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About Samuel Merritt University

Why Choose Samuel Merritt University?

HISTORY & REPUTATION
Originally founded in 1909, Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is a fully accredited health sciences institution located in Oakland, California. The University offers degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatric medicine. Samuel Merritt University offers three doctoral degree programs, including podiatric medicine, physical therapy and nursing practice. Samuel Merritt University is an affiliate of Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. 86% of surveyed students (Fall 2012) site "reputation of program" as the top reason to attend SMU.

STUDENT SUCCESS
Samuel Merritt University is the largest source of new registered nurses in California. The University is also the largest provider of physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants and podiatric physicians in the greater East Bay. Student enrollment is over 1,400, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento and San Mateo (San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center). The University strives to reflect the community it serves by recruiting students with a variety of ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Samuel Merritt University graduates' passing scores on licensure and certification exams exceed state and national rates. Due to the University’s reputation for academic and clinical excellence, its graduates are heavily recruited, and have one of the highest rates of employment within one year of graduation. And, the financial aid office is able to provide over 98% of its students with the proper amount of financial aid to cover the cost of tuition, fees and living expenses.

FACULTY EXCELLENCE
Samuel Merritt has a strong reputation for personalized instruction because of its outstanding faculty, who bring impressive academic and clinical backgrounds to life-long learning, and a deep commitment to students and to the community. SMU faculty are regularly published in peer-reviewed journals and books, many more are invited to serve on national boards or professional committees, and a growing number have been awarded research grants and other professional honors. Read more here.

STATE-OF-THE ART FACILITIES
Our Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) is one of the West’s most advanced healthcare simulation facilities, with state-of the-art medical equipment where SMU students, faculty and working health professionals act out scenarios. The new Motion Analysis Research Center (MARC) is located in the SMU Health Education Center on the University’s Oakland campus. The center is equipped with the latest technology to study movement including a nine-camera, three-dimensional motion-capture system, force platforms, in-shoe and platform pressure mapping systems, electromyography, and other equipment to evaluate movement and motor function.

COMMUNITY
From a partnership with a local Oakland church to work with a local group dedicated to supporting underserved youth interested in healthcare careers, Samuel Merritt University is committed to working with our local community. Students are offered a variety of ways to get involved. Read more about our community outreach.

GLOBAL
SMU is committed to doing good work, in our local community and beyond. For years, SMU faculty and students have been traveling across the globe, providing clinics and care and delivering equipment to communities in need. Read more about our international medical trips.

MISSION
Samuel Merritt University educates students to become highly skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals who positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities.

VISION
Samuel Merritt University is recognized as a premier health sciences institution. Expert faculty and staff shape an inclusive learning environment where students experience best teaching practices and state-of-the-art learning approaches. The University selects and supports students who flourish in its rigorous academic programs, learn to practice expertly, and pass licensure or certification examinations on first attempt.

PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
The philosophy of teaching and learning at Samuel Merritt University consist of a system of beliefs and values about the partnership between faculty and students in the teaching and learning process. The philosophy is directed toward the preparation of healthcare practitioners whose practice is planned and coordinated around the unique qualities of each person served. The philosophy requires that SMU graduates use sound reasoning which incorporates the current best evidence, clinical expertise, and the preference of the people served.

Programs, curricula, and courses are designed to values active, experiential learning and collegial, scholarly, and effective interaction among students and faculty. We believe that clinical and practical applications, grounded in the basic sciences, social sciences, and humanities, provide a critical foundation for learning in the health professions.

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