2013 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
04/09/1994 - Current

Admission to School

No Info Available

Net Price

This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergrad students in 2015-2016, therefore net price information is not available.

Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,371.00 $1,371.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,203.00 $1,203.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Non-resident alien

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

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