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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Admission Requirements

Samuel Merritt University welcomes the opportunity to help you learn more about our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. The ABSN program is our 12 month nursing program for students with a baccalaureate in a non-nursing field. Please see the information below to learn more about applying to the ABSN program.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A 3-DAY SUMMER SEMINAR FOR ABSN STUDENTS

Underrepresented students (African American, Hispanic/Latino and male) are invited to participate in a 3-day summer program, Nursing Success! Seminar. Please click here for more information.

ABSN Applications for Fall 2014 - San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center, San Mateo - Application Update

Applications are closed for Fall 2014.  You are encouraged to apply for a subsequent ABSN term.

ABSN Applications for Spring 2015 - San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center, San Mateo - Application Update

Applications are closed for Spring 2015, San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center, San Mateo.  You are encouraged to apply for a subsequent ABSN term.  The next deadline for applications is 9/1/14 for programs that start in April, May and June 2015.  For a timeline of the application and admission process for spring 2015, please click here.

IMPORTANT UPDATES TO CAMPUS LOCATIONS

Please note that effective with the April 2012 cohort, the San Francisco Learning Center will merge with the San Mateo Learning Center. However for the April and November cohorts, the clinical options will remain in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Summer admission:
April - Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered primarily at healthcare facilities in San Francisco.
May - Classes will be taught in Oakland, and clinicals will be offered in the greater East Bay Area.
June - Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered in the greater South Bay Area.

Fall admission:
November - Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered primarily at healthcare facilities in San Francisco.

Spring admission:
January - Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered in the greater South Bay Area
January - Classes will be taught in Sacramento, and clinicals will be offered in the greater Sacramento Area.

Learn more about the ABSN program:

Virtual Drop-Ins Now Available - Join an ABSN chat room online
We are pleased to offer virtual drop ins to prospective ABSN students.  You are welcome to virtually “drop in” and ask quick, general questions of an Admission Counselor.  This is entirely online.  Dates and times are:

  • October 10, 2014, 3-4 p.m.
  • October 14, 2014, 10-11 a.m.
  • October 23, 2014, 3-4 p.m.
  • October 30, 2014, 1-2 p.m.
  • November 7, 2014, 3-4 p.m.
  • November 13, 2014, 2-3 p.m.
  • November 19, 2014, 3-4 p.m.
  • November 25, 2014, 2-3 p.m.
  • December 3, 2014, 3-4 p.m.
  • December 11, 2014, 4-5 p.m.
  • December 16, 2014, 3-4 p.m.
  • December 22, 2014, 4-5 p.m.

Spring 2015 dates: To be announced

Please note that all times are Pacific Standard Time (California time zone).

Please click here for more information about the VIRTUAL DROP INS.  After you have reviewed the general chat information and are ready to start the chat (see dates and time above), click here to join the chat.

Drop-In Counseling (Oakland only)
If you have a quick question or just need to know one or two things, drop-in counseling may be perfect for your busy schedule. No appointment is needed. Drop-in counseling is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. These are brief visits designed to provide you with some quick information. Drop-in counseling is not available during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.

Counseling Appointments – Oakland, Sacramento and San Mateo

We look forward to welcoming you to our campuses in Oakland, Sacramento and San Mateo.

Oakland - Appointments are available weekdays, during regular business hours. These appointments are usually 30 minutes in length and the main purpose is to review your transcripts for prerequisites. Please bring unofficial or official transcripts with you to the appointment. Please call 510.869.6576 to schedule your counseling appointment.

Sacramento - Information Sessions will be held at the Sacramento Campus. At the session a general overview of the program will be discussed, all of your questions will be answered, and a tour of the campus will be available. If you would like your transcripts reviewed, please bring unofficial or official transcripts with you to the session. They will be collected and a prerequisite review will be emailed to you. Please click here for upcoming dates for information sessions.

San Francisco Peninsula Campus in San Mateo – Information Sessions will be held on Fridays from 10am-12pm. At the session a general over view of the program will be discussed, all of your questions will be answered, and a tour of the campus will be available. If you would like your transcripts reviewed, please bring unofficial or official transcripts with you to the session. They will be collected and a prerequisite review will be emailed to you. Please click here for upcoming dates for information sessions.

ABSN Information Sessions

ABSN Information Sessions

Please join us for an ABSN Information Session. The prerequisite and financial aid information provided is common to all campuses that offer the ABSN program. So please join us whether you are interested in applying to the campus locations in Sacramento, Oakland or San Mateo. Because of limited time there will not be the opportunity to ask individual, specific questions, but you are encouraged to make an individual counseling appointment for a future date where those questions can be answered and transcripts can be reviewed for prerequisites.

Date

Time

Campus and Location

September 12, 20142-4 p.m.3100 Telegraph Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 4002, Oakland CA
September 26, 20142-4 p.m.3100 Telegraph Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 4002, Oakland CA
September 29, 201410am-12pm1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA
October 3, 20142-4 p.m.3100 Telegraph Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 4002, Oakland CA
October 3, 201410am-12pm1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA
October 17, 20142-4 p.m.3100 Telegraph Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 4002, Oakland CA
October 24, 2014
Friday
10am-12pmClassroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
October 28, 2014
Tuesday
12-2 pmClassroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
November 7, 2014
Friday
12-2 pmClassroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
November 12, 20142-4 p.m.3100 Telegraph Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 4002, Oakland CA
November 14, 201410am-12pm1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA
November 21, 201410am-12pm1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA
November 24, 2014
Monday
12-2 pmClassroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
December 3, 20142-4 p.m.3100 Telegraph Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 4002, Oakland CA
December 5, 201410am-12pm1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA
December 9, 2014
Tuesday
12-2 pmClassroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
December 16, 2014
Tuesday
12-2 pmClassroom 4, (3rd floor) 2710N Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
December 18, 20142-4 p.m.3100 Telegraph Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 4001, Oakland CA
December 19, 201410am-12pm1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA

Spring 2015 dates:  to be determined

Additional details:

Oakland campus:
Please park in the parking structure, not the parking lot of Building B on the parking map
Payment is by cash or personal check only. There is no convenient ATM.
The Information Session covers the ABSN program only.

Please arrive on time for the Information Session as the room on the 4th floor is in a secured area and requires a key card to gain access.  There will be a staff person to let you in to the secured area on the 4th floor 15 minutes prior to the start time of the event. 

San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center, San Mateo
Parking is free and plentiful, adjacent to the building.
The Information Session covers the ABSN program only. 

Sacramento Regional Learning Center
The Information Session covers the ABSN and ELMSN program only.
Parking is free and plentiful, adjacent to the building. No RSVP is required.

 

 

Admission Statistics Admission Statistics about all of SMU's programs are available on our statistics at a glance website.

Admission Application

The application for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Samuel Merritt University can be printed directly from our website. Please see: http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/admission/application.

Application Deadlines

*Spring Entry

Sacramento
Application Deadline: July 1
Start of Program: January
Classes will be taught in Sacramento, and clinicals will be offered in the greater Sacramento Area.
All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall term.
However, it is highly recommended and preference in admission will be given to applicants who have all prerequisites completed by the application deadline.

San Mateo
Application Deadline: July 1
Start of Program: January
Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered in the greater South Bay Area.
All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall term.
However, it is highly recommended and preference in admission will be given to applicants who have all prerequisites completed by the application deadline.

*Summer Entry

San Mateo
Application Deadline: September 1
Start of Program: April
Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered primarily at healthcare facilities in San Francisco.
All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall term.
However, it is highly recommended and preference in admission will be given to applicants who have all prerequisites completed by the application deadline.

Oakland
Application Deadline: September 1
Start of Program: May
Classes will be taught in Oakland, and clinicals will be offered in the greater East Bay Area.
All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall term.
However, it is highly recommended and preference in admission will be given to applicants who have all prerequisites completed by the application deadline.

San Mateo
Application Deadline September 1
Start of Program: June
Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered in the greater South Bay Area.
All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term.
However, it is highly recommended and preference in admission will be given to applicants who have all prerequisites completed by the application deadline.

Fall Entry

San Mateo
Application Deadline: March 1
Start of Program: November
Classes will be taught in San Mateo, and clinicals will be offered primarily at healthcare facilities in San Francisco.
All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the summer term.
However, it is highly recommended and preference in admission will be given to applicants who have all prerequisites completed by the application deadline.

The dates listed above are considered postmark deadlines. Applications may be filed beginning two months prior to the application deadline, keeping in mind that it is to your advantage to include as many available grades as possible with the application for admission. For example, with the postmark deadline of March 1 for fall entry for San Mateo, you should wait to submit an application until your fall grades are available.

*Please submit only ONE application for your first choice campus if applying for the spring or summer ABSN admission cycle.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of baccalaureate and all prerequisites by the designated prerequisite deadline for the term for which you are applying from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units
  • Minimum science GPA (science prerequisites only) of 3.0 or higher
  • Letters of reference - Two letters are required and should address academic preparedness for study in an intensive program and potential as a nurse. Suggested references are professors, supervisors, or health care professionals (strongly preferred) who know you well through volunteer or paid work experiences. All required letters of reference should be submitted with your application for admission.
  • Writing Sample - Three distinct writing samples are required as explained on the application for admission.
  • Basic computer word processing skills
  • CPR - certification at the healthcare provider level, earned prior to the start of classes from the American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org.
  • If you have attended a nursing program at another college or university, a statement explaining your reasons for seeking a transfer will be required. Additionally, a letter from the Dean or Director of your nursing program indicating that you are in good standing and eligible for continued enrollment in the nursing program will be required. This letter should be submitted with your application for admission.
  • TOEFL (U.S. citizens or international students) - The need for TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided on the application for admission; if required, a score of 100 must be achieved and official score results must be provided, www.toefl.org
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS is used as one of several important factors in determining admission and is required for all applicants to the ABSN program by the deadline date for applications. It is highly suggested that your scores meet or exceed the national score averages for your particular TEAS exam. These national score averages are posted on the transcript that have your TEAS score results that you receive from ATI.

Please click here for a list of TEAS FAQs.
Please click here to register for the TEAS. <TEAS Exam>

Program Prerequisites

  • Prerequisites may not be completed concurrently with the program.
  • Your classes do not expire. However if your science prerequisites were taken more than 5 years ago it is recommended that you take a refresher course unless you are currently working within the healthcare field.
  • Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C-" or above.
  • The prerequisites listed in the table below must be completed by the stated deadlines.

Prerequisite Course Equivalencies At California Community Colleges And Other Course Resources

Grade Point Calculations and Course Repeat Policy

  • GPAs are calculated using a 4.0 scale
  • GPA's are calculated with the grades available at the time of application
  • If a course has been repeated, only the most recent grade is included in the GPA
  • Science GPA is calculated using the four prerequisite science lab courses: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry

International Students and Transcripts

Please note that international students can only be admitted to study on the Oakland campus. We are unable to administer student visas at our Sacramento and San Mateo campuses. All foreign academic transcripts must be evaluated by a U.S. evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES) for degree, course content, semester unit equivalencies, and science and cumulative GPAs prior to the application deadline. Information on NACES may be found at www.naces.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of FAQs, click here.

English Composition/English Literature/English Critical Thinking (not Philosophy)

6 semester units

Interpersonal Communication
(a public speaking course is not acceptable)

3 semester units

Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology

3 semester units

Social Science Elective
(any anthropology, sociology, psychology or ethnic studies course beyond those required)

3 semester units

Statistics

3 semester units

Life Span/Developmental Psychology
(content must cover birth to death)

3 semester units

Nutrition

3 semester units

Human Anatomy with lab *

4 semester units

Human Physiology with lab *

4 semester units

Chemistry with lab

4 semester units or 6 quarter units

Microbiology with lab

4 semester units

Pharmacology * Approved Pharmacology Courses

Varies

Pathophysiology * Approved Pathophysiology Courses

Varies

*These courses are often taught at Samuel Merritt University fall, spring and summer terms. They are designed for prospective students; you will find the information regarding the upcoming courses here: SMU Special Status Courses.