Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admission FAQ

Q: How do you decide who is admitted?
A:  Many factors are considered but meeting or exceeding the strongly recommended minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 and the core science GPA of 3.0 and meeting or exceeding the national averages for the TEAS score strengthen an application.

Q: Do you have a point system?
A:  We do not use a point system in our admission process.

Q:  Why is the GPA so important?
A:  The GPA’s are a strong indicator of the applicant’s academic preparedness to undertake the rigors of our nursing program.

Q:  If I don’t get admitted, what can I do to improve my chances for admission in the future?
A:  If not admitted we recommend you meet with one of our counselors to review your file and identify areas for improvement for a following admission cycle.

Q:  What are the minimum scores required for the TEAS?
A:  We strongly recommend that you meet the national means for the date the test was taken.  The means are listed on the results you receive from ATI.

Q:  Do you have an ongoing waitlist?
A:  We do not maintain on ongoing waitlist.  If waitlisted and not offered admission the applicant’s file is withdrawn and the candidate needs to reapply.

Q:  What happens once I am admitted?
A:  Once admitted you need to pay your $350 nonrefundable tuition deposit to hold your seat in the class.  You then become a ‘student’ and will begin to receive information by email regarding registration, orientation, etc.  Do not change your email account during this time to assure you receive all of the important information.

Q: What will make my application stand out?
A:  It is important to meet and/or exceed all of our admission and prerequisite requirements.  Your application then is reviewed both by the admission staff and faculty.  If all of these requirements are not met, it is unlikely that your application will be reviewed by faculty for a spot in the class.

Q:  Do you have an LVN to BSN bridge program?
A:  We do not offer an LVN to BSN bridge program.  LVN candidates apply as a direct entry transfer student and need to meet all the same admission requirements as any other applicant.  They need to be prepared to complete the entire 2 year curriculum as outlined on our website at

Q:  How long does the decision take from application to notification?
A:  All fall applicants will have their final admission decision by mid-June.  Spring applicants will have their final admission decision by mid-November.  We endeavor to get all decisions out though as soon as possible.

Q:  How many seats do you have each semester?
A:  We generally have 60 seats each semester.  The number of seats available for direct entry transfer students varies greatly from semester to semester.  We usually have more seats for transfer students in the spring.

Q:  What is the partnership program?
A:  We have partnered with 4 private institutions in the Bay Area.  They are Holy Names University in Oakland, Mills College (women only) in Oakland, Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.  Students admitted to the pre-nursing program at one of our partners have priority for admission to Samuel Merritt University once they successfully complete the pre-nursing courses at their institution and meet the admission criteria.  Each partner school has a certain number of seats each semester reserved for their students.  All the partner schools except Saint Mary’s accept transfer students into their pre-nursing program.  Contact information for the partner schools for information on their program is on our website at

Q:  What is the TEAS examination and why is it required?
A:  You can access information on the TEAS from our website at

Q:  How do I register for the TEAS?
A: Please see for more information on the TEAS registration.

Q:  Do I need my TEAS scores when I apply?
A:  The TEAS score is required at the time of application.  If we do not have your results your application will be considered incomplete and will not be progressed in our review process until it is received.  It is in the best interest of the applicant to plan ahead so that the scores are available by the filing deadline. 

Q:  Can I work while in the program?
A:  The nursing program is quite rigorous and requires a lot of study and prep time out of the classroom to be successful.  We understand that students sometimes need to work but strongly recommend that you work no more than 20 hours a week. If you are work study eligible, there are many on campus job opportunities that accommodate the student’s class schedule and currently pay $12/hour. 

Q:  Do you offer a part time or evening option?
A:  Our BSN program is only offered full time and only on the Oakland campus.  We do not offer an evening, weekend or online option.

Q:  How long is the program?
A:  Our program is 4 semesters or two traditional academic years.  We admit for both the spring and fall terms.

Q:  What does a typical schedule look like?
A:  While there is no typical schedule because of the different structure of the courses that have clinical components, you can expect to have lectures and seminars in class on campus two days of the week.  Clinicals take place at a variety of health care agencies in the Bay Area.  You may be at the clinical site 1-2 days a week.  Clinicals occur on both the day and evening shifts.  Students also have to plan for many hours of preparation time for classes and clinicals.

Q:  Where are the clinical rotations?
A:  We affiliate with many health care settings throughout the Bay Area.  Students on our Oakland campus though will complete the majority of their clinical rotations in East Bay facilities.

Q:  How do I get to my clinical rotations?  Are they all accessible by public transportation?
A:  We are not able to guarantee that all clinical sites will be accessible by public transportation so it is important to have access to a car.  Setting up carpools in your clinical groups is always helpful.